Hwang Jung-eum and SG Wannabe’s Kim Yong-jun’s Love Story
Hwang Jung-Eum and SG Wannabe’s Kim Yong-Jun started dating in the fall of 2006 and became the most harmonious couple among Korean artists. In fact, they became good friends and naturally developed into a romantic relationship.
They even appeared on MBC’s We Got Married, a virtual wedding show, in 2006 and drew attention for being the first real-life couple featured on the show.
Back then, Hwang Jung-Eum was a lead vocalist for SUGAR which was originally a four-member girl group. However, she withdrew in December 2004. She then turned herself into an actress. She was unknown as an actress back then and started getting recognized after appearing on We Got Married with her ex-boyfriend Kim Yong-Jun. Shortly after, she was cast on MBC’s High Kick Through the Roof, a popular South Korean sitcom.
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The two of them were in a relationship for almost ten years. According to Yonhap News, an acquaintance of the two stated that during that time, they broke up and made up numerous times over little things.
During their relationship, Hwang Jung-eum could not avoid questions regarding her marriage plans especially after dating for nine years. According to Soompi, in an interview in October 2014, she stated, “I can’t live without Kim Yong-Jun but often we tell each other, ‘You’re not the best marriage partner for me.’ Yet we also say, ‘When are we getting married?’ We say that to each other and think that if we do decide to marry then we will do it, and if we end up breaking up then we break up. I sometimes don’t like his behavior, but I still like him.”
She also revealed that she sometimes got sick and tired of him, but in the end, the only person next to her was Kim Yong-jun, “We repeat the cycle of breaking up and getting back together. Even if we do end up breaking up, it doesn’t go on for more than a week. If one person doesn’t call, then the other person ends up calling. It’s very strange. We’re like family now,” as reported by Soompi.
On January 5, 2015, when she attended the press conference for MBC’s Kill Me, Heal Me, she was asked if Kim Yong-jun was jealous about her acting opposite, Ji Sung. She answered, “I fought with him. So, I’m depressed. I haven’t been contacting him.” Then, she explained about why she fought with Kim Yong-jun, “I was busy from filming and caught a cold so I asked him to make a reservation because I wanted to eat a delicious dinner, but he didn’t make a reservation, so I told him to forget it. I guess this is how it is once you date for nine years. Really,” as reported by Mwave.
In an interview in March 2015, according to Asia Today, she planned to marry at 34 years old. She said, “I don’t know who it will be. It could be Kim Yong-jun or someone who is by my side when I’m 34. But, I think I will get married to Kim Yong-jun,” as reported by KDramaStars. And, she even wished to work with Ji Sung again after she got married.
Hwang Jung-eum and Kim Yong-jun’s Separate Ways
In May 2015, an acquaintance stated that after Hwang Jung-eum wrapped up filming MBC’s Kill Me, Heal Me, the two agreed to go their separate ways.
A representative of Hwang Jung-Eum’s agency stated, “The two of them broke up around the time MBC’s Kill Me, Heal Me drama ended, which Hwang Jung-eum was starring in. Since they have been together for a long time, they have decided to cheer on each other’s future as friends,” as reported by Koreaboo. And, according to an insider who is close to both celebrities, they are still good friends and they contact each other all the time.
stoo.asiae.co.krOn September 16, 2015, her ex-boyfriend Kim Yong-jun appeared on MBC’s Radio Star and talked about Hwang Jung-eum. He was unable to evade questions that were asked by MC’s about her, so he simply answered, “She always works hard, so I hope that she will do well,” and wisely added, “Love is something that gets forgotten through new love.” The MC Kim Gu-ra then asked, “Another love will come to find you, right?” Kim Yong-jun then responded, “Rather than going at it intentionally or meeting through a blind date, I like meeting someone who naturally finds me,“.