Another K-drama fantasy came true! Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo costars Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk acknowledged dating via agency on Monday, April 24, 2017. “We confirmed with Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk, who’ve been friends since they were models, that they started dating recently,” a YG Entertainment representative said.

Secret Dates

Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk have gone on dates as early as last Christmas, according to Dispatch. On Christmas 2016, Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk returned to their respective homes from a Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo filming site. Shortly after, they headed out for a date night. Dispatch reports the couple has been seeing each other whenever they didn’t have a drama filming scheduled.

When Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo ended in January, the couple met as often as they could, that is, whenever they weren't scheduled to work. Late January, Lee Sung Kyung headed to Los Angeles for a photoshoot. Nam Joo Hyuk followed her to LA early February for a separate photoshoot. When they returned, he brought her NBA jerseys and matching hats in addition to some flowers.

The couple attended a Coldplay concert in Olympic Stadium, Seoul, on Saturday, April 15.

On Sunday, April 16, the couple went on a church date. Lee Sung Kyung left home wearing a wig and a baseball cap. Upon arriving at the church, she switched to a bucket hat. Nam Joo Hyuk wore the same bucket hat and a mask to disguise himself.


Hints

With hindsight, there have been hints about their relationship from her Instagram. Though they were promoting a drama, Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk look too close, especially in the second video!

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Nam Joo Hyuk has been hinting about his girlfriend to the world as well. He has picked Kim Bok Joo as his Ms. Right in several interviews.

“Bok Joo says a lot of encouraging words. I like people like Bok Joo,” Nam said in an interview in January. In the same month, he said in another interview, “If I like something, I’m in it for the long haul. I can’t say for sure, but someone like Bok Joo has become my Ms. Right. Someone who cheers me up while we exercise together could surely be the right one.”

Nam Joo Hyuk specified his Ms. Right in an interview with Arirang TV. “… these days I’m into short-haired, sharp-looking women. Someone who looks cute in one glance and scary in another,” the actor elaborated.

Has Nam Joo Hyuk been describing his girlfriend as Ms. Right without even realizing?


Commonalities

Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk started as models and later debuted as actors. Lee Sung Kyung, who is three years older, took a leap first, followed by Nam Joo Hyuk. They played supporting roles in Cheese in the Trap before playing a couple in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.

“They both like fashion, love style, and undertook acting,” an acquaintance told Dispatch. “They had so much in common that they couldn’t not get along.”

Another acquaintance said, “They’re so affectionate toward each other that all of their friends are cheering for the couple.”

Congratulations, Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk!

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