U.S. YouTuber Hailey Jane Richards, who is known for boasting of her love for Taiwan, has more than one million subscribers to her channel.
As her videos often feature her family and life in Taiwan, she has become extremely popular among social media users.
Yet, she was recently accused by social media users to have “escaped Taiwan as soon as a hint of an outbreak began” based on her latest video which was apparently filmed in the U.S.
In response to the online backlash, Richards and her husband Adam quickly made another short video to clarify that they would “never leave Taiwan like this.”
The video, titled “Taiwan, we’ll see you next time” was uploaded on May 22 and showed how the U.S. didn’t require visitors to undergo quarantine when they visited in April 2021.
The film which was a featuring their “last day” in Taiwan unexpectedly brought fury from social media users who accused the couple of escaping to the U.S. immediately following the pandemic outbreak in Taiwan.
In the face of the negative feedback, Richards later uploaded a video on May 24 to clarify, “First of all, we want to say that it is absolutely impossible for us to leave Taiwan like this, and of course, we will stick to you to the end! ”
Richards explained that she had booked the plane ticket to return to the United States on April 12. Moreover, the lease of their house in Taiwan was only valid until the end of April.
Originally, the two had planned to return to the United States in May.
However, because they were reluctant to leave, they did not order the tickets until the last minute, they explained.
They decided to leave Taiwan at the end of April and photograph the current policy of the United States which did not require visitors to quarantine.
In addition, the two also shared their airplane tickets pointing out that they had undergone self-isolation for a week after returning to the United States, and also went to get tested for the virus.
It was later that they heard of Taiwan’s local epidemic situation through the media.
“I find it hard to believe that we have lived in Taiwan for more than eight months without a local case, and then suddenly an outbreak occurred immediately after our self-isolation in the U.S.”
At the same time, she also said that they will continue to pay attention to Taiwan’s epidemic prevention.
“Taiwan, I believe you will handle it very well!” Richards cheered.