Meet Chen's baby

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HONG KONG • A vastly different Edison Chen photo spread across social media on Monday, nine years after his nude picture scandal.

In the family portrait, the Canada-born singer-actor is holding a baby girl, flanked by Chinese model Shu Pei Qin, his parents and his two older sisters. Behind them, party decorations spell "Alaia's 100".

After months of rumours that Chen is starting a family with Qin, the photo seemed to be proof, said Ming Pao Daily News on Tuesday. The picture was uploaded by Chen's friend.

Chen, 36, and Qin, 27, were first reported to be dating last year. Soon, there was talk that she had not finalised her divorce from Huayi Brothers Fashion Group chief executive Zhao Lei. Then, Chen made more headlines by attacking model Chiling Lin on Weibo and accusing her of blocking Qin's attempt to join the fashion reality show Hey Muse.

Months ago, he was rumoured to have gone to the United States to accompany Qin during the birth of their child. Apple Daily said he also bought a US$2.85-million (S$3.94- million) home in Los Angeles. He has declined to confirm the rumours to the media.

During his set at the Strawberry Music Festival in Xi'an, China, last month, he could not seem to contain his happiness. He told the audience: "If I wasn't so crazy, would you remember me? If I got married and had a child, would you remember me?"

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2017, with the headline 'Meet Chen's baby'. Print Edition | Subscribe