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'Young' streamer revealed as 58-year-old Chinese woman

Not everyone is who they appear to be online, and some viewers of a popular Chinese video game streamer are now learning that lesson thanks to a graphic gone missing.

Qiaobiluo Dianxia, who goes by "Your Highness Qiaobiluo" on Chinese streaming site DouYu, managed to lead on a number of fans by posting photos of a younger woman while claiming it was her. According to Kotaku, however, Qiaobiluo was not the young woman in the photographs. Rather, she was a 58-year-old woman using pictures of someone else, along with the occasional graphic to cover her face on stream.

Unfortunately, during one recent stream, things went awry.

"I can't show my face until I receive gifts worth 100,000 yuan," Qiaobiluo said, speaking as her face was obscured by that of a cartoon character. "After all, I'm a good-looking host." Fans reportedly piled on with donations during that stream, which was co-hosted with another vlogger named Qingzi.

Suddenly, the cartoon image vanished, revealing Qiaobiluo's face for all to see.

Qiaobiluo apparently didn't understand that the cartoon was gone or that her face was visible. But soon, viewers started exiting the stream en masse, and with that, the jig was up.

Surprisingly, this story doesn't have an unhappy ending. While some are upset with Qiaobiluo and believe her lies could be viewed as fraudulent, not all of Qiaobiluo's fans deserted her after the news of her real age came to light. Kotaku reports that she managed to snag "well over half a million followers" after the incident, and some have even taken to calling her "Granny" now. She's decided she'll keep on streaming for those who've rallied to her channel, showing that age truly doesn't matter as much as you think.

And in the most Kevin Federline of twists, Qiaobiluo even says she plans to pursue a rap career. So who knows! Maybe we'll be seeing a lot more of this now-even-more-popular streamer in the future. And now we'll know it's actually her.