Mandopop fans of a certain era will know that Ocean Ou De Yang was once a household name.
Ou rose to fame with the karaoke hit "Lonely Northern Hemisphere" in the early 2000s.
He's also known to conceal his actual looks from the public, and only appeared on screen as a cartoon character.
Recently, Taiwanese media SETN revealed a possible reason why Ou had to sing behind a disguise.
Ou was supposedly in heavy debt before he debuted as a singer, owing over S$1.45 million.
With the help of his friends, he managed to release his first album, and that allowed him to gradually settle his debts.
After releasing three albums, Ou showed his face in Singapore in 2005. However, he has been seen less frequently in recent years.
For those who are wondering, Ou is still pursuing his music career, mostly active in China.
He has released more songs and has been appearing on variety shows, singing his classic "Lonely Northern Hemisphere".
Ou now has over 370,000 followers on his Weibo page.
Most recently, Ou announced in April 2021 that he has opened a creative studio in China.
He wrote in a post that using the studio does not have to be music collaborations, but any form of creative collaborations.
Top image via Ocean Ou's Weibo