13 Korean celebrities who have been in an international relationship
Every couple in a romantic relationship faces challenges that, when resolved, result in greater appreciation for each other. Cultural differences must have been a challenge for these 13 couples, yet seven of them remained strong and ended up marrying. Here are the 13 Korean celebrities who've been in an international relationship.
1. Beenzino and Stefanie Michova
Korean rapper Beenzino and German model Stefanie Michova, who've starred on Big Bang G-Dragon and Taeyang's music video Good Boy, confirmed dating last month. .
Beenzino says he had learned to speak English when he lived in New Zealand. Beenzino said on conversing with Stefanie, "We speak in English, but try to learn each other's language and mix them in conversations."
Korean actor Song Seung Hyun and Chinese actress Liu Yifei confirmed dating on August after news broke out that he stayed over at her house. During an interview following the confirmation, Song Seung Hun said on Liu Yifei, “Honestly, I’m not a greedy person, but once I saw you, I realized what I really wanted to possess." The couple converses in English and says they don't feel any language barrier.
3. G-Dragon and Kiko Mizuhara
Big Bang's G-Dragon and Japanese American model and actress Kiko Mizuhara reportedly broke up on August, but insiders say their romance is still going strong. Throughout their five-year-long relationship, G-Dragon or Kiko have never publicly acknowledged the relationship.
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Choo Sung Hoon, Korean Japanese MMA fighter, Japanese model Yano Shiho and their lovely daughter Choo Sarang are stars of the Return of Superman. Adored by many, Choo Sung Hoon and Yano Shiho are one of the stylish couples in Korean entertainment industry. (Related: 21 superstar guests of Return of Superman)
5. Bae Doo Na and Jim Sturgess
Korean actress Bae Doo Na and British actor Jim Sturgess, who dated shortly after starring on Cloud Atlas (2012), have been one of the loveliest couple while the romance lasted. Bae Doo Na and Jim Sturgess have appeared in public together and acknowledged their relationship. The couple split on March.
6. Tang Wei and Kim Tae Yong
Kim Tae Yong directed the film Late Autumn (2010) starring Hyun Bin and Tang Wei, where the couple first met. The couple announced the marriage saying: 'Through cinema, we met each other and came to understand each other. We became friends and then lovers. In the future, we will also call each other husband and wife. Even though we must learn each other’s languages, this is our happiest moment as we both believe that we will further understand, respect and appreciate each other. Cinema is the most important witness to our relationship. We thank all our supporting friends. We also hope that when you meet your fate, you do not miss it.'
7. Choo Ja Hyun and Yoo Ho Kwang
Korean actress Choo Ja Hyun has been working in China for many years. Last month, Choo Ja Hyun shared her boyfriend and Chinese actor Yoo Ho Kwang to the world saying, "Thank you China for giving me the opportunity to make my dream come true and meet the man of my life. I sincerely ask for your blessing. Thank you (Yoo Ho Kwang) for loving me!"
8. Chae Rim and Gao Xingqi (Jiame Gao)
Korean actress Chae Rim and Chinese actor Gao Xingqi have been happily dating since April, 2014, and married October, 2014. They met on set of a Chinese drama, where they played a married couple. They're one of the noona-dongsaeng couples, like the popular Baek Ji Young and Jung Suk Won couple.
Comedian Jung Joon Ha met his wife on a flight. Captivated by Japanese flight attendant Nina Yagi's beauty, Jung Joon Ha exchanged email addresses with her, which eventually led to marriage on May, 2012, and an adorable baby boy Ro Ha, who was born on March, 2013.
10. Kim Jung Min and Rumiko Tani
Singer Kim Kyung Min and Japanese singer Rumiko Tani married in 2006, and has three adorable children. The family previously starred on the SBS series Oh My Baby.
11. H.O.T. Jang Woo Hyuk and Yoo Min
Dispatch reported July, 2014, that Jang Woo Hyuk, member of the first generation k-pop group H.O.T., and Japanese actress Yu Min have been dating since 2006.
12. BMK and Maxi Larry
Soul singer BMK (Big Mama King) married Maxey Larry Derrelle, former American pilot stationed in Korea, in 2011 after four years of dating. BMK said in an 2012 interview, "My husband gave everything up, including his job, to come to Korea and live with me," adding that he's learning Korean and looking for a new job.
13. Im Sang A and Jamie Propp
K-pop star turned handbag designer Im Sang A married American music producer Jamie Propp and the couple was based in New York City with a beautiful daughter Gloria. After 10 years of marriage, the couple divorced last year.
After Sang A left the k-pop scenes in the 1990s, she studied at Parsons and launched an eponymous brand in 2006. Sang A's bags captured hearts of many including Ashlee Simpson and Devon Aoki.
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