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Shin Hyun-joon to tie the knot
by | March 16, 2013 | 59 Comments

Aww to old bachelors finally getting hitched. Shin Hyun-joon (Gaksital, Oohlala Spouses) has announced that he’ll be getting married, and will put a period on his bachelorhood come May 26. His bride is a Korean-American gyopo 12 years his junior (he’s 44, so that makes her 32), which means she’s not a celebrity; she’s a music major and the couple has been dating since last year.

I love that the celeb responses are pretty much echoes of our own (as the collective fandom, I mean): “I thought he’d be alone forever. Congrats congrats!” (Im Hyung-joon). “Hallelujah~ I’m so glad. Congratulations, truly. Welcome to the married life” (Kim Won-hee). Haha. Why is it that once a guy hits late thirties, he practically has the whole country on a mission to marry him off?

Shin Hyun-joon also tweeted the news himself on the 16th, and is in the thick of wedding preparations. The ceremony will take place at Seoul’s Grand Hyatt Hotel (a popular celeb wedding spot), and you can bet it’ll be attended by a who’s who of the entertainment industry.

Via Newsen


59 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. dany

    Congratulations! He is so talented, I like him.

    • 1.1 Ivoire

      I liked him in Entertainment Weekly, he is so funny and has friendly/flirty banter with his co-host. I liked it the most when he was hosting with Lee Si-Young. They had great chemistry together.

      Congratulations!!!! Hopefully no more scandals for him, from here on.

  2. ht

    haha for real, I thought he was thinking of being a bachelor for life. This is great news! SHJ is hot and hilarious, which is a perfect combination, haha. Congratulations! Hope he and his wife will have a happy married life. 🙂

  3. snow_white

    Congratulations 🙂

  4. Rie

    Congratulations Kang-san 🙂 !! Really happy for him.

  5. Uhnny

    Wishing them all the best! Congrats! 🙂

  6. LangitBiru

    Congratulations! I hope it will be not shotgun marriage as per other celebrity. He was my first Korean actor crush. Still remember back then when I root for him and Choi JiWoo in Stairway to Heaven compared to KSW/CJW.

    I guess Kwon Sang Woo will be not invited to the wedding. 😛

    • 6.1 Annie

      Yeah, I’d imagine not.

    • 6.2 asyree

      Sorry, but can i ask why he won’t seem to invite Kwon Sang Woo to his wedding? Is there any clash between these two dudes?

      • 6.2.1 Annie

        Shin Hyun Joon used to date Son Tae Young. Son Tae Young cheated on him with Joo Young Hoon but ended up marrying Kwon Sang Woo. I’d bet there’s still bad blood between him and Son Tae Young.

    • 6.3 JO

      OMG, the first drama I saw him in was in that one, Stairway to Heaven and as a child I was sickened by the fauxcest and just associated him with “neukki”ness from then and forever. But his recent comedies have convinced me of his talent.
      good memories…of disgust.

  7. orenji

    Congratulations.I always watched Entertainment Weekly on my tv and they always teased him about marriage and i thought he likes the female mc….lol

  8. Denali

    Woot, woot! Thanks for the news.

    He was my first Korean actor crush as well after watching his “Guns and talks” perf. Congratulations! God bless them both.

  9. chane

    Love him, congrats!<3

  10. 10 ck1Oz

    Why is it I feel so relieved every time I hear anyone older get married?

    Maybe because the celebrity life is scary in Korea and I am so happy every time any of them make it to the altar.
    But he’s so senior it will be interesting seeing who’ll turn up at the ceremony.

    • 10.1 Ivoire

      Hello ck1Oz,
      What do you think makes celebrity life so scary in Korea? Besides the sasaeng fans, I mean… I am not playing dumb, I would really be interested in your opinion about this. Thanks!

      • 10.1.1 Pat

        In my opinion, its scary because Korean fans seem to feel possessive ,prying, super critical, as if they have a right to approve or disapprove of every behavior, relationship or mistake of anybody famous. Live and let live is not an option
        to the point of paranoia on the celebs part. Public opinion
        ruins careers “kills “people.

  11. 11 Ano


    Good news. Actors normally pick someone younger and a non-celebs 🙂 🙂

    How I wish the actresses can do the same thing too… Get married, continue working and still popular…

    • 11.1 Annie

      Not just younger, but a lot younger. Once you get past a certain age, there just aren’t very many single people in your age group I guess.

      Can you say ‘shotgun’? But I’d seriously be happy for him if that’s the case.

      • 11.1.1 houstontwin

        It might be unfair, but after age 30, it seems that most men look for a younger bride.

        • Gabby

          Well, it depends on the culture/country too. In South Korea that’s especially true; when you look at the marriage statistics, SK has one of the lowest older woman/younger man percentage of marriages in the OECD (maybe the lowest). There seems to be more of a stigma against a women marrying younger men than you’d find in other countries, and I bet it has quite a lot to do with the strict age hierarchy + patriarchy.

  12. 12 Damselfly H

    Dude pulled an Uhm-force! As in publicizing himself as dateless, but…you know the rest of the sentence. Congratulations!

    • 12.1 nancy d.

      Uhmforce never really publicized himself as dateless, he just kept his relationship a secret!

  13. 13 houstontwin

    He’s a wonderful actor. I hope that he and his beloved will have many years of happiness together!

    I have a language question. Does gyopo only refer to people born in Korea and living elsewhere? Can it also be a child of Korean parents born and raised outside of Korea?

    • 13.1 bernie

      gyopo refers to a person of korean descent living outside of korea (so it covers both cases you mention:)

      • 13.1.1 houstontwin

        Thanks for explaining!

  14. 14 Fun-lugha

    Next up Ahn Jae Wook! That sexy lonely man needs a wifey, pronto! Fun fact: I just realised his love interest in I Love You was 13 years younger, again in L&S his g/f and Son Dam Bi were 13 & 14 years younger…sign of things to come perhaps?!!

    • 14.1 houstontwin

      Maybe Ahn Jae Wook has someone already and is simply discreet.

  15. 15 Danna

    It must be the wedding announcements’ week, between Seo Ji Suk and him…hehe…congrats to both!

  16. 16 Addylovesbwood

    congrats oppa!!

  17. 17 Ivy

    Aww, congrats ajusshi!

  18. 18 canxi

    Ooooooo~! Congrats!!

  19. 19 nurul rizka

    i wish shin hyun joon will invite Joo Won, Song Joong Ki, Eom Tae Woong, and many others actors and actress i’m sure she has many celebrity friends to be invited..hahhaha Daebakk 🙂

  20. 20 Rovi

    Wow, congrats. Invite Joo Won, Kim Jeong-eun, & Park Ki-woong. XD

    And because I have KBS World on cable (for those who will understand), finally all those verbal repartees with co-Entertainment Weekly MC Park Eun-yeong will finally rest. It’s so amusing to see them spitting friendly fire at each other on who’s firstly getting married. XD

    And because of that Entertainment Weekly should be invited. XD

    I would’ve squealed if “Ohlala Couple” wasn’t such a flop. And I had high hopes for it…*le sigh*
    Oh, and Han Jae-seok’s even getting married to…talk about coincidence…

    • 20.1 Langit13iru

      OMG. I can’t wait for their teasings on air. When is the Entertainment Weekly aired on Korea? Saturday rite. It will make havoc on air.

  21. 21 bambledd

    I”m glad for him.
    btw did he have his eyes done? They’re really pretty. lol

    • 21.1 bd

      No – SHJ is known for his long eye-lashes.

  22. 22 thefunofit

    It is a truth universally acknowledged…

    • 22.1 bambledd


      Was that to my question?
      If so, “a truth universally acknowledged” would be something along the lines that there are planets in the solar system or that a water molecule has two hydrogen atoms bonded to an oxygen atom. Sounds like you meant “it’s something that’s known by many”, not acknowledged.
      Yet, I’m not sure what you were referring to (if to my question at all). Did you mean that many know he’s had plastic surgery or many know he has pretty eyes?
      In any case, if you were addressing me, I found your response odd.

      • 22.1.1 Lord of the Things

        Its the famous opening line from Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. The line continues: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife.” That opening line is referring to the theme of the entire book of the main characters mother trying to arrange good marriages for her daughters.

        So, thefunofit was referring to “the truth universally acknowledged..” in relation to what appears to be the country’s vested interest in matchmaking older male celebrities.

    • 22.2 Lord of the Things

      Also, good call, haha

  23. 23 Luz

    And this is how the whole fandom and celebrity world feels for Kim Jong Kook. Except everyone is actively rooting for him and Eun Hye lol

  24. 24 Toystar

    Congratulations. He is really 44 years old?

  25. 25 Ciara

    YAY! Congrats! Super excited for him!

  26. 26 p1nky

    Wow! Good news indeed.
    Found out from Youtube clips that he’s actually a very funny man and I like him so much since OhLaLa Couple!

    • 26.1 LangitBiru

      You should watch his some of his movies. Marrying The Mafia series. It so funny.

      • 26.1.1 bd

        SHJ is one of the few actors who can do drama and comedy equally well; he’s also quite entertaining in variety.

        Aside from “Marrying the Mafia” – the “Three Mr. Kims” is a silly but entertaining film.

  27. 27 Carinne

    Somehow I thought he was married already with kids when he was joking about it on Family Outing.

    Well, it’s a two way street, I bet A-list actresses his age are seeking younger and more vigorous men to marry as well. Haha~

    Congrats. I’m curious how beautiful is bride-to-be is.

  28. 28 mjfan

    I loved him so much in stairway to heaven , he made me cry bunch of tears when he died , I didnt see him in anything else , but anyway , congrats to him , I hope he will have a happy marriage , now my only wish is that choi ji woo will get married to and be happy ever after ……

    • 28.1 guess

      yes..hope cjw is getting married soon

  29. 29 icareay

    Congrats…all the best!

  30. 30 Lang

    That’s good for him… first time I ever saw him was way before my discovery of Korean dramas, and it was actually, of him in the music video titled” Because I’m a Girl…. Actually made me cry, but I was 18 back way then… now I watch it, and I laugh….

  31. 31 Boo

    Aww, congrats!!!

    I liked him in Gaksital.

  32. 32 lisa

    I like him , he’s a fantastic actor…

  33. 33 Kelsie

    Awww glad to know this ajusshi is finally getting hitched! Happy for him! All the best throughout your married life!

  34. 34 phenny

    This is great! Been a fan of SHJ since I’ve seen him on Stairway To Heaven. A great actor who can do drama and comedy with the same passion. CONGRATS!

  35. 35 Fairner

    CONGRATS! Lol it seems this is the year for those who have been complaining about not being married/coupled are getting married! 😀

  36. 36 corey

    and he didnt even have to go blind to get her yay finally no longer alone

  37. 37 v

    oh, always thought he is gay, coz he’s kinda girly , forties and unmarried.

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