Chinese actress faces backlash after allegedly hiring 2 women to have babies and then abandon them

Chinese actress Zheng Shuang faces a backlash after being accused by her ex-partner, producer Zhang Heng, of abandoning their two children born to US-based surrogates. An international scandal: In a 2019 audio recording released on Monday, Heng said that Shuang decided to abandon the children even before they were born after their relationship ended. South China Morning Post reports.

  • Heng, Shuang, and their parents talked about the fate of the unborn children.

  • Shuang’s father reportedly suggested abandoning the children at the hospital.

  • The actress herself was frustrated that they could no longer abort unborn babies since they were already seven months in the womb.

  • In response to the accusations, Shuang explained on Weibo that she only returned to China after discovering that Heng had cheated on her in September 2019, reports Today.

  • “Zhang Heng’s parents apologized to my parents (…) That night, my father told me to give him money if that’s what he wants. They didn’t want me to blame myself. Dad, mom, I’m sorry I didn’t let you speak because anything we say could turn into gossip, “she wrote, adding:” I needed help figuring out how to fix the problem. situation with children “.

Assembly set: Chinese authorities and international brands linked to Shuang have since reacted to the controversy, unanimously condemning the actress for the alleged act.

  • China’s Central Committee on Political and Legal Affairs took to Weibo to reprimand the actress for using a legal loophole while traveling to the United States, noting how “surrogacy is banned in China because she uses the womb of women as a tool and sells life as a commercial product ”.

  • State media CCTV echoed the message, adding that surrogacy is “trampling on profitability [of human morality]. “

  • Magazines that previously promoted the actress have also started removing social media posts about her, while award shows have started removing awards that have been given to her in the past.

  • Local and international fashion / cosmetics brands made public announcements distancing themselves from Shuang, with the fashion label Prada notably abandoned her as an ambassador.

  • Social media users not only attacked Shuang online, but also began to criticize other celebrities for their previous associations with surrogacy.

With China’s Ministry of Health banning surrogacy in the country, underground companies have resorted to using clients with black market surrogates in China or sending them overseas where the practice is legal. Characteristic image via Viki World Television

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