Chinese model Zhao Yaqi breaks down in statement on affair with badminton superstar Lin Dan

The fiasco continued in a press conference, in which the model was reportedly seen sobbing uncontrollably while issuing a response to the backlash over her relationship with the married sportsman

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Chinese model and actress Zhao Yaqi, who was caught on camera with badminton superstar Lin Dan, has apologised over the affair, reported Kwong Wah Yit Poh. 

She bowed in front of the media during a press conference, and sobbed uncontrollably at times throughout the session on Tuesday, reports The Star.

"My actions have brought a bad backlash from society. My family members are also under immense pressure due to my actions. I cannot forgive myself over this."

"Previously, I never thought that my rash act would hurt others. I chose to avoid the issue for the past week as I was scared, guilty and did not know how to face it."

"It was only when I saw all the criticism and gossip online that I felt silence would cause further damage."

"I do not want those who are innocent in this incident to be hurt," she was quoted by the daily.

Lin Dan, who became a father early this month, apologised for cheating on his wife Xie Xingfang, hours after the affair was exposed online.

Nicknamed "Super Dan" in China, Lin is the only man to have retained the Olympic badminton singles title - in 2008 and 2012 - and is the most successful singles player in the World Championships, winning five times between 2006 and 2013.

Xie has since forgiven her husband, according to the daily.

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