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A Chinese man has divorced and sued his wife after discovering she’d had plastic surgery before they met. Jian Feng, 38, was said to have been horrified when she gave birth to an ugly baby daughter. He suspected her of having an affair.
His wife then confessed to having plastic surgery in South Korea before they met and showed him a picture of how she used to look.
He filed for divorce two years after marrying her following a whirlwind romance.
But, in fact, the claims have never been properly verified and there are indications that the story could possibly be a hoax. The story has recently been picked up by several news outlets and published as truth. However, the veracity of the tale is increasingly in doubt and at least some of these news outlets have now backtracked.
Despite the recent media attention, the story actually goes back to 2004.
It appears that the story may have been first aired by China's Heilongjiang Morning Post, a publication with a record for shoddy journalism and posting false or unverified information. The paper was forced to apologise in October 2013 after it published a report claiming that a man arranged a date with his online girlfriend only to find that the girl was his own daughter-in-law. Later investigations revealed that the story was just a hoax.
It seems that all later media reports about the man suing his wife for being ugly were derived from this original 2004 Heilongjiang Morning Post story.
[T]his picture is an ad for a plastic surgery center in Taiwan, and you can see that the children in the picture don’t look like their parents at all. The ad features the line, “The only thing you have to worry you about after plastic surgery is the explaining you’ll have to do to your children.”Other unverified images reportedly depicting "before and after" shots of the wife and of the "ugly" daughter, have also been attached to various incarnations of the story.
Last updated: November 8, 2013
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