It was a tumultuous day on January 18 when it was revealed Zheng Shuang (郑爽), mother of the two babies with her ex-boyfriend, Zhang Heng (张恒), had been taking care of her children in the US. As Zhang Heng’s camp exposed more details about the two babies and the couple’s relationship, rumors were circulating Zhang Shuang had her children through surrogacy. The topic became a huge issue and was being widely discussed as surrogacy is illegal in China. However, the most alarming news to come out of this scandal was a 2:35 minute long video clip allegedly revealing Zheng Shuang and her parents suggesting to “abandon the babies” or “give them up for adoption” after her relationship with Zhang Heng went sour.
Zheng Shuang’s response
A day later, Zheng Shuang made several statements on January 19 addressing the allegations of “abandoning” her infant children that she had through surrogates with Zhang Heng. She wrote:
“This is an extremely sad and private situation for me. I originally didn’t want to say too much in front of everyone, but the situation has already been exposed step by step with ulterior motives. I thought about it for a long time. I didn’t want to take up public resources, but I had no choice but to respond.
Since two years ago, legal teams from China and the US have never given up on protecting the legal rights of my family and I nor have they given up communication and mediating with the other party. However, in the Chinese legal process, we have repeatedly refused extortion in exposing our privacy. In the American legal process, I have also taken the lead to defend my rights.
As an artist, I am deeply aware of the prevention, control, and the importance of the pandemic in our country. I didn’t go against the country’s instructions on Chinese soil. I also respected all laws and regulations overseas.
If all unverified information requires me to publicly explain it, this is my most sincere response.”
Zheng Shuang’s initial response confused a lot of people, which prompted the hashtag “don’t understand what I am reading” to trend.
Zheng Shuang on the recording
Zheng Shuang makes another post, saying:
“Firstly, this is the Zheng Shuang who is still very low and without a team.
I don’t avoid anything I said. I denied everything immediately and did my best in everything to end everything. I’ve never thought if he cheated, what should I do? It was September 27, 2019 on the airplane. After I got off the plane, I completed my work. At night, I was crying and repenting, I didn’t say anything. The next day, he even asked my team if they prepared clothes for him. It also shocked the team. I’ve never thought about magnifying the unpleasant things. I just wanted to resolve it calmly, including the future, including the loans between us. However, being alone overseas, I was losing more and more control of things. So I hurriedly returned home. I handled the company’s matters.
Later on, Heng’s parents went to apologize and made amends with my parents. It was probably from night to dawn, I was crying and also had some complaints. What appeared was the recording you all heard. If it was the full version, it should be 6 hours long. Who wouldn’t be sad over their daughter? My parents only hoped I wouldn’t cry and go to sleep quickly. That night, my parents accompanied me. My dad said, ‘Dake’ (His nickname for her), it’s okay. He wants money, then give it to him. It’s not important. As long as you’ve thought it clearly, it’s fine. Don’t dwell on the past. I would only want to blame myself even more. I am really what they call a silly girl. These are my own mistakes and yet my family has to bear the responsibility.
Dad, mom, I am very sorry for not letting you guys speak up until now because every time we say something, it can become gossip. That night, I handed over Zhang Heng’s passport. However, the company’s financial teacher was not present the next day for various reasons. The four million entry in the books was gradually used up and not seen anymore. Even though I can rush to pay the rent, I have no way of getting it back. I started to think the situation isn’t as simple as it seems. I needed help and how to resolve the situation with the children…”
In a follow up post, she wrote:
“To add: How do I have money? I debuted at 16. My contract was up in 2016. Afterwards, I took over all the finances, assistant work ,and even make up and styling. I am very sorry for wanting to save more money when I was young so I could invest and collect rent.
Interlude: I saw the hot trend
Gratitude, respect, support, apologies for undisclosed privacy.”
Zheng Shuang’s father on Zhang Heng and his family
Zheng Shuang’s father, Zheng Chenghua (郑成华), also made a long post calling out Zhang Heng and his family. He said, “Everything was taken out of context. His family is so bad! Sinister and cunning, extreme scumbag! Whole family is scum! They’re willing to do anything for money. Despicable!” Zheng Chenghua also alleges they were the ones who paid for all the expenses to start a company. He also claims they lent 20 million RMB to Zhang Heng personally, which he still hasn’t paid back. Zheng Chenghua alleges Zhang Heng cheated on Zheng Shuang several times during their relationship and that he had recorded a lot of indecent videos of girls on his phone. His mother reportedly said, “My son only cheated, what’s the big deal?”. They also said they were secretly recorded for over 6 hours and that the Zhang family were not sincere in their talks.
As for the abandonment and adoption remarks, Zheng Chenghua said, “We are a responsible family. We have never given up. We have to take responsibility fo these two children.” He also alleges the Zhang family blackmailed them a few days ago to resolve the matters privately or else they would slander them.”
Both parties just had a second court hearing on January 19 over their financial disputes. It’s reported Zheng Shuang’s family refused to go through mediation. The former couple reportedly have an upcoming divorce hearing in Denver, Colorado in March.