A surrogacy scandal involving popular Chinese actress Zheng Shuang, 29, erupted on social media after a voice recording surfaced on Monday evening.
In it, she was allegedly heard discussing what to do with two unborn children after her relationship with producer Zhang Heng, 30, fell apart in late 2019. They reportedly married in secret, but never confirmed it.
The surrogate mothers of the children, who were in the United States, were believed to be about seven months pregnant at the time.
At one point in the conversation, which involved the parents of the former couple, “Zheng” exclaimed, “The child really cannot be aborted. I’m bored to death.
They also discussed the adoption or abandonment of babies in the hospital after they are born.
Also on Monday, Zheng’s former partner Zhang posted a photo of himself with two young children on Weibo.
Implying that Zheng had abandoned his children, he said he had been stuck in the United States for a year and that he and his family “must take care and protect two young and innocent lives.”
Birth certificates, which have not been verified, have been posted online of a boy born in December 2019 in Colorado and a girl born in January last year in Nevada. Both have Zheng and Zhang named as parents.
Zheng said on Weibo on Tuesday, without explicitly addressing the scandal, “This is a very sad and private matter for me.”
The actress, who rose to prominence for her role in the Chinese remake of Meteor Shower in 2009 and its sequel the following year, hinted that Zhang had ulterior motives and said she had a team. lawyers to handle the case.
The couple are currently embroiled in financial and legal issues that have yet to be resolved in court.
Zheng later added that Zhang cheated on her in September 2019, which is why she left the United States and returned to China.
She seemed to indirectly admit that the children are hers at the end of the post, saying, “I needed help figuring out how to resolve the situation with the children.”
The scandal has already cost him at least one lucrative sponsorship deal.
The Italian fashion house Prada had recently appointed her ambassador. He said in a statement on Tuesday: “Following significant recent media coverage of his personal life, the Prada Group today decided to cancel their collaboration with actress Zheng Shuang, which was announced on January 11, 2021. “
London-based jewelry brand Lola Rose has also reportedly removed all content about Zheng from her Weibo account, while an article about her in Harper’s Bazaar has also been removed from the magazine’s Weibo account.
Even her huge fan base began to desert her, with a fan club president saying he was no longer following her and another major fan site shutting down.