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‘Disappearance’ of top Chinese actress Fan Bingbing concerns fans

Published on: 6:03 pm - Thursday | August 2, 2018

Chinese social media users are questioning the whereabouts of one of China’s biggest film stars.


Fan Bingbing is one of the world’s highest paid actors, but media reports in the country say that she hasn’t been seen in public since 1 July when she visited a children’s hospital.


Social media users are also noting her unusual silence on the popular Sina Weibo microblog, where she has more than 62 million followers. She has not been active on her account since 23 July, when she “liked” a number of posts.


In May, prominent TV presenter Cui Yongyuan appeared to accuse Fan Bingbing of tax evasion. Her studio has denied any wrongdoing,


It has not commented on her whereabouts.


Social media concern


Ms Fan is known internationally as a singer and model, as well as for her appearance in the X-Men film franchise.


She is one of China’s most influential celebrities and posts regularly on her Weibo account. Her posts consistently receive thousands of user comments.


This makes her current online silence unusual, and hundreds of thousands of social media users have been voicing their concern.


Many are replying to her most recent post on 2 June and asking for her to release a statement and confirm that she is well.

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