And no, I don’t mean that in a drama way. News has come out that Jae Hee is in fact married with a young child, according to a women’s magazine article that seems to have caught the Jae Hee camp by surprise. The article states that he is living a married life though has yet to officially register the union and also has a hidden son.
On the 23rd, Jae Hee’s agency issued a statement in response, saying that because he doesn’t wish to cause trouble for his current drama May Queen, he is addressing the story and moving on so he can focus on his work. His rep confirmed that he is in fact married, but objected to the wording that suggested he was being secretive. Yes, but what fun is it for the tabloids if he’s just being a quiet family man instead of harboring a seedy double life?
The statement asserted that Jae Hee’s relationship is honorable (and registered), and that he did not disclose the news out of consideration for his wife, who is not a celebrity. “He is taken aback that it was reported before he announced it himself, but it is a situation he could confidently reveal.” (Meaning: nothing skeevy going on here, move along folks.) He apparently felt uncomfortable at the idea of his first post-army publicity being about his personal life rather than his work, which is why he chose to keep it quiet.
I’m more surprised that he could have gone this long being a husband and father without the press getting wind of it, but I suppose he’s not really a high-profile star. And since Jae Hee is a stage name (he began acting under his real name, Lee Hyun-kyun, then switched to Jae Hee early on), perhaps he managed to fly under the radar. Aw, but you do have to respect a guy who keeps his private life private and chooses not to turn it into a headline moment. At least not intentionally.