"Qiao Qiao, you're still alive? Do you know that Mr. Lu has been looking for you like crazy?!"
Qiao Anhao originally wanted to ask Zhao Meng why she wasn't asleep when it was so late, but when she heard those words "Mr. Lu has been looking for you like crazy", her fingers on the iPad suddenly stopped.
Zhao Meng continued to send her endless amounts of voice notes. Before Qiao Anhao could even click on them, the other sent her a video chat request.
Qiao Anhao accepted the call. In her iPad, she saw Zhao Meng in a pair of large framed gla.s.ses, pajamas, and with an erratic expression on her face. She asked, "Qiao Qiao, I called you but you didn't pick up. Just what the h.e.l.l got into you?"
"I don't have my phone on me..."
Qiao Anhao only got those few words in before Zhao Meng interrupted her, as though she had other important matters to tell her. "Forget it, forget it. I'll deal with you for that later. Right now, I've got three important things to tell you. First, "Heaven's Sword" is set to continue shooting from next Wednesday. Second, Mr. Lu has been looking for you. Third, yesterday morning, you've been caught in a scandal!"
It sounded like Zhao Meng wasn't going to take a breath, nor give Qiao Anhao time to ask her the questions on her mind, as she jabbered on until everything was said. "Qiao Qiao, do you remember when you filmed "Alluring Times" with an actress called w.a.n.g Ying who played Cheng Yang's secretary? She's quite good looking and she has a great personality. She was in an incident that later dragged you into it..."
Qiao Anhao furrowed her brows for a moment. "How did it drag me into it?"
"Her boyfriend is a very popular singer in Hong Kong. The two of them were caught taking drugs the day before yesterday at eleven o'clock. News got out, and it reached the top of Weibo's headlines.
"At first, everyone was hot on the two of them, but at twelve o'clock, someone released a photo of you and w.a.n.g Ying on the set of "Alluring Times". There were some other photos from an outtake that made her look tired. Those photos look like drugs were taken.
"As you were the second female lead of the recently popular drama, "Alluring Times", your followed count has increased But then, everyone thought that you were taking drugs too, and then someone found photos of you and w.a.n.g Ying together...
"You know what the people on the internet are like. They basically never go and find out the truth, they just follow the trends, and so the rumors started to spread everywhere in a moment's notice. Everybody's saying that you took the drugs, so you're in the headlines."
Qiao Anhao didn't think that she'd fall down the stairs and be unconscious for several days, and when did wake up, colossal changes would have happened. She hastily clicked onto Weibo, but she didn't search her name. Her brows couldn't help but furrow when she thought that Zhao Meng was pulling a prank on her.
But then Zhao Meng said, "Headlines like these, about taking drugs, is a career killer for celebrities. On top of that, other celebrities would brutally stay far away from you. Then to top it all off, the nation is extremely strict on these things, so after these rumors came out, a lot of people didn't dare speak out for you.
"Apart from Song Xiangsi, who came out to say something. But in the end, even she received backlash. They said that even she might be taking drugs! Finally, at around three in the morning, Mr. Lu saved you."