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Adam Cheng's daughter - a wild child?
by Charlene Chua

IS she an out-of-control wild child?

That's the question being asked of Winnie Cheng - the daughter of veteran Hong Kong actor Adam Cheng.

The 19-year-old recently posted photos of her posing with 19 different men on her page on social networking site Facebook.

Winnie is Adam's daughter from his current marriage to retired Taiwanese actress, Eve Goon.

He was previously married to the late Hong Kong comedian Lydia Sum.

The Facebook photos features her in a variety of poses with the men. Some of them show her interlocked in intimate embrace with them.

The locations for these 'shoots' were mostly in the United Kingdom - on the street, at hotels and the seaside.

One of the men, who closely resembles fallen Hong Kong actor Edison Chen, seemed to be the main star of the photo album.

He is seen in a variety of racy poses with her. The pair are pictured hugging, kissing, biting and french-kissing each other with wild abandon.

The pictures were published earlier this month in Hong Kong newspaper, Oriental Sunday.

Some of them have also been copied on various websites and blogs and commented on.

Malaysian netizen Lamely-named wrote on the Kopitiam forum: 'Stupid girl. If my daughter grows up like this, I'll give her up for adoption.'

Added another one, HyperX on Singaporean blogger, Lancerlord's post on Winnie: 'I pity those (laugh out loud).'

Indifferent dad?

When asked by the Hong Kong press what he thought about his daughter's Facebook pictures, Adam appeared nonchalant.

The 62-year-old actor was reported in Shin Min Daily News as saying: 'They are only swimsuit pictures, what's the big deal about that?

'Winnie is close to 20 and will have many friends who are girls and guys, it's only natural that she makes as many friends as she can now.'

Perhaps in a bid to avoid blame, Adam is quoted as saying: 'When a girl reaches close to 20, there's no need to track her every move.

'What's most important is that she's pretty.'

Instead, Adam pointed fingers at the Oriental Sunday reporters responsible for the article.

He charged: 'Why have they written about this in such an unclassy manner?

'Do they want to create gossip just to attract readers?'

But Winnie's actions do not come as a surprise.

Past reports tend to show that she possesses a wild side.

Two years ago, it was reported in Shin Min Daily News that after a Christmas Eve dinner with her family in Hong Kong, she was caught by the paparazzi meeting up with two men on the same night.

She was spotted kissing the first guy fervently.

And then later in the night, she went to meet her second date.

When they met, she acted as though she hadn't seen him in a long time and hugged and kissed him passionately.

In the same report, Winnie was said to have returned back home to Hong Kong for Christmas Eve dinner with her family last year.

But this time she kept her 'playful' side in check and didn't schedule any dates after that.

Shin Min Daily News also reported that when Adam read the reports on his daughter's 'double date', he flew in a rage.

He then reportedly sent his daughter to the UK in the hopes that she would study hard and turn over a new leaf.

But judging by these latest photos, it doesn't seem to have turned out the way he had hoped.

Adam has four daughters from three marriages.

His first marriage, with whom he had oldest daughter Cheng On Yee, was very low-profile.

Adam then infamously married Lydia in 1985 and they had Joyce, now 22. But he and Lydia split three years later. Lydia died in February last year.

Adam married Eve one year after divorcing Lydia and has two daughters with her, Winnie and Cecily.

While Winnie makes the news for her hard-partying ways, the irony is that she is still less popular than her half-sister, Joyce.

Compared to the more outgoing Winnie, Joyce tends to be seen in a more positive light - such as doing charity work.

Last year, she took part in the 512 Fund Raising Campaign to help garner support for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake disaster.

She was also known to be a filial daughter who was constantly at her mother's side during Lydia's battle with liver cancer.

Perhaps that is why the Hong Kong media have often speculated that Adam seems to make up for it by favouring Winnie.

In an interview with The New Paper in April last year, he declined to answer when asked if he was a biased father.

But his actions seemed to imply this.

He turned up with his family to see Winnie make her debut on the catwalk early last year. Yet, he was conspicuously absent when Joyce was strutting her stuff at another fashion show.

He said of the reports on this incident: 'Just take them all with a smile, and not bother with them.

'Like Joyce once said, as long as we ourselves understand (the truth of the matter), that's enough.'

But there's one thing Joyce shares in common with Winnie - having her private life under constant scrutiny.

Last year, intimate photographs of her and her boyfriend from Facebook were splashed in a magazine, reported Hong Kong news portal

Joyce later had to publicly admit that the photos were real.

This article was first published in The New Paper on Jan 21, 2009.

readers' comments
Why is this generation of teens so eager to share their lives online?
Posted by Forum goddess on Fri, 23 Jan 2009 at 15:07 PM
Who cares? She is old enough to decide what kind of lifestyle she wants to live for. The only diff is that she is the daughter of a celab...
Posted by MamaKlein on Fri, 23 Jan 2009 at 10:11 AM
She is free to do what she wants.. Afterall it is the diff brought up everyone have.
Posted by MamaKlein on Fri, 23 Jan 2009 at 10:10 AM

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