Jang Shin-young was best known for her portrayal of the femme fatale lead in the E Channel drama The Empress (2011). The actress, who was born in 1984, made her debut through a local beauty contest in 2001. Mostly, she was cast in supporting roles in TV series but in 2013, she was cast as the lead role in Flower of Revenge, the first daily drama by cable station jTBC.
In 2006, Jang married Wi Seung-cheol, a marketing director at Bae Yong-joon’s management agency BOF, on November 18, 2006. But the couple divorced in 2009 due to debt caused by business failures. From the marriage, the couple has a son named Jung An. Later in March 2013, Jang was spotted dating celebrity, Kang Kyun jung after being cast in the same drama. Recent news said that they have set the wedding date, probably this May.
Jang Shin-young’s Relationship
Jang Shin-young married Wi Seung-cheol in 2006, but after 3 years of marriage, Jang filed for a divorced. Jang attributed her request to the wide gap in character between her and her husband. But press reports blamed the mounting debt of her businessman husband, identified only as Wi, 33, for the couple’s breakup.
An acquaintance of Jang was quoted as saying, “Wi had been struggling with a lot of debt owing to business failures. They tried, in vain, to avoid divorce in consideration of their son.”
Wi reportedly reached a final decision on divorce out of fear that his debt might affect Jang’s acting career negatively. Wi had been working for BOF (Boundaries of Forest), hallyu (Korean wave) star Bae Yong-jun’s agency, as a marketing director before starting his own business dealing in baby items after marriage. But his business went from bad to worse due to snowballing debt. Actually, the couple had been separated for eight months prior. The couple agreed that their son will be in Jang’s custody.
5 years later after the divorce, Jang Shin Young was cast in JTBC’s drama “Thorn Flower” which led her to meet Kang Kyung Joon who also played one of the main leads. Through the drama, their relationship grew bigger leading to romance.
According to Kang Kyun Joong’s agency K Star Entertainment, the two actors became friendly while playing lead roles on the drama. In “Thorn Flower,” Jang Shin Young played Jun Se Mi, an innocent woman who is betrayed and then seeks revenge. Kang Kyun Joong played the drama’s villain.
“It is true that they are in the beginning stages of their relationship. They became closer because of working together on the drama and developed romantic feelings for each other,” said a representative of K Star Entertainment.
The couple did not hide their attraction to each other on set, and production staff members were all aware that they were dating. The K Star Entertainment representative said that Jang Shin Young thought Kang Kyung Joon was kind and understanding, while he was attracted to her personality. He was also said to be protective of her.
Jang Shin Young, 29, debuted in 2002 with a role in “The Story of Two Men.” She starred in “Winter Bird,” “Bride of the Sun,” “The Chaser” and SBS drama “Empire of Gold.” The actress is best known for her role in the “The Empress.” She won an award for her work in “The Chaser.”
Meanwhile, Kang Kyung Joon who is a year older than Jang Shin Young debuted in 2004 through the MBC sitcom “Nonstop 5,” and was previously on the drama “History of a Salaryman” before “Thorn Flower.”
In February 2018, the couple announced their plans to have their wedding in May. The couple appeared on a reality show “Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny”. In the first episode, the actors flew to Dubai for their first couple photo shoot.
Once the photo shoot was over, they went to eat dinner at a restaurant with a good view of Dubai. In the middle of dinner, Jang Shin Young suddenly asked how many days it has been since they started dating. Kang Kyung Joong promptly responded, “1,708 days,” surprising the panel members with his speedy answer.
The two of them took their time to look back on the process of getting permission for marriage from their parents. Kang Kyung Joong said that it was all fascinating to him, and Jang Shin Young admitted she felt the same way. Following that, they made a surprise announcement that their parents told them to get married in May, shocking the cast in the studio.
In a previous episode, Kang Kyung Joon had revealed that he had gotten permission from Jang Shin Young’s parents to marry her by simply yet sincerely telling them, “I would like to marry Shin Young. Please give us permission.”
On the other hand, Jang Shin Young started to worry about the wedding preparations, saying, “We just chose the month and didn’t do anything else. We don’t have a wedding venue or invitations either.” After giving a big sigh, she joked, “Will we get married at this rate?,” making everyone laugh.
Congratulations to this lovebirds!