>HONG KONG - Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung may have suffered a miscarriage.
The controversial actress has been a devoted wife and mother since the birth of her first son - Lucas. She was also rumoured to be pregnant when the sex photos scandal surrounding Edison Chen broke out, but the rumours were not confirmed.
Throughout the scandal, her husband Nicholas Tse has stood by her and they have been actively working on preserving their relationship and family. They were also very eager to have a second child.
According to Shin Min Daily News, Cecilia's sister-in-law revealed that Nicholas wanted a daughter. His father, Hong Kong actor Patrick Tse, also expressed that he wanted four grandchildren. Cecilia has stopped working to focus on her family commitments.
But Hong Kong tabloid, Oriental Sunday, reported that Cecilia's second pregnancy has ended even before it is officially announced.
The Weekly reported that Cecilia, husband Nicholas and their families were delighted when she learnt of her pregnancy at the beginning of September.
They spent close to HK$100 million ($18.2m) on a new Ocean Bay residence in preparation for the new addition to their family. The move signified a new beginning, and was also an attempt to put the Edison Chen nude photo scandal behind them.
However, a close friend of Cecilia's revealed that the baby's heart had stopped suddenly, forcing Cecilia to seek an abortion.
Cecilia was reportedly admitted to hospital last week, in the company of her sister. Her gynaecologist, who delivered her firstborn, Dr Liang Su De, performed the operation.
Cecilia also had a skin allergy in her first trimester, but she did not realise that it was a warning sign that all was not well with her pregnancy. She was spotted visiting a well-known dermatologist on Sep 10 with obvious rashes on her cheeks. When reporters asked her if she was pregnant, she did not respond.
She only realised that the rashes were caused by imbalances in her hormonal and immune system when she went for a check up with her gynaecologist.
The couple's families were shocked and severely disappointed at the news.