Surprise of the year

Surprise of the year

LIU LINGLING

She kept pregnancy a secret

There's a new man in Liu Lingling's life, and boy, is he a cutie.

The veteran getai star surprised everyone when she announced in late September that she had given birth to her first child at the age of 50 through artificial insemination.

Her bundle of joy, Xiang Xiang, was her second attempt at having a baby - the first ended in a miscarriage - and reportedly cost her a six-figure sum.

She has refused to name the father, only telling Shin Min Daily News that "whoever you see me with one day, that person will be the child's father".

Her celebrity friends and co-stars have been nothing but supportive.

Mark Lee, who co-stars with Liu in local movie Everybody's Business, told The New Paper back in October: "She has shown all of us that as long as one is determined, anything is possible."

OODLES OF ENERGY

Little Xiang Xiang seems to have certainly brought oodles of energy to his mum.

Liu claimed she no longer takes pills for diabetes and high blood pressure as she feels healthier.

She has also lost 10kg.

Asked about her nomination in this category last month, Liu told TNP: "Having a child is a reward in itself."

- Additional reporting by Charlene Chua

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