An article unexpectedly showed up on NetEase today, speaking about Zhang Liyin’s current situation in China. It quotes a Weibo post from Liyin’s good friend as well as several comments from Chinese netizens.

I hope Zhang Liyin can return home to develop her career – that wish can only be understood literally. Any meaning extending to “company froze her” sort of speculation, I cannot afford the public responsibility (repercussions).

The full NetEase article is translated as follows:

This afternoon, the Internet revealed that Chinese artist, Zhang Liyin, who’s been developing in Korea, has been suspected she is ready to return to China to expand.

It is reported that Zhang Liyin’s good friend made a Weibo post this afternoon: “Genuinely hope you can return home to develop your career”, creating the suspicion that Zhang Liyin’s contract with her company SM Entertainment is set to expire, and she is looking to return home for her career. Netizens also agree with Zhang Liyin’s decision: “Really wasted a lot of youth in Korea, it’s time to return to China,” “How long is her contract anyway? Return home as quickly as you can.”

Zhang Liyin, Chengdu Sichuanese, debuted in Korea in 2006, representative works include “Timeless”, “I Will”, “Breath”, etc.

Interestingly, after her original comments started to gain traction on Weibo, Liyin’s friend followed up with the below post:

I hope Zhang Liyin can return home to develop her career – that wish can only be understood literally. Any meaning extending to “company froze her” sort of speculation, I cannot afford the public responsibility (repercussions). Both of us are very close friends in real life, both of us knows the strengths and weaknesses of each other, as well as many private matters of each other’s lives. Like Xuxian Lu said, the closer the friendship, the more vulnerable it is to injure the friendship because of other people’s miscommunicated words.

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Wendy has been a fan of Zhang Liyin since 2007, when she was introduced to "Timeless" by a friend. Since then, she has led and organized activities for Zhang Liyin fans all over the world. Aside from Zhang Liyin, she is also an avid fan of Rachel McAdams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Real Madrid, and Toronto FC.