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Actor Terence Cao to take DNA paternity test: Report

SINGAPORE - MediaCorp actor Terence Cao will be taking a paternity test, after a Shanghainese woman's claims that he fathered her child, Lianhe Zaobao reported today.

According to Shin Min Daily News on Friday, the 26-year-old Chinese woman, Ms Shi Si Mei, had identified the Channel 8 star as the father of her 19-month-old daughter.

She told reporters that she had met Cao, 45, at a party in Shanghai two years ago. They had a one night stand and continued to keep in touch.

She also claimed that she visited Singapore a month after at Cao's invitation, and stayed at his home for two weeks.

A month after she flew back to Shanghai, Ms Shi discovered she was pregnant.

According to Lianhe Zaobao, Cao was spotted yesterday, driving Ms Shi and her daughter to a lawyer's office to arrange for the DNA test.

They emerged from the lawyer's office half an hour later and proceeded to a nearby eatery. There, Cao was seen feeding the child.

When approached by a reporter while they were on the way to the carpark, Cao appeared surprised but calm.

He told the reporter that he was "not ready" to give a statement yet and asked for some time, adding, "this is an invasion of privacy". Cao reportedly turned to Ms Shi and said, "Are you happy now?"

Cao then drove mother and daughter back to their hotel.

Ms Shi told Zaobao that she will be flying back to Shanghai in a few days time, before returning a month later to collect the results of the DNA test.

She added that Cao's stance towards the matter has changed, and if proven that the girl is his, he is willing to take responsibility.

Cao had previously denied fathering a child, telling Shin Min Daily News that "there's no such thing".

Previous relationships

Cao was previously linked to former actress-turned entrepreneur, Jacelyn Tay.

The couple broke up in 1998. Their relationship lasted for six years, according to Zaobao, and it is believed to be his longest relationship to date.

In 2006, Cao admitted that he had been in three previous relationships, and that in all relationships, it was the other party who had initiated the break up.

He also clarified that he is not the "playboy" that many perceive him to be, and that he has never cheated on his girlfriends.

In 2009, Cao told media that he would be getting married to his girlfriend of two years who is more than 10 years is junior.

However in June 2010, he announced that the wedding was called off, citing the stress from preparing for the wedding as a factor leading to the break-up.

According to Chinese media reports, Ms Shi said she met Cao in May 2010, and discovered that she was pregnant in July.

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