Actors Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin reveal they've been dating for eight months

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Actors Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin reveal they've been dating for eight months

Actors Hyun Bin, left, and Son Ye-jin at the press preview for the TV series ″Crash Landing on You″ on Dec. 9, 2019. They acknowledged on Friday that they have been dating for eight months. [ILGAN SPORTS]

Actors Hyun Bin, left, and Son Ye-jin at the press preview for the TV series ″Crash Landing on You″ on Dec. 9, 2019. They acknowledged on Friday that they have been dating for eight months. [ILGAN SPORTS]

 
The fictional lovers of the hit TV series "Crash Landing On You"(2019-20) have become lovers in real life. Actors Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin, two of the leading stars of the Korean wave, acknowledged that they have been dating for eight months.  
 
"The two became intimate friends as co-stars and developed such intimacy into a romantic relationship after the drama ['Crash Landing On You'] wrapped,” VAST Entertainment, the agency for Hyun Bin, whose real name is Kim Tae-pyung, said in a statement on Friday afternoon. MS Team Entertainment, the agency for Son, also confirmed that the pair are in a relationship.
 
After the announcements from the agencies, Son wrote on her Instagram account, “I’m grateful that I could meet such a good person. I will make efforts to nurture [the relationship] well and beautifully.”
 
Son and Hyun Bin, both 38 years old, had repeatedly denied dating rumors which first began after they co-starred in the crime thriller film “The Negotiation” in 2018. The rumors intensified when they played the roles of a South Korean chaebol heiress and an elite North Korean officer who fall in love in the romantic comedy "Crash Landing On You," aired on cable channel tvN.  
 
The agencies for the two actors emphasized that their relationship began in March, a month after the conclusion of the TV series.
 
Both Son and Hyun Bin earned early fame for their roles in romance dramas before moving into genres such as history and thriller.  
 
Son emerged as the “icon of first love” thanks to the romance films "Lover's Concerto" (2002) and "The Classic" (2003). Then, she obtained critical acclaim for more diverse roles such as the leading roles in thriller film "The Truth Beneath” (2015) and in the historical drama film "The Last Princess" (2016). Unlike on the big screen, on TV, she has remained as the queen of melodramas and rom-coms, starring in "Something in the Rain" (2018) and "Crash Landing on You."
 
Hyun Bin became an Asian heartthrob by starring in the TV rom-com series "My Lovely Sam-soon" (2005) and “Secret Garden” (2010-11), which led the global boom of K-dramas. He then took on the the leading roles in the drama film “Late Autumn” (2010), the historical thriller film “The Fatal Encounter” (2014) and the period zombie film “Rampant” (2018). On TV, he starred in the romance drama "Memories of the Alhambra" (2018) and "Crash Landing On You."
 
BY MOON SO-YOUNG   [symoon@joongang.co.kr]
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