Teenager apologises for impersonating boy to join band


A young girl in China has apologised for “deceiving fans” after trying to join a boy band. Fu Jiayuan, 13, said she lied about her gender to a popular management company because she was “young and ignorant”. Even though she was only part of YGN Youth Club’s boot camp and not an official band member, fans could watch her training videos on social media. Many YGN Youth Club fans were amused by the revelation, and said it was “not a big deal.” But Ms Fu, who was forced to admit the deception after an internet user pointed out that she is a girl, said she would now quit the entertainment industry. “I’m sorry to everyone who put their trust in me,” she wrote in a statement earlier this week. “I promise I will not show up in the entertainment industry or on any video platforms in the future.” YGN Youth Club only recruits young boys, most aged between 11 and 13. A challenging programme trains them in song and dance techniques and moulds them into future idols.(BBC)…[+]