A social media influencer in China has been exposed for living a “double life” after her landlord revealed her filthy living conditions, which contrasted with the glamorous image she presented online.
The footage went viral showing the apartment of Lisa Li, a blogger with 1.1 million followers littered with rubbish, mouldy food, and dog excrement, reported BBC.
Lisa Li is known in China as a “wang hong”, or “online celebrity”, on the popular Sina Weibo microblog. Her account, like that of many young Chinese influencers, is a glossy catalogue of travel adventures, parties and fine-dining experiences.
But since her landlord gave media a tour of her apartment in the northern city of Xi’an, she has become famous for different reasons.
After Lisa Li seemingly ignored a number of phone calls, millions of users watched her landlord, named by media as Ms Chen, give a guided tour of her filthy apartment. Ms Chen said that even professional cleaners had refused to clean the place, adding that her tenant owed thousands of yuan in unpaid utility bills.
But she particularly got social media attention for showing her tenant’s Weibo page to the outlet, saying: “This is an online influencer with one million followers.”
After the video went viral, Lisa met with her landlord to apologise in person instead of issuing a statement on social media. “Complete responsibility lies with me on this incident,” she told Ms Chen.
She explained her absence to a popular news website as being the result of a tight schedule, saying that she went into hospital last week, and then went on a business trip.
She said that she had recently received a large number of messages on mobile WeChat, and had seemingly missed her landlord’s. “I will clean now… I will even clean overnight,” she said.
Footage of Ms Li sweeping dog poo into a dustpan has shocked her fans and led to a large amount of mockery online.
More than 60,000 users have commented on her page, many saying they were unfollowing her and calling her “fake”.