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Ex-couple wrangles over surrogate kids

Shuang had wanted to abort the babies seven months into their surrogate mother’s womb or give them up for adoption.

Louise Lizan

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HENG was also the actress’ former manager. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF twitter/ daily cpop

Chinese actress Zheng Shuang is under fire for wanting to abandon her two surrogate children in 2019 after her break-up with former lover Zhang Heng. Despite surrogacy being prohibited in China, both children were from

US-based mothers whom the couple had hired before.

Shuang had wanted to abort the babies seven months into their surrogate mother’s womb or give them up for adoption. The children were born on 19 December 2019 in Colorado and 4 January 2020 in Nevada, and are staying with Heng in the United States.

Heng aired his side of the story on the popular Chinese community platform Weibo. He said he won’t stay silent about the issue anymore as it has greatly affected his family. “I realized I can no longer be an ostrich, burying my head in the sand, because I am not the only person who faced this issue, but my cherished family did, too. I decided I will not stay silent, to protect myself and my family, and to clear up some facts,” he said.

He added: “Rumors floating around the Internet saying I scammed, borrowed from loan sharks, debt evasion and ran away to the US with money are all just rumors. I swear I have never done these things. I am in the US, but the reason why my family and I have been in the US for over a year is that we must protect and take care of two young and innocent lives. Staying in the US is a situation we just can’t avoid.”

SHUANG’s career skyrocketed after portraying Chu Yuxun in Chinese television series ‘Meteor Shower.’ / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/ZHENG SHUANG_INDIA

Heng is cooperating with a lawyer to set the rumors straight and believes that the “facts will stand true in both Chinese and American courts.” His post was accompanied by a photo of him with the two children. Both were revealed to have Shuang as their mother, as stated on the kids’ birth certificates acquired by the local press.

The Love 020 actor’s ties with Italian luxury brand Prada were severed in the process. Shuang just appeared on the brand’s recent Chinese New Year ad campaign alongside Chung Xia and Cai Xukun just last week. However, on 11 January, Prada confirmed that it will be dropping the ambassadorship of the Chinese actor following the controversies around her.

Shuang, although many have believed that it lacks substance, had spoken up about the matter, saying that it was a very sad and private matter for her. “I didn’t want to talk about it in front of everyone, but the matter has been exposed step by step with ulterior motives. After thinking about it for a long time, I had no choice but to respond.”

She said that she and the legal teams in China and United States have been keeping in touch and protecting the legitimate rights of her and her family. “In China’s legal procedures, we have repeatedly refused to expose privacy to blackmail. In the US legal process, I also took lead in defending rights.”

“I have not violated the instructions of the country on Chinese soil, and I respect all rules and regulations when I’m abroad,” Shuang concluded.

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