Singer Hwang Chi Yeol, who was recently accused of tossing away presents from his fans in China, officially denied the rumor.
Hwang Chi Yeol's Chinese agency stated in its official announcement, "The recent rumor about the singer -- that he keeps only the expensive presents and throws away the cheap ones -- is not factual."
This announcement was a response to a social media post that seem to suggest that Hwang Chi Yeol wears or takes pricey items from fans right away but leaves the handmade, cheaper items in his hotel room. The post had a photo of shopping bags in a hotel suite that Hwang Chi Yeol supposedly stayed in.
The agency emphasized in the official release, "Hwang Chi Yeol loves his fans. He takes most of [the presents] with him to Korea and keeps them at home or at his agency in Korea. The ones he cannot take with him, he keeps them in the Chinese office...He does not judge the presents by their price tags." The announcement also added that legal actions will be taken if false accusations continued.
Regarding the photos of shopping bags, the agency explained, "It is not clear from the photos whether the bags are from the fans or from us, but he definitely took all the presents. They might be empty wrappers and shopping bags...If you've seen the show 'I Live Alone' you can see that Hwang Chi Yeol's apartment is decorated with all the presents...even little gifts and fan letters, he treasures them all."
Hwang Chi Yeol's Chinese manager also added, "I have worked with a lot of celebrities, but but I've never seen one who is so friendly and kind to his fans...I don't understand this nonsense rumor is spreading."