On the evening of January 25, Tao wrote a post via his Weibo page describing how he was going through repetitive labor on a daily basis, without even going home to rest.
Tao expressed his burnt out state, "I'm working hard every day as is, and to be honest, I don't want to do anything at this very moment. I can't attend office meetings, can't go home, nor enjoy a nice vacation. I don't even know what day of the week it is anymore. I am bogged down by stress; it's suffocating me."
He continued, "I've never presented such negative words to anyone like this, but seriously I wish I could just disappear for a while and not do anything. This is the first time I'm speaking up like this in 6 years. I'm sure many will tell me to just deal with it because I'm a celebrity after all. And because of that, I've been keeping patient/quiet all this time, so I am writing this today. I just don't know why. I just felt like doing it. I don't want to do anything. It's so painful being unable to breathe."
"My life is not much different from hell. I'm not living a fun, happy life, in which you may all envision. Both my body and heart are being oppressed. I apologize for causing much concern, I'm actually sorry for myself."
Upon seeing the long message from his son, Tao's father reposted the message via his own Weibo page with the comment, "You did well, my son", comforting Tao, as fans also left encouraging/supportive comments.