Actor Nick Cheung forks out HK$200,000 in bid to get male heir
Posted: 19 January 2010 1149 hrs
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Nick Cheung (left) and wife Esther Kwan (right)
HONG KONG : Golden Horse award-winning actor Nick Cheung has forked out HK$200,000 (S$40,000) to send his actress wife Esther Kwan for artificial insemination, in hopes of getting a male heir, Hong Kong media reported.
2009 had been a good year for the Hong Kong actor who won multiple awards for his role in the 2008 film "Beast Stalker".
Cheung had previously commented on his recent wins and said that he could "die without regrets", adding that "heaven has given me everything I needed so I have no complaints".
After his wins in 2009, Cheung's popularity and acting fees skyrocketed. Despite having both fame and fortune, the 44-year-old veteran had a lingering regret: He has no male heir to continue his bloodline. The couple have a three-year-old daughter, Brittany.
When filming for "Beast Stalker" began late last year, Hong Kong media reported that co-star Nicholas Tse's wife, actress Cecelia Cheung, was pregnant.
At the time, Cheung told reporters that he envied Tse and expressed his yearning for a second child.
"I am so envious. I really want to have a lot of kids, but it is not something I can achieve simply by desiring it, I would still need Heaven's blessing. I hope to have four children because my daughter will be lonely when both I and my wife pass away," he said.
Following that candid remark, the actor also said laughingly that he would ask Tse for the "secret recipe" if Cecilia turned out to be pregnant with twins, adding that he would gladly "pay for it".
Months later, Hong Kong media reported that Cheung had been buying all sorts of Chinese herbal medicine to boost his virility and get his 45-year-old wife pregnant.
More recently, Cheung had reportedly turned to a celebrity fertility specialist for help. He underwent tests and heeded the specialist's suggestion to send his wife for artificial insemination.
Kwan had reportedly announced she will retire to support her husband's efforts.