Prada drops Chinese actress over alleged surrogacy row

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Luxury fashion house Prada has dropped a popular Chinese actress at the centre of a row over surrogacy.

It has been alleged that she abandoned two children born to surrogates abroad, after splitting up with her partner.

Condemnation of the actress poured out online after the news broke, with many calling for her to be barred from the entertainment industry.

She has since spoken out in her own defence. Surrogacy is illegal in China.

Within days of the scandal emerging, the Prada Group – which, according to local media, had only unveiled the actress as its face of China a week ago – released a statement on its Weibo page saying the "significant recent media coverage" of Ms Zheng's "personal life" led them to terminate "all relations".