I cannot deal with all the phone calls from reporters right now, says Getai star Liu Lingling, 50.
That was the response Liu, who recently became a proud mother of a baby boy after a secret pregnancy, told a reporter from The Straits Times via a text messsage in response to an interview request.
She wrote in English: "I am bed-ridden and having a nervous breakdown from all the reporters calling in non-stop. I seek your understanding."
The English newspaper had attempted to contact Liu after news of her pregnancy broke.
The media frenzy began after Shin Min Daily News reported that she was not able to attend their Getai Awards last Thursday (Sep 26) as she just gave birth to her baby, a boy named Xiangxiang, the night before.
Shin Min said she had missed the Getai Awards, organised by Shin Min and Lianhe Wanbao, last Thursday, after having her first baby the night before.
While Liu had revealed the name of her baby, she has refused to divulge his surname and his father's identity.
"Whoever you see me with one day, that person will be the child's father," she said.
However, Shin Min ran a report, citing unnamed sources, that she has a husband of 15 years, businessman Qiu Jinhai, and that they ran up debts of $100,000 holding a wedding banquet for 1,000 guests.
It said he left the country because of financial woes brought on by the 1997 crisis, but returned quietly more than a year ago.
When asked about this, Liu told Shin Min yesterday: "I don't know who the father is."
She also revealed that she had kept eveb her own family in the dark about the pregnancy because she was not sure it would succeed.
It was her second attempt to have a baby by artificial insemination. The first attempt ended in a miscarriage.
The pregnancy cost her a six-figure sum. "I've spent half of my life savings", she said.
Her life was also not as glamorous as it may have looked from the outside, as she had to "work very hard to make money" to sustain her efforts in trying for a child and to support her family.
"I've suffered a lot all these years, but as much as I've suffered, as long as I have a child of my own, everything is worth it."