Chinese actress Zheng Shuang blacklisted for 'Surrogacy Gate:' this is her story

Who is Zheng Shuang?
Zheng Shuang's education
Meteor Shower: Zheng Shuang's beginnings in showbiz
Zheng Shuang: singing as well as acting
Stint as a Writer
Other notable roles by Zheng Shuang
Zheng Shuang's awards
Icon status
Charity work
Venture into modelling
Face of Prada
Zheng Shuang's love life, including Zhang Heng
History of Zheng Shuang's relationship with Zhang Heng
Trouble in paradise
Surrogacy outside of China
Leaked audio recording about Zheng Shuang's surrogate babies
Online backlash
Zheng Shuang defends herself amidst 'Surrogacy Gate'
Zheng Shuang: dropped from Prada
Other brands terminate Zheng Shuang's endorsement contracts
Blacklisted by the Chinese government
Stripped of her awards
Zheng Shuang may be forced to exit showbiz
Who is Zheng Shuang?

Zheng Shuang is a Chinese actress and singer. She was born in 1991 in Liaoning, China.

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Zheng Shuang's education

Zheng Shuang was trained in acting at Beijing Film Academy. Currently, she joins the ranks of fellow Chinese big-name stars like Zhao Wei and Chen Kun as notable alumni of the college.

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Meteor Shower: Zheng Shuang's beginnings in showbiz

In 2009, Zheng Shuang debuted onscreen in Hunan TV’s 'Meteor Shower,' a Chinese remake of the Taiwanese TV drama ‘Meteor Garden.’ Zheng Shuang played the female lead Chu Yuxun, and the popularity of the Taiwanese original translated into the Chinese adaptation helped spur the actress into mega-stardom.

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Zheng Shuang: singing as well as acting

Along with the acting role, Zheng Shuang was also involved in the production of the soundtrack of 'Meteor Shower.' She sang 'Love’s Waltz' in a romantic duet with male lead Yu Haoming.

This was not her only singing role. Zheng Shuang went on to also sing for several other productions she later starred in.

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Stint as a Writer

Zheng Shuang did not just stop at singing and acting. The multitalented star also went on to produce an autobiography titled ‘Zheng Shuang’s Book.’

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Other notable roles by Zheng Shuang

Zheng Shuang also starred as half-fox demon and half-human Xiang Ling in the 2014 hit drama 'Swords of Legends,' and in the time-travelling drama 'Love Weaves Through A Millennium' as the lead female Lin Xiangxiang.

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Zheng Shuang's awards

Zheng Shuang's acting earned her many awards, most notably the 'Young Marketable Actress' award at the 11th China TV Drama Awards in 2019.

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Icon status

With her talent and popularity, Zheng Shuang became lauded by netizens in China as one of the Four Dan Actresses of the post-90s Generation. Along with her in that group are actresses Zhou Dongyu, Yang Zi, and Guan Xiaotong.

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Charity work

Putting her singing skills to work, Zheng Shuang sang 'With You by My Side' to raise funds to support Chinese citizens affected by the coronavirus.

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Venture into modelling

Given her popularity and beauty, many brands hired Zheng Shuang as the face of their brand.

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Face of Prada

One of her biggest endorsement deals was with Italian luxury fashion brand Prada. The decision was announced on January 11, 2021 and Zheng Shuang was named the Chinese brand ambassador for Prada.

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Zheng Shuang's love life, including Zhang Heng

Despite her illustrious career, Zheng Shuang is a relatively private person and seldom posts updates on her personal life. However, the actress’s romantic exploits have never been hidden from the public.

She is known to have dated Chinese singer-songwriter Tiger Hu, and 'Meteor Shower' lead co-star Hans Zhang. Most recently, the actress was linked to TV show producer Zhang Heng.

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History of Zheng Shuang's relationship with Zhang Heng

Yahoo.com reports that the pair met in 2018 during the filming of 'This is Fighting Robots,' a robot fighting competition hosted on Youku. Zhang later became Zheng's manager whilst the two were dating.

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Trouble in paradise

The couple's relationship soon turned rocky with the pair mixing personal life with business. From Jaynestars.com, Zheng sued Zhang in 2020 for borrowing 20 million yuan under her name for personal use.

The two broke up after dating for more than a year. Ettoday reports that Zheng was in a rush to sell off her now ex-boyfriend’s clothes through a resale website, indicating that the split was less than amicable.

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Surrogacy outside of China

In January 2021, Chinese news outlet Netease Entertainment released two children’s birth certificates, naming Zheng Shuang and Zhang Heng as the children's legal parents.

After this news, Zhang Heng posted a revelation on Weibo indicating that he has been stuck in the United States caring for his and Zheng's two surrogate children. Zhang also accused Zheng of abandoning the children.

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Leaked audio recording about Zheng Shuang's surrogate babies

An audio recording was leaked to the media where Zheng allegedly discusses the matter of her then-unborn children with her parents. Today Online cites Zheng’s mother in the recording, allegedly recommending to give the children up for adoption.

Zheng herself also chimes in, saying that it was too late to abort the children with the surrogate mothers being seven months pregnant. The actress also allegedly mentions that she and Zhang could always have more children to replace the two surrogates if they were to be given up.

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Online backlash

Netizens online have lashed out at the starlet for implicating two innocent children in the couple’s spat with one another. They have also denounced the actress for trivializing the sanctity of human life by turning to surrogacy to birth her children, and for her alleged decision to abandon them at the drop of a hat.

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Zheng Shuang defends herself amidst 'Surrogacy Gate'

On Weibo, Zheng defends herself by accusing Zhang of cheating on her in 2019. Her father also chimes in, alleging that Zhang and his family are using the situation to take advantage of his daughter’s fame and wealth.

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Zheng Shuang: dropped from Prada

In response to the revelations, Prada has dropped Zheng Shuang from the position of their Chinese brand ambassador and terminated all contracts with her in the brand's official Weibo.

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Other brands terminate Zheng Shuang's endorsement contracts

The Straits Times reports that along with Prada, several brands have terminated their relationship with Zheng Shuang following the scandal. The brands include London jewelry brand Lola Rose, Chinese cosmetic brand Chioture, and hair care brand Aussie.

Harper’s Bazaar and Modern Weekly have also responded by deleting media that featured the actress.

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Blacklisted by the Chinese government

Sohu reports that China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has officially banned Zheng Shuang from Chinese media. Naming the actress, the state government declared that they will take a tough stand on the matter and refuse opportunities to "bad moral influences" like Zheng Shuang.

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Stripped of her awards

Meanwhile, businesswire.com reports that the Huading awards committee has decided to revoke all of the actress's previously earned titles from the prestigious Huading Awards.

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Zheng Shuang may be forced to exit showbiz

With the Chinese government intervening and also the huge public backlash from the surrogacy scandal, Zheng Shuang likely has no more avenues to continue in the Chinese entertainment world.

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