Trusty ol’ K-tabloid Sports Seoul is at it again in the forefront of breaking K-celeb dating news. Or maybe it’s less “breaking” then being part of a well engineered roll out of a couple going public. This one doesn’t include any idols and involves two very well known actors (and also tanks a massively shipped drama couple ship). Gong Hyo Jin and Lee Jin Wook were recently caught by Sports Seoul on a late night surreptitious date near her house, complete with her face mask and his baseball cap. An unidentified acquaintance of the pair spoke with Sports Seoul to divulge that the couple have been dating since meeting at a fashion show last year, sharing a mutual love of fashion as well as a common profession in acting. Both are not new to the public dating realm, with Lee Jin Wook having a very high-profile relationship with Choi Ji Woo after they did Air City together but that fizzled since he went to the army right after they started dating, while Gong Hyo Jin was in one of the longest celeb relationships in the industry with fellow actor Ryu Seung Beom for over a decade since meeting on a drama set in 2001 and lasting until the break up in 2012.
That was also quite a buzzy break up with rumors that Gong Hyo Jin had fallen for her co-star Ha Jung Woo which all parties involved vehemently refuted. Since last year’s The Master’s Sun where many drama fans loved her with So Ji Sub and have been praying the chemistry on set moved over to real life, Gong Hyo Jin’s now confirmed relationship with Lee Jin Wook surely puts the kibbutz on that. I actually would have been fine if she did or didn’t date So Ji Sub, but ever since So Ji Sub’s recent dating scandal with After School‘s Jooyeon (which they denied but I’m not really buying that) it was pretty clear the Master’s Sun couple wasn’t happening. This will also bring additional attention to both Gong Hyo Jin and Lee Jin Woo’s upcoming drama projects. Gong Hyo Jin has the SBS rom-com It’s Okay, It’s Love with Jo In Sung (who is himself in a high profile relationship with fellow actress Kim Min Hee) while Lee Jin Wook is prepping for this Summer’s Joseon version of The Three Musketeers. I love hearing dating news because it’s just happy stuff and I don’t mind if the couple breaks up down the road since a fleeting but sincere romance can be memorable and sweet. Congrats to these two!