Instead of hearty congratulations, what she got after she gave birth last September were mostly malicious talk and cutting remarks.
The worst of the gossipmongers had it that getai veteran and actress Liu Ling Ling had bought or adopted a baby.
More hurtful were the nasty comments, especially since she had the baby at 50.
It did not help that the status of Liu's marriage to her businessman husband had also previously been the subject of media scrutiny, with rumours swirling that they were estranged.
Liu recalls the time with calmness.
Motherhood was not a decision she made rashly, she reiterates.
"Right from the start, I knew it wasn't going to be easy - from pregnancy to birth, or even thereafter," says Liu, 51.
"But I have not regretted it at all. Being a mother enriches your health, your well-being and mostly, your life."
Liu kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone, including her mother and other family members.
The headline-making news, which came as a shock to everyone in showbiz, would not even have broken if she didn't have to give the Shin Min Daily News-Lianhe Wanbao Getai Awards a miss.
She had promised to pick up her Top 10 Popular Artists award, but gave birth just a day before the event.
In her first full-length interview since, Liu explains: "I thought I could just keep mum until maybe after Xiang Xiang's first-month celebrations.
"I wanted us to settle in properly first."
Liu says she also did not want the public to misunderstand that she was using her pregnancy to grab media attention.
"I didn't want all of that negativity," she says.