Ex TVB Star Maggie Chan Has Dedicated Her Life To Caring For Her Adopted Daughter Who Was Left In A Dumpster By Her Birth Parents
The former actress, who recently reunited with her New Legend of Madame White Snake Director for the drama’s 30th anniversary, met her daughter when she was in Shandong, China.
Former TVB actress Chan Mei Kei (also known as Maggie Chan), 64, recently paid tribute to the director of the TV series that propelled her to stardom, New Legend of Madame White Snake.
The drama was filmed 30 years ago, with Maggie achieving widespread fame for her portrayal of Xiao Qing aka Green Snake.
In her post, Maggie revealed that she’d paid a visit to the drama's director Xia Zuhui.
“Our 30th anniversary, a meetup with director Xia and his wife. The director was so happy, his smile was so wide! Three people with no make-up on, celebrating a bare-faced 30th anniversary. May [our] friendship last forever, so we can remain close in spirit even though we’re separated physically,” wrote Maggie.
Maggie slowly eased out of the spotlight in the late '90s, after marrying Chinese-American businessman Xin Shangyong in 1999. This is the actress’ second marriage.
Her first marriage was to Hong Kong businessman Ma Qingwei, whose family made their fortune in banking and real estate. However, Maggie and Qingwei, who married in 1979, saw their relationship falling apart just seven years later.
According to reports at that time, the couple’s marriage soured due to two reasons. Maggie had just suffered a miscarriage, and it didn’t help that Hong Kong actress Rosamund Kwan was allegedly interested in Qingwei. The scandal caused quite the uproar, though Rosamund and Maggie never publicly addressed it.
Years later, Rosamund finally spoke about the scandal on a television show.
“As long as I didn’t take the initiative, it’s fine. I can’t stop whatever the other party chooses to do for me, but I’ve never asked him to do anything for me,” she said.
Rosamund also expressed her regret at how she handled the issue. “‘[I] still hurt someone in the end. I stand by my principle that one should not be a home-wrecker,” she said.
Regardless, Maggie went on to find love again with her second husband. The couple remained childless for 10 years, before a chance encounter in 2008.
Maggie, who was in Shandong, China at that time, came across a nine-month-old baby girl, who’d been abandoned by her parents in a dumpster.
It was believed that the baby girl was abandoned because she was suffering from fetal hydrocephalus, which is a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid around her brain.
After discussing things with her husband, they eventually adopted the baby girl, and named her Xin Tianlu.
Maggie also has two step-children, from her husband’s first marriage.
In 2016, when Tianlu was eight, she underwent a successful surgery to remove the accumulated fluid.
According to reports, Maggie has devoted her life to taking care of her daughter, even moving overseas to be with Tianlu who was pursuing her studies.