It feels so weird to report on a happy event but still feel rivers of reservation and this odd sinking sensation that all’s not quite well with it. Lee Min Jung‘s agency MST Entertainment released an official announcement on Monday morning that the married actress was pregnant and expecting her first baby. Lee Min Jung is reportedly 27 weeks pregnant, just shy of 7 months which would make it her early third trimester. Normally pregnancy news is kept under wraps for the first trimester since there is always a high risk of miscarriage even among healthy child-bearing age women and the early second trimester is when pregnancy news is shared with friends and family.
In Lee Min Jung’s case, her agency openly discussed the awkward and uncomfortable real life situation surrounding Lee Min Jung’s husband and baby daddy Lee Byung Hun, who has been embroiled in a salacious blackmail scandal the last 5 months, which is why news of Lee Min Jung’s expecting a baby was not announced until so late. I wish my congrats to the parents-to-be came immediately upon hearing this news but I just feel disappointed that what is normally happy baby news comes at the heel of some allegedly sleazy behavior from Lee Byung Hun and the timing now confirms he was trying to get some honey on the side while his wife was already pregnant.
I don’t feel sorry for Lee Min Jung since she’s an adult woman and chose her own marital future with the man she married. I do feel that this particular blackmail scandal can’t be taken without context of all previous scandals of the violent and/or relationship nature involving Lee Byung Hun. He is the victim of blackmail in this case but it’s hard not to reach the opinion that the totality of the man’s behavior and legal history is quite alarming and discomfiting to imagine he’ll be a baby daddy soon.
I also find this last blackmail case really complex in that the court didn’t find there was actually adultery on Lee Byung Hun’s part (i.e. he didn’t actually sleep with blackmailing model Lee Ji Yeon), but the court did find lots of suggestive and inappropriate conversations between the two that were evidence of amorous interest regardless of whether it was actually consummated in the end. That’s really the fine line – does a married person have to actually have sex to be considered cheating or is it shady enough that the person tried to get some booty but failed in the end?
In the end marriage, and parenthood, is between only the two people involved so my and anyone else’s opinion hardly matters in this case. Lee Min Jung’ expected due date is in early April and she is currently back in South Korea where she is planning to stay put until the baby arrives. Naturally Lee Min Jung has no entertainment work schedule lined up and doesn’t have any expected date for resuming work even after she has the baby. I do like her acting in the right roles and wish her a healthy remainder of her pregnancy. Bur I wonder if she’ll ever resume her acting career again in the foreseeable future or just become a full time mom?