IPCFS: Chapter 139 Part 1

The two of them returned to the bedroom.

Before Qin Yue could do anything, he was pushed to sit on the side of the bed by Ji Li who had found the right timing to push him.

Ji Li straddled Qin Yue’s lap, his hands holding the other person’s collar. He approached and raised an eyebrow. “Teacher Qin Yue, you can explain it to me well now.”

“Otherwise, don’t think about staying here tonight.”

Qin Yue saw Ji Li’s jealous look, and there was no panic in his eyes. “Finally, is it your turn to ask? Is my baby sour?”

Ji Li snorted and used the breaking news post on the Internet for interrogation. “I heard that you are each other’s first love? Have you been together for years?”

“Nonsense.”

Qin Yue hugged Ji Li’s body and replied seriously, “Isn’t my orientation obvious? I don’t like Sun Li, and I’ve never had thoughts about being in a relationship with her from the beginning.”

For their cooperation during his newcomer period, Qin Yue held the idea of working seriously. Later, the nature of this cooperation faintly changed, and he immediately cut off the connection.

In Qin Yue’s case, the quality and popularity of the work shouldn’t be obtained by hyping up ‘romance.’

How could Ji Li not see the seriousness in Qin Yue’s eyes?

The suppressed smell of vinegar evaporated, and he asked again, “…There are many male actors who have worked with you before, and it is easy to be paired into a CP. Who knows if you have ever liked other men?”

Qin Yue chuckled and felt helpless yet happy by Ji’s inquisitive nature. “Do you know what will happen if I am tempted?”

“Huh?”

Qin Yue lowered his head and kissed the back of Ji Li’s hand. “If I like someone and he is filming an advertisement in the west of the city, I will rush over from the east of the city while saying it is just ‘along the way’.”

“If he wants to eat ice cream, I will buy all types of ice cream in the supermarket. Then I will turn on the RV’s heater in advance to give to him.”

“He lived next door to me in the crew, so I pulled Major General to act and tried my best to visit the door. My heart couldn’t bear it, and I wanted to send over a script to cooperate with him.”

Ji Li’s face became hot when he heard this and he pinched Qin Yue’s Adam’s apple. “When did you learn to be so glib?”

“I’ve done all of this, so don’t you know it best?” Qin Yue held Ji Li’s hand and sighed as he leaned closer.

“From the beginning to the present, there has been no one else but you.”

The corners of Ji Li’s mouth curved up, and he snorted twice before shifting the topic. “Then what are you going to do about Sun Li? It has been two days. If you and Yuexing don’t settle it in public, then some netizens will be willing to believe it as the truth.”

“Sun Li’s matter isn’t hype on the surface, and she is taking advantage of the publicity of the movie’s release. I first found Director Ke Hei and the producer to discuss this. This matter must be resolved at once.”

If Qin Yue solved it gently, the teams and fans of both sides wouldn’t be able to avoid fighting out in the open and in secret. Once the passersby felt bad, it would also affect the box office of the release period.

‘Hidden Dreams’ was aiming to be the box office champion, while ‘Reverse Hunting’ was biting closely on their heels in second place.

Even if Qin Yue was willing to publicly shed all pretenses of friendliness, he had to worry about the efforts of Director Ke Hei, the movie producers, and the behind-the-scenes staff.

Taking a step back, gossip and hype during the release of a movie had become the default marketing method in the circle.

In the eyes of many people, it wasn’t necessary for Qin Yue to respond.

“Director Ke Hei and the others agreed?”

“The ultimate goal of the movie crew is two billion. If my public statement really affects the follow-up trend of the movie so that it doesn’t exceed this value before being removed, I will automatically give up my portion of the box office dividend.”

Qin Yue took this step very decisively. He was determined to completely get rid of this unnecessary ‘love affair.’

“They agreed?”

“The producers and investors are old foxes in the circle. Once I say this, they won’t disagree.”

Ji Li nodded slightly because he understood the meaning of Qin Yue’s words.

The current box office of ‘Hidden Dream’ was in a profitable state. Qin Yue’s condition was to increase their guarantee, which was a fair deal for them to show favor and make a steady profit.

“But I still can’t figure it out. Sun Li has already become the Best Actress. Why does she need to hype up romance?”

“This is the second thing I want to tell you. Sun Li and the wealthy backer behind her are in a stalemate.”

One reason why Sun Li could progress smoothly after her debut was her own acting skills. A second reason was her wealthy backer who could cover the sky with one hand.

Over the past two years, Sun Li had claimed to be on vacation. In fact, from the second half of the year until now, she hadn’t entered any crew to film and lost her original advertisement endorsements by virtue of  ‘contract expiration.’

“I don’t know exactly what happened, but they must’ve fought very unpleasantly. I heard that the person behind the scenes cut off Sun Li’s exposure many times.”

There were only two big exposures that occurred in the middle of the two years.

One was winning Best Actress at the One Hundred Images Awards where her winning work was filmed two years prior.

The second was the period after the release of ‘Hidden Dreams’ where she relied on marketing accounts and the spontaneous CP popularity of netizens.

Ji Li heard this and understood a bit of the situation in his heart.

“The One Hundred Images Awards was an official event, and her backer couldn’t stop her exposure. Then Director Ke Hei invited Sun Li to participate in the filming of ‘Hidden Dreams’…”

Qin Yue nodded and confirmed his guess.

“Her team agreed so readily despite knowing I am the lead actor. The reason should be because there is nothing for her to film in the short term. She also wanted to take this opportunity to gain exposure and popularity through speculation.”

In the entertainment industry, if one didn’t advance, then they would retreat. There had been no sustained exposure of the actress for two years, which was fatal for any actor.

Qin Yue was currently the actor with the highest performance and popularity at present. There had been a foundation for cooperation between the two of them in the past, and Sun Li could choose the best person to hype up a CP with.

It was a pity. Popularity and attention could be generated with money, but without any works as a basis for long-term development, it definitely wasn’t a good method to use in the long run.

Ji Li frowned and sighed imperceptibly.

He had no intention of guessing or commenting on the relationship between Sun Li and her behind the scenes backer. However, this definitely wasn’t an excuse for her to wantonly hype up a relationship and suck Qin Yue’s blood for exposure.

What did Qin Yue do wrong?

Just because he cared about the director and cooperated amicably? Just because the movie was still in the promotional period and she was a girl? Should he endure this again and again?

If Sun Li succeeded this time, what about next time?

Even if it wasn’t Sun Li, there might be other artists in the future.

Ji Li mentioned this. “Qin Yue, what are you going to do now?”

Qin Yue replied seriously, “On my way to meet you, Yuexing’s PR department has already started to act.”

Before the movie was released, Sun Li’s team had proposed to hype up CP, but Qi An had explicitly rejected their proposal.

Watching her come uninvited to the set, Qi An and Qin Yue were wary of her planning something and secretly dug up a piece of information.

“Doesn’t she want attention? I’ll give her enough attention.” A dark light flashed in Qin Yue’s eyes. “Baby, just wait and see.”

He suddenly approached and changed his tone. “However, I have something I want to seriously discuss with you.”

“Huh?”

“Ji Li, shall we go semi-public?”

The unprecedented serious tone caused Ji Li to be stunned.

Qin Yue kissed his lips and added an explanation. “I mean, I want to disclose that I have a partner, but I won’t reveal your name to the outside world for the time being.”

Qin Yue really didn’t want to be a part of such inexplicable romance rumors ever again. After much deliberation, he realized that releasing such a semi-public statement was the most appropriate method to eradicate it in the future.

First, it would avoid unnecessary scandals caused by others deliberately hyping the rumor up.

Secondly, it could preserve the current career development needs of the two of them while giving melon-eating netizens and fans a subtle, transitional acceptance time.

Thirdly, according to the reaction of Yue fans toward the recent public opinion, making his relationship public at this time was actually the most acceptable solution.

“The moment I publicly announce that I have a partner, there will definitely be netizens who will want to dig up my ‘other half’. This might cause unnecessary trouble, so I have to ask for your opinion first.”

Qin Yue looked at the person in his arms with unprecedented sincerity and nervousness.

Ji Li was silent for a while before suddenly hugging him tightly. “Qin Yue, have you thought about it?”

Ji Li didn’t object. He just felt distressed that Qin Yue was thinking too much about him.

This type of going public had minimal harm to himself, but his lover had so many girlfriend fans. This might cause a large part of his fanbase to dislike him or even remove their fan status.

“I thought about it the first day I was with you.”

Qin Yue rubbed his head, his voice carrying the unique charm of a mature man.

“Baby, I know you are still young and have a long way to go in your career. I won’t force you to be open about your relationship with me.”

“But I want to tell the world that I already have a partner who I want to spend the rest of my life with, whom I love very much.”

Ji Li chuckled with great satisfaction. “Qin Yue, I love you too.”

One day in the future, I will definitely be honest with the world.

My other half is you.

***

At 12 o’clock, the Yue fans irritated by the romance finally ushered in a reassuring pill. Yuexing’s official Weibo, which hadn’t come forward so far, sent two clarification posts on Weibo one after another. Their attitude was very tough.

@Yuexing Entertainment: First, according to the order of the boss, we must crack down on counterfeiting!

The photos filling up the 18 grids almost spliced together all the false revelations and were marked with the word ‘fake’ marked in red. It was also capitalized and in bold font.

In addition, the staff member of the official Weibo said under the comment that if there were new false revelations about the alleged relationship, they would carry out a second crackdown.

@Yuexing Entertainment: Secondly, through our monitoring of public opinion, a large number of trolls were found in the recent hot search content and traced back to the source marketing company.

The public opinion about the romance that has been secretly hyped by Ms. Sun Li and her team has seriously affected Mr. Qin Li’s reputation! Please take matters into your own hands and remove the false remarks within three days.

In addition, Yuexing reserves the right to pursue litigation throughout this process.

The attached pictures were lawyer letters and various types of screenshot evidence.

The two consecutive Weibo posts not only completely confirmed the false romance, but also put the matter of Sun Li’s team privately hyping the romance on the surface.

Yue fans cheered happily, and some fans of Sun Li and passersby yelled. “Is this starting to shift the blame? Didn’t you have a good chat on the set?”

“Sister Li’s visit to the crew is fake? Is the video fake?”

In the face of such doubts, before the fans could even open their mouths to defend it, Yuexing’s Weibo personally made a statement. “What’s the hurry? See on Weibo for the third clarification.”


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10 months ago

Thank you for the chapter ❤️

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10 months ago

I love how measuredly they go about their relationship, making good decisions for their lives, careers, and long-term development at once, it’s so comfortable to read and satisfying
Thank you so much for translating! <3