"She had an allergic reaction but not because of the pollution."
During her promotional visit to Beijin, China, Megan Fox developed a skin allergy prior to attending the launch of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This prevented the actress from being able to attend the films premiere.
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Fox joined fellow castmember William Fichtner, producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form and Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore at a press conference in the Shangri-La hotel in Beijing early on Sunday.
This was surprising to some fans who were hoping to see the actress on the Red Carpet for the showing of the blockbuster movie. She spoke of how she was at her hotel and opened the windows to gaze at how beautiful the Chinese city was to look upon. Rumors began to spread that the actress had developed the allergy due to the pollution that hovers over the city.
"She had an allergic reaction but not because of the pollution," a spokeswoman for the actress told The Hollywood Reporter.
On Saturday, the CN Air Quality Index app that gives a reading for pollution was more than 500, or “beyond index,” in its reading for the most dangerous PM 2.5 particles. The concentration was more than 20 times higher than the 25 recommended for 24-hour exposure by the World Health Organization.
"In just one day, the goddess was brought down by the pollution," wrote one commentator on Sohu. China is the world’s biggest carbon emitter and is heavily reliant on coal as a power source, getting 65 percent of its energy that way.
The adventure comedy, which was released in the United States this past August, is based on the popular franchise that features a fictional team of four teenage turtles.
Fox spoke of her excitement to join the role of reporter April O'Neil in the hit movie.
"These movies feel like home to me," she told E! News. "It just feels right. My older sister exposed me to this when I was about five, and I was obsessed with it."