S'pore pop star: Having same name as China blogger made my life hell

S'pore pop star: Having same name as China blogger made my life hell

SINGAPORE - For close to three years, netizens called her names. Some even used vulgarities on her.

Singaporean singer Jocie Kok aso had more than half of her gigs cancelled as many did not want anything to do with her.

All because the 32-year-old was mistaken for someone else.

Netizens had confused Kok, whose Chinese name is Guo Meimei, with Chinese blogger Guo Meimei Baby.

Blogger Guo, 23, whose real name is Guo Meiling, ruffled feathers when she showed off her posh cars and branded bags online in 2011.

Her name became synonymous with China's nouveau riche who shamelessly flaunt their wealth.

Clear her name

It was only when Ms Guo was arrested for illegal gambling in July, that Kok could clear her name.

In a phone interview with The New Paper, Kok, who has been based in China and Taiwan for the past eight years, shared how she suffered netizens' verbal abuse in silence.

The doe-eyed singer said she first found out about Ms Guo when she suddenly received a barrage of hate mail and nasty messages on her Weibo account.

"Not many people followed my Weibo account. But one day, my followers surged by the thousands," Kok said in Mandarin.

Wrote a netizen: "Serves you right for being investigated, (expletive). See if you can continue flaunting your wealth, haha."

Said another: "Do you know what is the meaning of being shameless?"

It was then that she found out Ms Guo had made headlines for claiming to be linked to humanitarian organisation Red Cross Society of China (RCSC).

As Ms Guo was fond of showing off, the public had thought their donations went to fund her extravagant lifestyle.

She later admitted on national TV after her arrest that she had fabricated her affiliation with RCSC out of vanity.

"I like to show off... I have the vain mindset of a little girl," she had said.

Kok initially thought the brouhaha would die down. After all, the two of them were different in more ways than one. But things spiralled out of control.

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