EXPOSED: K-celebs’ love lives made public

We look at the most high profile Korean celebrities relationships that were confirmed this year

We look at the most high profile Korean celebrities relationships that were confirmed this year
We look at the most high profile Korean celebrities relationships that were confirmed this year
14 Aug 2015

We look at the most high profile Korean celebrities relationships that were confirmed this year

Photos: Bae Yong Joon's Instagram (@yongjoon_bae), Song Seung Heon's Weibo (@officialssh), Giordano

Last year was a bumper year for Korean celebrities’ love lives, with no fewer than five couples confirmed. Following the trend of rising numbers of relationships made public, we’ve seen numerous pairings – and even marriages – being announced this year.

From Hallyu heavyweight Bae Yong Joon (of Winter Sonata fame) and actress Park Soo Jin to BIGBANG’s Taeyang and model Min Hyorin, we round up the most high profile Korean celebrities whose love lives have been made public thus far in 2015.

Song Seung Heon (38) ♥ Liu Yifei (27)
Song Seung Heon (38) ♥ Liu Yifei (27)
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Song Seung Heon (38) ♥ Liu Yifei (27)

Photos: Song Seung Heon's Weibo (@officialssh)

Who: Actor, who is also one of Korea’s most well-loved faces (literally) & rising Chinese-American actress-model

Following the footsteps of trans-border couples, including director Kim Tae Yong & actress Tang Wei, Song Seung Heon and Liu Yifei confirmed their relationship earlier this month.

The pair has openly showed their affections for one another, even appearing on Hunan TV’s variety programme Slowly Improving, in which his declaration of affection for his girlfriend melted the hearts of many.

His romantic words, “Honestly, I’m not a greedy person but I become one when I look at you,” caused the audience and other cast members to erupt in cheers.

The couple met while filming The Third Love, a Chinese movie which is adapted from a novel of the same title.

Kim Woo Bin (26) ♥ Shin Min Ah (31)
Kim Woo Bin (26) ♥ Shin Min Ah (31)
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Kim Woo Bin (26) ♥ Shin Min Ah (31)

Photo: Giordano

Who: Up-and-rising model-actor & well-loved veteran actress, also regarded as one of the country’s goddesses

Days before Bae Yong Joon and Park Soo Jin’s wedding, Korean media outlet Dispatch unveiled their exclusive report of Kim Woo Bin and Shin Min Ah’s budding relationship.

Sharing that the two had been dating for two months at the point of time, they added that sparks flew between the two after working on promotions for clothing brand Giordano, of which both of them endorse.

Their respective companies, SidusHQ (Kim Woo Bin) and O& Entertainment (Shin Min Ah) confirmed the reports. While netizens expressed their surprise at the pairing, they acknowledged that the couple makes a stunning visual duo with their heights of 187cm and 168cm respectively.

Lee Dong Gun (35) ♥ Jiyeon (22)
Lee Dong Gun (35) ♥ Jiyeon (22)
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Lee Dong Gun (35) ♥ Jiyeon (22)

Photos: FNC Entertainment, MBK Entertainment

Who: Veteran actor & T-ARA member

It’s hard to say which couple was met with more surprise: Bae Yong Joon & Park Soo Jin or Lee Dong Gun & Jiyeon.

In the eyes of many Koreans, ‘levels’ exist in which for both cases mentioned, the male is at a much higher level than the female, which led to numerous biting remarks being directed at Park Soo Jin and Jiyeon. The couple met while filming Korean-Chinese movie Encounter.

For those not in the know, T-ARA was embroiled in a bullying scandal back in 2012, in which Hwayoung left the group. This has plagued the group till this day despite their efforts to clarify the issue.

Jiyeon was also involved in a webcam stripping scandal, which is said to have been filmed when she was still a minor. Her label has repeatedly denied that the girl in the video is Jiyeon but some netizens believe otherwise. 

Taeyang (27) ♥ Min Hyo Rin (29)
Taeyang (27) ♥ Min Hyo Rin (29)
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Taeyang (27) ♥ Min Hyo Rin (29)

Photos: YG Entertainment, Levi's

Who: BIGBANG member and singer-songwriter & model-actress that starred in his 2013 music video ‘1AM’

Well, fans clearly saw this one coming. BIGBANG’s Taeyang and model-actress Min Hyo Rin were linked together multiple times after they met on the set of his solo music video ‘1AM’, in which the two shared a passionate on-screen lip lock.

YG Entertainment’s (Taeyang’s label) founder Yang Hyun Suk congratulated him on the relationship and stressed that it is “nothing to worry about” and that he is viewing it in a positive light.

Subsequent reports shared that the two did in fact start dating soon after the filming for the MV wrapped way back in 2013, but YG has yet to comment on the authenticity of those rumours.

Bae Yong Joon (42) ♥ Park Soo Jin (29)
Bae Yong Joon (42) ♥ Park Soo Jin (29)
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Bae Yong Joon (42) ♥ Park Soo Jin (29)

Photos: Bae Yong Joon's Instagram (@yongjoon_bae), Park Soo Jin's Instagram (@ssujining)

Who: First generation Hallyu superstar & former K-Pop girl group Sugar member turned actress and host

Shockwaves were sent through the entertainment industry this May when Bae Yong Joon, who is most remembered for his leading role in hit drama Winter Sonata, announced that he was not only dating actress Park Soo Jin, but would tie the knot in Fall.

Netizens expressed their disbelief over the unlikely couple, whom they said was an odd couple. Their age gap, at 13 years, paired with his proposal after dating for a mere 100 days, led many to speculate that the pair was having a shotgun marriage.

Their wedding was pushed up to July 27 and the two got married in the presence of their loved ones. Many Japanese fans also flew over to Korea to express their congratulations for their longtime idol and were treated to drinks and given a meal coupon by the couple while they were only able to wait outside the venue.

Lee Min Ho (28) ♥ Suzy (20)
Lee Min Ho (28) ♥ Suzy (20)
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Lee Min Ho (28) ♥ Suzy (20)

Photos: Eider, JYP Entertainment

Who: One of the hottest current generation actors & miss A member cum budding actress

Arguably this year’s hottest couple (to date), Lee Min Ho and Suzy were confirmed to be dating in March after being spotted on multiple occasions by – you guessed it – Dispatch.

The lovebirds, who took their dates from the streets of Seoul all the way to the cobblestone paths in Europe, have kept the details of their relationship hush hush but little nuggets of information, such as Suzy pre-empting reporters at the press event for miss A’s album Colors and Lee Min Ho revealing that he confessed to Suzy despite his initial hesitation, have appeased fans’ curiosity about the two.

Sad mention: Lee Seung Gi & Yoona
Sad mention: Lee Seung Gi & Yoona
14 Aug 2015

Sad mention: Lee Seung Gi & Yoona

Photos: SBS, JYP Entertainment, S.M. Entertainment

Who: Singer-actor who netizens can’t wait to see enlist & Girls’ Generation member

While 2015 has seen the birth of numerous celeb couples, one pair in particular has decided to go their separate ways. Lee Seung Gi and Yoona confirmed their relationship early last year but are reported to have broken up recently.

Many expressed their disbelief over the split but numerous comments have also asked when Seung Gi, who is said to have expressed his intention to enlist since some time back, will be going for his mandatory military service.

In addition, Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany was also confirmed to have split with 2PM’s Nichkhun earlier this year.

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