Korean Celeb Couples
Whether you’ve been through multiple heartbreaks or are suffering from dating app fatigue, many of us have found ourselves disillusioned with love and relationships. But even the most jaded will be swayed by these 15 Korean celeb couples.
Given the sensitive nature of the Korean entertainment industry, celebrities tend to hide details of their personal lives to avoid potential public backlash. In contrast, some of these Korean celeb couples have been together for over 10 years and have kids, while others have recently confirmed their relationship. Then there’s Big Bang’s G-Dragon and BLACKPINK’s Jennie, who just broke the Internet with the news that they have reportedly been dating for a year.
Read on to find out more about these celebs’ K-drama-like romances, which might just restore your faith in the L word.
1. G-Dragon and Jennie
Jennie and G-Dragon in GD’s “That XX” music video in 2012
Yes, you read the names right. On 24 February 2021, news outlet Dispatch Korea released a report stating that Big Bang’s leader, G-Dragon, and BLACKPINK’s Jennie have been dating for a year.
The Dispatch article mentioned that Jennie often heads to GD’s house in Hannam-dong after knocking off work and that “a lot of people in YG are also aware of their relationship.” They added that Jennie’s mother knows about the pair and is thankful that G-Dragon takes good care of her.
The alleged couple first appeared together on-screen back in 2012, when Jennie starred as the female lead in GD’s “That XX” music video. In 2013, Jennie also featured in his song, “Black”, ahead of her debut.
According to Soompi, in response to the Dispatch report, the duo’s agency, YG Entertainment has since commented, “We cannot confirm anything about our artists’ personal lives. We ask for your understanding.”
Once known to be YG siblings, perhaps the stylish duo will soon be known as the YG couple. After all, once Dispatch broke the news of Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin dating, their agencies officially confirmed the relationship within the same day. Let’s wait and see if YG will confirm GD and Jennie’s relationship soon as well.
2. Son Ye Jin and Hyun Bin
Son Ye Jin and Hyun Bin at a filming site for Crash Landing on You in 2019
According to Nielsen Korea, Crash Landing on You’s drama viewership hit 21.7% in South Korea. With the high ratings and the drama being a global hot topic, it is an understatement to say that fans were in love with the chemistry between the 2 leads and plotline. When the drama ended, fans were convinced that the pair were dating IRL too.
On 1 January 2021, Dispatch released photos of Son Ye Jin waiting for Hyun Bin to pick her up, and fans around the world rejoiced. The actress also turned to Instagram to share that she has found a “good person” to be with.
3. Hyuna and Dawn
Hyuna and Dawn together in 2020
It is rare for Korean celeb couples to make their relationship public, especially since dating is regarded as a scandal for idols that could ruin their career. Yet, female soloist, Hyuna and former Pentagon member, Dawn proved to their fans the power of love and have been going strong for 5 years now.
In 2018, Hyuna and Dawn revealed that they have been dating since May 2016. Following this, CUBE entertainment, their former agency, made the decision to remove them from their roster. The lovebirds then signed on with PNation, an entertainment company run by PSY. Since then, they’ve been constantly flexing their love on Instagram with countless #couplegoals photos.
Dawn and Hyuna in the Coach Forever Season 2 presentation
Fans can also catch the pair in action as part of Coach’s fall 2021 presentation, with the K-pop stars even flexing their skills in a dance-off.
4. Kim Woo Bin and Shin Min Ah
Kim Woo Bin and Shin Min Ah in a Giordano campaign in 2015
If you think that K-dramas don’t exist in real life, think again. Although Kim Woo Bin and Shin Min Ah have not tied the knot, the pair has demonstrated what “for better or for worse, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish” looks like.
After Kim Woo Bin was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in 2017, Shin Min Ah stayed by her boyfriend’s side, including following him to his treatment sessions at the hospital. During Shin Min Ah’s comeback with the drama, Chief of Staff in 2019, the actor sent her a food truck as a sign of support.
2021 marks their sixth year together and fans are looking forward to seeing their wedding announcement one day.
5. Taeyang and Min Hyo Rin
Taeyang and Min Hyo Rin at their wedding ceremony in 2018
K-dramas commonly feature storylines where the male lead marries his first love. It may seem unrealistic but Taeyang is here to give you hope. The Big Bang member married his first girlfriend, Min Hyo Rin, in 2018. It seems like the singer is a romantic as he wrote the popular song, Eyes Nose Lips, for the actress during their temporary break-up. They eventually got back together and the rest is history.
As a bonus, in a 2020 documentary, the singer said, “Even now, she’s the only person who continues to change me as a person. And those changes always make me into a better, more solid person. That’s why I decided to walk along with her for the rest of my life.” How cute.
6. Rain and Kim Tae Hee
Kim Tae Hee and Rain in a Harper’s Bazaar shoot in 2017
Rain and Kim Tae Hee’s relationship was first disclosed by Dispatch on 1 January 2013, as part of the news outlet’s tradition of revealing Korean celeb couples on New Year’s Day. Four years, the couple got married and now have 2 kids. The soloist and actor told his fans last year on his web variety show, Season B Season, that it took a year for Kim Tae Hee to accept him.
Even after wooing her for a year, Rain had more sweet acts up his sleeve. Before they got married, the singer wrote a proposal song ‘The Best Present’ for Kim Tae Hee. The lyrics conveyed everything he wanted to say to her, such as “Your name will forever be the biggest happiness”. Fun fact: The ‘Tae Hee’ in Kim Tae Hee’s name literally translates to the “greatest joy”.
7. Lee Kwang Soo and Lee Sun Bin
Lee Kwang Soo and Lee Sun Bin’s behind-the-scenes selfie on a Running Man episode in 2016
You may have seen Lee Kwang Soo on Running Man and Lee Sun Bin in hit dramas like Criminal Minds. Throwback to 2016, when Lee Kwang Soo invited Lee Sun Bin to Running Man because the actress once expressed her interest in him on another variety show. During that episode, they went on a date and played arcade games together.
In 2018, their agencies confirmed that they had been dating for 5 months. The couple are still together and just last year, Lee Kwang Soo did a drinking interview with Illgan Sports. As per a translation by Soompi, the interviewer commented, “It seems you’re just experiencing real-life romance.” Lee Kwang Soo laughed and replied, “We can’t see each other often but things are going well. Yes.” No matter your gender, don’t be afraid to shoot your shot.
8. Sooyoung and Jung Kyung Ho
Sooyoung and Jung Kyung Ho spotted hugging by Dispatch Korea in 2017
Former Girls Generation member, Choi Sooyoung, and Hospital Playlist actor, Jung Kyung Ho, met through a mutual friend and have been dating for 8 years now. In an interview with Illgan Sports that was translated by Koreaboo, the actor said that “Sooyoung gives me so much strength” and “all that’s left is for me to treat her well”. It looks like Jung Kyung Ho is a man of his words. He gave Sooyoung 1,000 roses on their 1,000-day anniversary.
Sooyoung and her sister on an episode of Taxi in 2017
Sooyoung’s sister also shared on a variety show, Taxi, that she thinks Jung Kyung Ho “is the only guy for Sooyoung” because he never gets angry and does everything that she says. When it comes to marriage, Jung Kyung Ho told Illgan Sports that he wants to marry but he has to think of his partner too. He added, “I don’t want to burden her or disrupt her career with marriage. I want to see Sooyoung working actively. I think we can get married afterward.”
9. Heechul and Momo
Heechul and Momo’s selfie behind the scenes of Knowing Brothers in 2017
Super Junior’s Heechul and Twice’s Momo have a 13-year age gap but that has not stopped the singers from being together. This is also the first time that Heechul has confirmed his dating rumours.
Before they started dating in 2019, Heechul was known to be a big fan of Momo. He was spotted at her concerts and even seen blushing when Momo did aegyo (korean term for acting cute) on the South Korean variety show, Weekly Idol.
10. Gummy and Jo Jung Suk
Gummy and Jo Jung Suk at their pre-wedding photoshoot in 2018
Soloist Gummy and actor Jo Jung Suk’s history goes back to 2013, when they met each other through a mutual friend. They got married in 2018 and welcomed their first child in 2020. The Hospital Playlist cast member wrote a letter to his fans on his fancafe, revealing why he decided to marry Gummy. Namely, because they are “both big sources of energy for each other and she is someone who will encourage and support me to become a better person in the future.”
True to these words, Jo Jung Suk mentioned in an interview with Sports Chosun that Gummy has been an avid viewer of all his projects. Jo Jung Suk also shared the ways that he changed after marriage, including how he “life itself feels much more comfortable and stable than before.”
11. Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung
Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung at their wedding ceremony in 2013
Everything about these 2 actors screams couple goals. Having dated for 7 years, they got married in September 2013 and went to Spain to snap their pre-wedding photos. There, Ji Sung surprised Lee Bo Young with a proposal event where he read a letter he wrote, sang for her and gave her a new engagement ring.
Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung’s children drew this for
their parents’ seventh wedding anniversary in 2020
Ji Sung is also known to be a family man. In an episode of variety show, Run, aired in 2020, the actor mentioned that there have been a lot of times when he and his wife wanted different things, so being unconditionally considerate of each other’s wishes is important. He also shared that he restrains himself from drinking because he wants to be healthy enough to be by his family’s side for longer and walk his daughter down the aisle when she gets married. To him, his family gives him strength.
12. Won Bin and Lee Na Young
Won Bin and Lee Na Young’s wedding ceremony in 2015
While Won Bin has not made his comeback in any films or dramas since 2010, he’s still one of Korea’s most reputable actors. In 2015, he married Lee Na Young, whom you may have seen in Romance is a Bonus Book alongside Lee Jong Suk.
Although the couple has kept their relationship very private, there have been times when they have touched on their relationship. Lee Na Young revealed in a 2018 interview with Korean news outlet, OSEN, that she and Won Bin are like best friends. She added that she also looked through her script for Beautiful Days with her husband and he cheered her on to work hard. We stan a supportive relationship.
13. Eugene and Ki Tae Young
Eugene and Ki Tae Young’s selfie on their ninth wedding anniversary in 2020
Compared to her character, Oh Yoon Hee, in The Penthouse, who did not have much luck in her marriage, former first-generation girl group S.E.S member, Eugene, is happily married to Ki Tae Young.
The 2 met on the set of Creating Destiny (2009) and were married in 2011. Eugene said on Please Take Care Of My Refrigerator in 2019 that they still go on dates together to spend some time on their own as they now have 2 young children. She further added that the stage of ennui will only come after 40 years, showing her confidence in their loving relationship.
In an episode of the talk show Life Bar, Ki Tae Young also shared that after Eugene gave birth to their first child, Rohee, he assured her that he would take care of their child so that she could work comfortably without worrying.
14. Lee Sang Woo and Kim So Yeon
Lee Sang Woo and Kim So Yeon’s wedding ceremony in 2017
Unlike the dark and twisted Cheon Seo Jin in The Penthouse, actress Kim So Yeon is actually a cheerful and soft-spoken person IRL, as seen in variety shows like Running Man and How Do You Play? The Penthouse star met her husband, Lee Sang Woo, as an on-screen couple in the weekend drama, Happy Home and they got married in 2017.
On the programme, Happy Together, she gave the audience a glimpse of their dating life in which they went on a 15-hour long date almost every day. When asked if she wanted anything from her husband by the hosts, she said that she likes him as who he is and would still marry him if she was born again. Their relationship feels like a K-drama, just that it’s actually reality.
15. Sean and Jung Hye Young
Jung Hye Young and Sean at a donation fair, Made in Heaven, in 2019
Last but not least, in this list of Korean celeb couples, we have Sean, a member of the hip hop duo, Jinusean, and actress Jung Hye Young. Having been married for 17 years with 4 kids, it seems like the couple are still crazily in love with each other. Sean still keeps track of the number of days it has been since their first meeting and their anniversary date. Last Christmas, Sean took to Instagram to upload this beautiful photo of them with the caption: “20 years ago today, Christmas evening, I met Hye Young. It was like a movie, love in first sight. After that day, Christmas became more special for me. 7305 days with my love of my life.”
That’s not all. On their 14th anniversary, Sean uploaded 3 posts on Instagram. The first was a picture of a bouquet of flowers, accompanied by the words: “2004.10.08 14th Anniversary. As I promised, I will always love you till death do us apart.”.
The second post was a shot of 14 red roses and the caption: “14 roses. My little event which stands for our happy 365 days for every rose. She gave me a big smile when she came back from her drama reading.”
The last, which may be the sweetest, was a photo of Jung Hye Young in her wedding gown. Sean wrote in Korean: “Jung Hye Young, the woman who still makes my heart flutter even though it’s been 14 years.”. No wonder Sean is regarded as one of the sweetest husbands in South Korea.
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