Wedding preparations for actress Han Hye-jin, 32, and Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yeung, 24, are underway. They superstar couple will tie the knot in July, according to Han's agency Friday. / Korea Times file
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Actress Han Hye-jin, 32, and Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yeung, 24, will be the nation's next actress-sports star couple to tie the knot.
Han's agency Namoo Actors announced Friday that Han will marry Ki in July. The agency said the date was set considering Han's filming schedule and Ki's soccer season. It took only 250 days for the couple to announce the wedding since Ki appeared on Han's talk show.
Han and Ki first met each other in 2011, when Han attended a charity soccer match in Vietnam that Ki played in. The breakthrough in their relationship came when Ki appeared on "Healing Camp," a talk show hosted by Han last August. They disclosed their relationship to the press shortly after the talk show was aired.
The two admitted seeing each other from January on March 27 through Ki's Twitter, but did not confirm or deny rumors regarding marriage. The official announcement came about two months later.
The agency said the two firmly trust each other and that the wedding preparations are going smoothly. "They are prudent about the wedding since it is major event in their lives and took enough time before making the decision," the agency said in a press release.
Details including the exact date, venue and officiator have not yet been decided. Known for his long range passing and shooting, Ki currently plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Swansea City and the national team.
He is widely regarded as one of the top young football prospects from Korea. In 2011, he won the South Korean Player of the Year award from the Korean Football Association (KFA).
The 32-year-old Han made her breakthrough in 2005 when she starred as a young widow working as a hairdresser in the hit drama "Be Strong, Geum-soon." Her other notable roles include So Seo-no in the historical epic "Jumong"and Korea's first female doctor of Western medicine in "Jejungwon." She is also one of the three hosts of the popular talk show Healing Camp on SBS.
Han previously dated R&B artist Naul for nine years.