South Korean ‘Posh and Becks’ WILL make their home in Swansea
Leading actress and presenter reveals she will give up lead role in Seoul talk show for life in Wales
The South Korean actress marrying Swansea City football star Ki Sung Yueng is giving up her lead role on one of her country’s top talk shows – to live in Wales!
Han Hye-jin, 31, will wed midfielder Ki, 24, in a luxury hotel in the Gangnam district of Seoul, made famous by South Korean pop star PSY’s smash hit of the same name, on July 1.
As well as appearing in movies, Hye-jin has been one of the stars of hit late night South Korean talk show Healing Camp on SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System). She has been one of three main hosts of the show since it started in 2011.
It discusses a wide range of issues with sports men and women, actors, actresses and politicians.
After being asked if she was leaving the show her representatives, Namoo Actors said: “We are still in the stage of confirming, but there’s no concrete decision as yet.”
It now understood the actress has confirmed that after her marriage to Ki Sung Yeung she will follow him to Swansea where he lives in the high-rise Meridian Quay tower in Swansea Marina along with other Swans’ stars including Wayne Routledge, Pablo Hernandez, Chico Flores and Jonathan de Guzman.
Han Hye-jin told a South Korean newspaper: “Until the end of July, I will continue with filming for my movie When a Man Loves and recording Healing Camp. After that, I will depart to accompany my husband.”
SBS has revealed in an upcoming episode of Healing Camp on July 24, Han Hye-jin will not be featured as one of the hosts but as the guest for the two-year anniversary special.
It is thought she will talk about her relationship with Ki and her decision to follow him to the UK in the show.
The pair are now known as the Posh and Becks of South Korea and met two years ago at a charity football match in Vietnam. They began dating in January this year and only went public with their relationship in March.
One giveaway was that Ki’s boots suddenly became custom imprinted with HJ SY 24 (HJ for Hye-jin, SY for Sung-Yueng and 24 for Ki’s kit number). Before he announced he was getting married, Ki, admitted to being inundated with gifts from female fans.
He said: “I get food parcels, books, letters. I don’t get millions but more than the other boys. I do read every letter because my fans have taken time to write. They love their football.”
In 2001, Ki was sent to Australia by his father, who believed that Ki could play football and learn to speak English.
He played the bulk of his youth career at John Paul College in Brisbane under the BSP (Brain Soccer Program) overseen by former Wales, Fulham and Reading defender Jeff Hopkins.
On August 24, 2012, by then an established South Korean international, Ki transferred to Swansea City from Celtic for around £6m on a three-year deal.