Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 136: Starlight Dinner
“I also saw it. Headline Entertainment has already posted a trailer, saying that it’s related to a top traffic and will detonate Weibo!”
“Headline Entertainment has always liked to use grandstanding words, so there’s always been a gap between the popularity in their mouths and our understanding of popularity. Last time, they said that there would be a video of a first-line huadan. After days of guessing which huadan was involved, it was revealed that it was only Shao Qingqing. The only line she’s on is the shit-line and the affair was with her model boyfriend that floods the news every day!”
“Did anyone copy the limerick of Headline Entertainment?”
“This time it’s not a limerick. It’s a still photo of <The East Palace is Coming>!”
“Shit! Zheng Siqi didn’t really fall in love with Yang Lizhi, right?”
“I also think it’s Zheng Siqi and Yang Lizhi. After all, they’re both top streams.”
Rumors circulated that the two had fallen in love while filming their idol love drama, but it appeared to be a sibling love rather than a romantic one.
“After the two of them finished filming that idol drama, weren’t they photographed eating together?”
“I also think it’s the two of them. There have been a lot of news about them recently. A popular actress paired with a popular student fits the eligibility to paralyze Weibo.”
“Monsoon Entertainment usual hype methods are good!” The plum powders was angry. “Take Yang Lizhi away! Monsoon and Zheng Siqi are dead.”
Fresh powders weren’t so easy to provoke. “A certain old sister shouldn’t play too much, and hype things not fitting of her image!”
“Who is the old sister upstairs is referring to?”
“The one that’s eight years older than Zheng Siqi. You know, that, older sister.”
The two fan groups instantly started bickering.
Bai Qingquan, who loved to watch gossip, also noticed this breaking news and was a little sad. He said to Wei Ge, “Siqi’s a famous grass that has an owner*!”
*(名草有主) Refers to a handsome guy who’s famous who has a girlfriend. || Side note: Grass generally refers to handsome boys/men while flower refers to beautiful girls/women. You may be familiar with the term like school grass/flower.
Wei Ge said, “You’re obviously not a person with a heart of flowers, so why do you always act so thirsty when you see a handsome guy? Just now, Li Meilan sent a message and asked if you would like to walk the red carpet with Shen Jintai and Zheng Siqi.”
Bai Qingquan said, “We’re not from the same company.”
“I suggest you go with them,” Wei Ge said. “The three of you standing together as the three masters of the East Palace will get you on the hot search.”
Bai Qingquan said, “Forget it.”
Wei Ge: “What’s wrong with you? Weren’t you quite hot with Shen Jintai during filming, constantly hugging and crying, but now that filming is done, you’re being cold again?”
Bai Qingquan smiled and said nothing. He felt like he was falling for Shen Jintai, and he wasn’t sure whether it was because he was still too caught up in the act. He hoped that being estranged from him for a while would pull him out of the drama.
He was desperate for love, but he had never been in love. He yearned for that feeling that Yu Nuo and Luo Wensheng had.
It had snowed heavily today, but it still didn’t stop the enthusiasm of the fans. The red carpet was already covered by a thin layer of snow. The most dedicated stars tonight were the female ones. On such a cold day, they still wore dresses and high heels, showing off all their glamor. Bai Qingquan saw Yang Lizhi stepping onto the red carpet in high heels, wearing a red mermaid dress, as she trailed past the red carpet, soaking in the admiration of everyone around.
If it was him, he would be shivering from the cold. He took off his down jacket and got out of the car. The moonlight powder had already seen him, and screaming started as they began shaking their glow sticks and light signs.
He smiled and stood at the entrance of the red carpet, waiting for the dispatcher to cue him. Wei Ge finally asked him again, “You really don’t want to wait for Shen Jintai and the others? They have already arrived.”
Bai Qingquan glanced back and saw that Shen Jintai’s car had stopped nearby. The organizers specially arranged the appearance order of the three of them together. The dispatcher seemed to be waiting for him to make a decision, and Yang Lizhi was already being interviewed.
Shen Jintai got out of the car first and waved his hand toward Bai Qingquan. Before he could call to him, the gold powders screamed restlessly. The sky fill with the shout of gold powders as golden light signs dazzled in the snow. Shen Jintai was momentarily shocked by the scene before he smiled and waved to the onlookers, who waved back to him.
Immediately after, Zheng Siqi had also gotten out of the car, dressed in a black suit that made him look tall and handsome.
“Ahhhhhhhh. This is looking at history on screen! The East Palace three heroes! Li Xu, Zhou Ying, and Zhou Jing!”
“Touhua’s outfit this time looks so good, especially the gold rose on his chest!”
“I thought he was wearing flowers again, but after a close-up view, I found that it’s actually embroidery on the top of the pocket! Touhua looks so radiant today!”
“Are there any better-looking men in the entertainment industry than the three of them? I can do all three of them!”
Bai Qingquan also felt that Shen Jintai seemed to have become more beautiful. Why did he feel so aggressive?
“Qingquan.” Shen Jintai greeted him with a smile.
Zheng Siqi: “Long time no see.”
Bai Qingquan greeted Zheng Siqi. “Siqi.”
“We sent you a message. Didn’t you get it?” Zheng Siqi asked with a smile.
Bai Qingquan gave a light smile, trying to hide his embarrassment. They were arranged to walk together on the red carpet today, and the red carpet host was even more riveted. He cut Yang Lizhi’s interview short and tiptoed excitedly as he took the interview card and looked at them with a smile.
The combination of shouts from gold, moonlight, and fresh powders echoed loudly at the scene and reached its peak in an instant the moment the three stepped on the red carpet.
Yang Lizhi crossed her arms and said to her assistant, “The three of them are all very popular by themselves, but when they combine, they have stolen all the limelight today.” She regretted not walking with them, as she was a member of the East Palace as well. Well, her role as the main heroine had been more like a superfluous accessory since its broadcast.
“Welcome, welcome!” The male host’s voice was loud and clear.
“Welcome, welcome Shen Jintai, Bai Qingquan, and Zheng Siqi!” The female host’s voice sounded more like a fan as she successfully suppressed her inner fangirl screams.
“The three great masters of the East Palace are united again. With this combination, our charity dinner tonight is certainly bathed in starlight!”
“We like to welcome the three: Shen Jintai, Bai Qingquan, and Zheng Siqi!”
The three of them walked to the shooting area under the guidance of the beautiful emcee. There were a bunch of photographers holding their cameras and shooting wildly at them. Shen Jintai had a hard time adapting to all the flashing lights since he hadn’t appeared in public for a while. He couldn’t help but smile and slightly tilt his head to the side, which only made the shutter sound more rapidly.
“Owwwww!!! Ah~ Touhua is such a beauty!”
“Is it the makeup? I feel that he looks so good, and his whole body is glowing.”
“Touhua isn’t in love anymore, right? My eyes are very poisonous, but I think his face has love written all over it!”
“The skin is fair, the eyes are bright, the lips are red, and the laughter is alluring. Who can hold such a superbly handsome guy like this in his arms!”
“Sure enough, he still matches Zheng Siqi best. Cold and handsome with a dazzling beauty!”
“Why do you all use beauty to describe Touhua? Have you already accepted Touhua as a shou by default?”
“Hahahaha, it’s a pity if Touhua isn’t the shou!”
The gold powders were so busy licking their brother’s face that they forgot to comment on this matter. With Shen Jintai reputation pristine now, black powders were unable to make a peep, especially after Xiaoqi was fined by the court some time ago, causing several professional black powders of Shen Jintai to disappear.
Mrs. Yan didn’t walk the red carpet but instead directly entered the banquet scene with her entourage. She watched the event live on the big screen inside the banquet. She smiled and turned to look at Yan Qiuchi at the next table, who was talking to the Zhao family’s second son. From time to time, he would sneak a peek at the big screen.
The host had finished interviewing Zheng Siqi and looked at Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan with a smile. He was accommodating and gave them a chance to promote their movie. “I heard the two of you have just finished working on a movie that will be released on Valentine’s Day next year. Would you like to tell everyone here more about it?”
Shen Jintai smiled and gave Bai Qingquan the microphone. Bai Qingquan smiled and motioned for him to speak. Shen Jintai nodded. “Yes, our new movie, <When You’re Older>, will be released on February 14th next year. It’s a very sincere love film. I hope you can watch it in theaters and support it.”
After speaking, he raised the microphone to Bai Qingquan. This time, he picked it up, and the moonlight powders screamed. He smiled and stretched out his hand to signal for them to be quiet, showing a very graceful and handsome look. “This is the second project I have collaborated on with Jintai. It can be regarded as the big-screen debut for the both of us. I hope you will support it. Thank you everyone.”
After speaking, he bowed quietly. Shen Jintai couldn’t help but laugh when he thought Bai Qingquan’s words were coquettish. Bai Qingquan noticed him laughing and turned to him, then laughed as well.
“Then will Siqi go see them?” The host said, cuing in Zheng Siqi again.
Zheng Siqi smiled and said, “I will reserve an entire venue as support.”
“Okay, thank you for coming! We hope to see more outstanding works in the future. Thank you again, you three, and please head inside!”
Fang Yun hurriedly walked through the crowd with a complicated expression on her face. She reached Yan Qiuchi, leaned into his ears, and whispered to him.
Yan Qiuchi walked out immediately, and Fang Yun said, “They all called several times.”
It was Xiao Yang who called. “Qiuchi, I just heard that the paparazzi of Entertainment Weekly photographed you and Shen Jintai.”
Yan Qiuchi was taken aback for a moment. “Where is the news?”
“I heard it from a senior executive from Headline Entertainment. Listening to your tone, it seems to be true,” Xiao Yang said. “The paparazzi of Headline Entertainment have always been notorious. They usually are the ones who expose most of the romances in the entertainment industry. They haven’t released the news yet. Why don’t you contact them and negotiate on a price.”
Yan Qiuchi: “Is the news certain?”
“My friend and I have a very good relationship. Knowing that I am best friends with you, he was willing to reveal the news to me. He said that you should be prepared in advance. Read it for yourself. Headline Entertainment’s official Weibo made a post not long ago referring to Shen Jintai.”
Yan Qiuchi said “Nn”, and after hanging up, he immediately searched the official Weibo account of Headline Entertainment. The stills of <The East Palace is Coming> hung impressively on the post with the text: [Secrets of the East Palace].
Yan Qiuchi’s heart rose instantly. He had very few opportunities to meet with Shen Jintai during this period of time. The only time he had been in contact would be either the parking lot or Shen Jintai’s room. The parking lot could still be salvageable, but there was no way to explain if it was a photograph of him appearing in Shen Jintai’s room, and it would be even more troublesome if it got publicized.
Their hotel check-in information was strictly confidential, and no one from the outside knew on which floor the crew was staying, let alone the specific room number. Either it was photographed from a window or the surveillance data of the hotel corridor was stolen.
Now that this candid shot had begun fermenting, it would explode. He immediately called Fang Yun and went to find the contact information for Headline Entertainment. Since they were in the same circle, the information was easily found, and Fang Yun quickly connected him with President Sun of Headline Entertainment.
President Sun said, “To tell you the truth, our people did take pictures, and they broke the news anonymously for a fee. Since you have contacted me on your own initiative, I will give you some face. The news will definitely explode, but I’ll give you an update tomorrow morning. Finally, congratulations, President Yan. You finally caught up.”
When the paparazzi capture an explosive scene, they usually let netizens play guessing games to let the anticipation ferment while they contact the parties involved. If the price could be negotiated, they would release less painful material. Otherwise, the material would be directly released.
Headline Entertainment mainly relied on this method to make a living. Their bad reputation had long been well known, so there wasn’t a better way to solve it. Yan Qiuchi simply said, “Name your price.”
Yan Qiuchi had his own bottom line. Even if his relationship with Shen Jintai was made public, it would be on their terms and only after sufficient preparations were made, ensuring it wouldn’t impact Shen Jintai. Only then will he take the initiative. This kind of forced disclosure, with only a half-day time limit, was simply not enough time for a PR counterattack, and he would never allow himself to cause a negative impact on Shen Jintai.
Taking a step back, even if he and Shen Jintai were in a romantic relationship, he would never allow a video of him and Shen Jintai getting along privately to be made public on the internet. Their appearances in front of each other were only for their eyes. He didn’t want to be watched by others or have Shen Jintai’s private appearance seen either. This should only belong to him and Shen Jintai alone.
Mrs. Yan noticed his strangeness as she asked, “What happened?”
“It has been resolved.” Yan Qiuchi said lightly.
As soon as his voice fell, he saw Shen Jintai, Bai Qingquan, and Zheng Siqi enter the banquet together, guided by the emcee. Even with the area filled with hundreds of celebrities, the three of them could still attract everyone’s attention. Young, tall, fair-skinned, and handsome; they were brilliant like starlight.
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The exposure of this chapter was quite unexpected, so you can look forward to it.
Ahhh Yan Qiuchi~ So gong!!! He takes care of his wifey.