And the first celebrity couple outing of 2008 is…
“Kim Jong Min at Hyun Young’s fan club meeting. There’s something unusual about the embrace.”
…Hyun Young and Kim Jong Min??
It’s still 2007 here in the States, but it’s the new year for Koreans, and the first celebrity couple of 2008 have confirmed their relationship. It’s one that may seem a bit odd at first — sexy, leggy Hyun Young (31) with the high-pitched voice, and the always-laughing jokester Kim Jong Min (28).
Both are television personalities who have made numerous appearances on variety shows like Heroine 6 and X Man. Both are also singers — Kim Jong Min’s with the pop group Koyote and Hyun Young released her own dance-poppy album, although I really think of her more as a novelty singer than a serious pop star (oxymoron?). And, of course, Hyun Young is also an actress/comedian (which is the role I think suits her best), from dramas like Bad Family and movies like My Wife is a Gangster 3 and the action romantic comedy co-starring Lee Dong Wook, Choi Kang Romance (aka The Strongest Romance, aka Perfect Couple).
They met while both appearing on KBS2’s Happy Sunday Heroine 6 program, and have kept their dating on the downlow for the past year.
Kim Jong Min just began his military duties at the end of November 2007, but had time off to spend the end of the year with his girlfriend; cameras caught the couple at the end of a date; check out the pics below the cut.
“August 2006, at Hyun Young’s fan club meeting. Kim Jong Min presents her with a flower bouquet.”
SONG OF THE DAY
Sugarbowl – “오늘밤” (Tonight). This song reminds me of Jamiroquai’s mix of funk and rhythm — if ever a Korean movie wanted to capture their own brand of Napoleon Dynamite-esque dance brilliance, they oughtta use this tune. [ zShare download ]
“On her way to meeting Kim Jong Min, Hyun Young
enters the parking lot of a certain apartment complex in Samsungdong”
“Hyun Young, waiting for Kim Jong Min”
“After their date, Kim Jong Min (left) and Hyun Young (right) separate.”
Despite seeming incompatible on first glance, a friend of Hyun Young’s said, “Hyun Young fell for Kim Jong Min’s reserved charm.” Apparently the laughing, joking energetic pop singer we see on television programs is really much more quiet in his personal life. Also: “Hyun Young likes that about his personality. Whether she’s happy or sad, he’s there behind her to hold her with out a word. She fell for his warmth.”
Another person close to Hyun Young explained, “In this past year, she’s had to deal with various difficulties and gone through many troubles. During those times, she’s gained so much strength from Kim Jong Min, who looked after her in silent support.”