It has been nearly a week since Chinese actress Zheng Shuang (郑爽) launched a virtual campaign against ex-husband Zhang Heng (张衡). It began with her accusing him of cheating, followed by nude photos of Zhang Heng’s mistress.
Although she initially claimed she was exposing Zhang Heng to obtain an apology, her most recent posts seem to indicate otherwise. She seems determined to drag Zhang Heng down to her level while elevating herself. Yesterday (4th October), Zheng Shuang claimed she had signed her kids away to protect them from her former lover who was a pickup artist (PUA).
The surrogate scandal which occurred earlier this year has destroyed large portions of Zheng Shuang’s career. It has left her bereft of work and dropped by many companies. With a ban on Weibo as well, the actress has taken to Instagram to share her side of things. Zheng Shuang acknowledged that she had failed to speak up after the scandal broke, and she paid for it. However, it seems she is ready to talk about it now.
Zheng Shuang began by claiming that Zhang Heng was a pickup artist. In fact, she indirectly claimed he had been trained by other pickup artists. “(The PUA team) is more organised and strategic than I thought,” she said. PUAs usually aim to seduce and manipulate others for sex. They achieve their goal by any means; flattery, psychological manipulation and coercion. The actress claims the effects were subtle but there. “It controlled (the) friends around me, controlled me with photos of (the) children and turned me into a tool for him to make money,” she stated.
The actress then listed ways PUAs snag people, some of which sounds like she learned from experience. “They replace their WeChat avatar with your drawing,” she shared. “If you don’t look for him, he will always look for you so that you will not feel insecure. He will ask you not to work so hard and takes care of you. He takes the initiative to send your photos to your family to increase their affection towards him.” She describes PUAs as people whose hearts have been “controlled by the system a long time ago”. “They are like (the) walking dead without (any) sincerity,” she remarked.
Along with her long explanation, Zheng Shuang included a photo detailing bank transactions. Netizens noted that there was a transfer to an account named “Wandering (浪迹天涯)” on 21st April. After a bit of digging, netizens suspect it had ties to the organisation “Wandering Emotions (浪迹情感)”. The company became a hot topic in 2019 when it was discovered to be a PUA organisation.
Additionally, Zheng Shuang posted a photo of a document showing who had custody of her kids. The actress stated that she wanted to clear the accusations that she abandoned her children at childbirth. According to Zheng Shuang, not claiming the children as hers would have sent them to child welfare services. However, she was not permitted to list her mother as the primary guardian either. With little choice, she signed the contract to grant custody of the children to another guardian.
She wanted to ensure her former husband could not use the kids against her, but did not want to sever relations with them either. “I think no one can resist (children),” Zheng Shuang said. “Although this is what I want the most, I don’t want my children to be objects of revenge. What I want is (for) the other person (to) love them from the heart and (to) protect them.” However, after the scandal broke out, the actress couldn’t handle the consequences thrown her way.
Zhang Heng has yet to reply to the former accusations so it doesn’t seem likely he will respond to Zheng Shuang’s new allegations either. We’re not sure if the actress’ reveals will change her circumstances, so perhaps this is just her way of getting it off her chest.
For now, it seems Zheng Shuang will continue attacking from Instagram, if she has any more information to share.