Mo Ting watched in seriousness from beginning to end. This was Tangning's actual first time at being the main female lead.
Tangning looked at Mo Ting nervously as a smile appeared on his face.
"Why are you looking at me like that?"
"I want to know your thoughts," Tangning replied, "Because you know best how to evaluate an actor."
"I feel honored that Mrs Mo thinks so highly of me," Mo Ting hooked his arm around Tangning and rested his chin on her head. "To be honest, I don't need to say anything. Every single member of the audience has already expressed their thoughts and I am merely one of them."
"Ning...you've done really well and you will only get better. With your results from 'W.H.', you will definitely receive The Fei Tian Award for Best Newcomer!"
These weren't just comforting words from Mo Ting, they were the truth. In fact, Tangning's abilities had exceeded Mo Ting's expectations...
Especially when she acted alongside Bei Chendong. The interaction between the two made people feel suspense and excitement.
The Best Newcomer Award!
This was what all new actors dreamed of; Tangning was no different. Otherwise, a hopeful look would not appear in her eyes.
However, just as her film was selling out rapidly, the media suddenly released an explosive piece of news. The Prince of Music, Luo Xing, was rumored to be dating Zhao Qinyi, a no-name actress that was older than him by 10 years!
In fact, there were pictures of the two boarding a car together as evidence. The car was also captured to be entering Hyatt Regency; it seemed, they went in to seek Tangning's approval.
"I guess this Yi Jie couldn't be trusted," Tangning said with a ridiculing smile.
"It might not be her. She wouldn't dare," Mo Ting said as he looked into Tangning's eyes. "She may have been used without knowing it."
"Let Tang Jingxuan handle it..."
This time, Tangning had no intention to get involved.
But, the thing that surprised everyone the most was that Tang Jingxuan was expected to step out immediately and clarify the entire incident, but he didn't, even though he knew that plenty of his fans liked him for his youth and good looks and this rumor with an older woman would crush their hearts.
"I hope Luo Xing will clarify everything soon."
"Why is such an old woman bothering my Luo Xing?"
"Luo Xing, are you blind? If this is true, I'm not going to be your fan anymore!"
"Zhao Qinyi is much too shameless. Is this old cow trying to feed on fresh gra.s.s?"
The websites of Luo Xing's fan club and other entertainment portals were filled with discussions. Thanks to his relations.h.i.+p with Tangning, Tang Jingxuan was destined to float around the hottest headlines for the next few days. So, when Fang Yu went to question him, he simply replied, "I originally planned to do one last fan concert anyway, my reputation doesn't matter anymore. We'll just let Yi Jie have her way..."
Fang Yu held his left elbow with his right hand and leaned against the floor-to-ceiling window, "This incident had nothing to do with Zhao Qinyi. She was sold out by her manager. Otherwise, she wouldn't have waited so many days before releasing the photos. Her manager obviously did it for money."
"How are you feeling?"
"Huh?" Tang Jingxuan didn't quite understand Fang Yu's question.
"I'm referring to...her. Don't you care what she thinks?" Fang Yu hinted towards Song Yanshu.
Tang Jingxuan looked at Fang Yu with a stunned expression; he had not had the chance to think about this consequence yet. But, after a short moment, he calmed down and shook his head, "This is my own matter. It has nothing to do with her."
"Fine, do as you wish," Fang Yu sighed. "When you have some spare time, write a few songs. After all, the agency spent heaps of money to train you. You should make a contribution so your brother-in-law can be proud in front of others."
"Yes, I know."
After a short chat, Tang Jingxuan left Fang Yu's office. However, as he walked into the corridor, he saw Song Yanshu on the other end, standing anxiously against the barrier.
Tang Jingxuan pretended not to see her. Just as he was about to turn around and walk the other way, Song Yanshu turned around and saw him.
"What's the matter?" Tang Jingxuan asked calmly.
"Aren't you going to clarify the rumors that are going around? I don't believe that you would be dating Yi Jie."
"We are indeed together," Tang Jingxuan cut in. "Otherwise, with my ident.i.ty and Hai Rui's abilities, did you think she'd be able to expose something like this?"
"But, your concert is just around the corner..."
"Miss Song, this has nothing to do with you," Tang Jingxuan heartlessly burst her bubble before turning to leave.
Song Yanshu was left standing all alone as she watched Tang Jingxuan walk away. Tang Jingxuan was right, this indeed had nothing to do with her.
But, things only got worse, because another piece of news was released soon after. This time, it was exposed that Yi Jie was pregnant - and the child belonged to Tang Jingxuan!
"Oh G.o.d, if this is true then Luo Xing must be blind."
"No matter what, I can't accept that Luo Xing is with an old and ugly woman."
Song Yanshu often looked through the news at home. Every time she came across an article that was negative towards Tang Jingxuan, she would delete it. But, this time, the news was much too aggressive; she couldn't handle it on her own.
Afterwards, Song Yanshu thought long and hard about everything that had happened recently. It seemed, from the moment that her and Tang Jingxuan laid their cards on the table, Tang Jingxuan had not been normal again. Could everything that happened be because of her?
With this thought, Song Yanshu felt regretful and sad. She wanted so badly to offer Tang Jingxuan a hand, but...
...the situation was worse than she thought.
If she had known this would happen, she would not have hidden her true feelings...
But, the least expected thing was yet to come...
Because of Tang Jingxuan's rumors, his concert was greatly effected; over half his tickets had already been refunded.
This made the organizers feel extremely awkward; they had already come too far to back out...
In the end, the host of the concert contacted Tang Jingxuan to ask for his opinion, "I think you only have one option now. You should cancel the concert."
"No...I also have a second option. I can pay from my own pocket. Even if no one turns up, that's fine." He simply wanted to do it for himself.
The man looked at Tang Jingxuan and sighed as he nodded his head, "Should we ask Tangning for help?"
"No need," Tang Jingxuan shook his head. "This is my own matter, I don't want to trouble Sister Three."
The man looked at Tang Jingxuan like he was looking at someone that was crazy. He couldn't understand what he was thinking. Allowing something like this once would open up the floodgates for future occurrences; it would change the rules in the industry and bring shame upon them.
"Fine, the concert will go ahead as planned."
Tang Jingxuan thanked the man once again. But thinking about the last stage that he'd be stepping foot on, he couldn't help but reminisce about his once pa.s.sionate self...
Unfortunately, in the end, no fans turned up at his concert!
Not a single one...