The Chinese man, who has been identified only as Yuan, saw years of incredible social dexterity come crashing down around his ears, writes Keira Huang for the South China Morning Post. As if being injured in a car accident was not bad enough, it soon became painfully apparent that he had been living a lie, or perhaps 17 lies would be more fitting.

Philanderer Unmasked As 17 Girlfriends Visit Hospital

Girlfriends discover long-term cheating

Our unfortunate villain was betrayed by hospital staff in China, who contacted his “relatives” following his treatment, only to see all of his 17 girlfriends arrive at the same time. Both the women and hospital staff were shocked as the story unfolded.

Reporters were not short of sources from whom to get a quote on the situation, and one of the girlfriends said: “I’ve been with him for a year and a half. [After hearing he’d been in an accident] I cried so hard I didn’t have any tears left. I was really worried when I heard that he was in hospital. But when I started seeing more and more beautiful girls show up, I couldn’t cry any more.”

One enterprising woman set up a chat group where the 17, presumably now ex-girlfriends, could discuss quite how much Yuan had hidden from them. Not only had Yuan been cheating on the women, it has also come to light that some of them had been providing him with financial support. One girlfriend had paid him a monthly stipend for 9 years.

An incredible affair

Although all of the girlfriends are understandably hurt, one of them even had a baby with her deceitful lover. The woman, who called herself Wang Fang, said: “We’ve already had a son together. What can I do now? I don’t love him any more, but I do love my son.”

Yet another of the women claimed to have been planning her wedding with Yuan, and told reporters that she believed he was “Mr. Right.”

The affair has split opinion on social media. Over 6,000 comments have been posted, with some congratulating the man on his dating abilities and others expressing their incredulity that none of the girlfriends had previously uncovered his deceit.