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Compiled by Noah Buchan  /  Staff Reporter

The horror! The horror!

Photo: Taipei Times

What do Jolin Tsai (蔡依林), Big S (real name Barbie Hsu, 徐熙媛), Cecilia Cheung (張柏芝), Fan Bingbing (范冰冰), Fish Leong (梁靜茹), Raymond Lam (林峰), and Angelababy (aka Yang Ying, 楊穎) all have in common? Nips and tucks, ladies and gentlemen, nips and tucks.

Or so claims Taiwanese celebrity makeup artist Ray Chen, according to NOWnews and the United Daily News. Chen made the “revelation” (as if we didn’t all know anyway) last week on a variety show in Thailand, where he declared that he was tired of hearing celebrities tout their makeup artists as the reason why they look so good.

“We aren’t miracle workers,” Chen said.

He said that there was nothing wrong with going under the knife, but celebrities should own up to it if they do. And so, what have they done?

Chinese actress Fan has fixed her double eyelids and chin, Big S has a penchant for Botox, and Malaysian singer Leong has had work done on her eyes, nose and chin, the reports said.

Chen criticized Elva Hsiao’s (蕭亞軒) surgeon — or surgeons — for making her look “more horrifying with every surgery,” while Tsai’s doctor(s) came in for praise because she looks “more and more beautiful” with every cut of the knife.

But Chen reserved his tastiest comments for Hong Kong “sex goddess” (性感女神) Angelababy.

“Baby’s the most astounding,” Chen said of the model and actress. “Wherever it’s possible to have work done, she’s done it,” he said.

Cheung came in for special scrutiny as well.

“Her breasts are too perfect,” Chen said. “Usually, women with large breasts have big arms. Her arms are too skinny. The proportion is wrong. She’s either had breast implants, or she’s done upper arm liposuction,” he said.

As if Cheung doesn’t have enough problems. Her marital woes with Nicolas Tse (謝霆鋒) continue to go from bad to worse to, er, worser. It looks as though the divorce that gossip hounds have been predicting since the “airplane incident” (機上事件), which refers to a chance encounter between ex-lover Edison Chen (陳冠希) and Cheung on a flight in May, will come to pass. At least, that is, if fan predictions are correct.

A recent poll revealed that 64 percent of respondents believe the two will divorce, with 57 percent saying they supported Cheung, according to NOWnews.

Chinese Television System (中華電視公司), meanwhile, reported that the Hong Kong glitterati are throwing their support behind Tse, while Taiwan’s celebrities are backing Cheung. Well, not all of them.

Singer, producer, director and actor Jay Chou (周杰倫) defended Tse when asked for a comment. “He’s got a high EQ … If it was me, I wouldn’t be able to stand all the media scrutiny,” Chou said, referring to the scrum of paparazzi who have kept an endless vigil outside Tse’s door over the past month.

And it would seem that Tse still has feelings for Cheung. At a press conference in Beijing earlier this week, a haggard-looking Tse admitted that though there are problems with his marriage, he is standing by Cheung, if only for his two boys.

“It makes me sad when my wife is accused of being bad because it reflects negatively on my children,” he said. “I still love and miss her. But at this point I really don’t know how to carry on.”

Sina.com reported a rumor that Tse served Cheung with divorce papers before she left for a trip to Europe. She returned to Hong Kong on Tuesday, but refused to comment. Stay tuned for updates on the ongoing saga.

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