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Posted : 2011-04-21 20:14
Updated : 2011-04-21 20:14

Seo Tai-ji in divorce suit



By Kwon Mee-yoo, Lee Hyo-won

Seo Tai-ji’s divorce is creating a stir as the singer, thought to be single, is rumored to have been married to actress E Ji-ah. E’s real name is Kim Ji-ah.

According to legal sources, a woman known by her surname Kim began divorce proceedings in January, asking for alimony and division of property amounting to about 5 billion won. The second hearing was on Monday, with four attorneys on Seo’s side and three representing his wife.

It has yet to be proven that E is the Kim in question.

The 39-year-old Seo, whose real name is Jeong Hyeon-chol, and 30-year-old E, were both thought to be unmarried. Their reported divorce suit has shocked the Korean entertainment scene, particularly since E recently admitted dating actor Jung Woo-sung.

Their agencies have been unable to contact the stars for comment.

“Seo Tai-ji has been overseas to work on his album, and we are unable to reach him at the moment. It’s his personal matter so we don’t know anything but we believe it is untrue,” said Seo’s agency Seotaiji Company.

“We haven’t been able to get in touch with E Ji-ah since yesterday and we don’t know anything,” said E’s agency Key East.

E attended a Seo Tai-ji Wormhole Concert in March 2009 and this is the only known official link between Seo and E.

Seo debuted in 1992 as a leader of "The Taiji Boys" and released four albums including "Come Back Home" (1995). He was a K-pop icon in the mid-1990s.

He announced his retirement in 1996 and left for the United States. Seo later returned to the K-pop scene as a solo artist, but his private life was kept well-protected.

E studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena before starting acting in 2007 as the heroine of hit drama "Taewangsasingi" (The Four Guardian Gods of the King). She later starred in television dramas such as “Beethoven Virus” (2008), “Style” (2009) and most recently “Athena” (2010).


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이지아는 그동안 과거 행적이 대중에 거의 알려지지 않았다. 이지아는 어릴적 미국에서 10여년 간 생활한 것으로 알려졌으며, 캘리포니아주 패서디나 아트센터 대학에서 그래픽 디자인을 전공했다.

하지만 이지아는 유일하게 네티즌 수사대의 추적을 실패한 연예인으로 꼽히고 있다. 많은 네티즌들이 이지아의 과거 사진이나 어릴적 모습을 찾기 위해 고군분투 했지만 아무것도 찾아내지 못했다.

더구나 이지아가 최근 드라마에서 뛰어난 영어 회화 실력을 선보이고, 일본에서 열린 행사에선 일본어도 유창하게 구사했으며 악기 연주와 노래 실력도 수준급의 실력을 지녀 `외계인설`이 나돌기도 했다.

이지아는 지난 2004년 LG 텔레콤 광고에 배용준 곁을 지나는 단역으로 출연하며 연예계에 데뷔했다. 이어 2007년 MBC `태왕사신기`에 여주인공으로 깜짝 발탁되며 한류스타 배용준과 호흡을 맞췄다. 이후 MBC `베토벤 바이러스`, SBS `스타일`, `아테나: 전쟁의 여신` 등에 출연하며 대중의 인기를 얻었다.

특히 최근에 `아테나`에서 호흡을 맞춘 정우성과 열애 중이란 사실이 밝혀진 바 있어 이번 서태지와의 이혼설이 더욱 충격을 주고 있다.




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