There are few things that make STYLE happier than hearing rumours that two of our favourite K-drama stars might be getting married soon.
Kim Woo-bin and Shin Min-ah have been dating for six years since 2015, as confirmed by their respective agencies after the two starred in a Giordano campaign together. While the pair have certainly shared plenty of adorable moments, from sending each other food trucks to gushing about each other in interviews, things haven’t always been smooth sailing for the lovebirds.
While the couple haven’t officially announced their engagement, back in April, Korean variety and gossip show Rumor Has It said insiders close to them had told the show that they are planning to get married in 2021.
They are currently shooting their first K-drama together called Our Blues created by the famed writer Noh Hee-kyung.
From their rocky beginning to a scary cancer diagnosis, we look into some of the biggest trials and tribulations that Kim and Shin had to endure before (possibly) saying “I do” …
Kim Woo-bin dated a model before Shin Min-ah
At the beginning of his career, Kim started dating model Yoo Ji-ahn, who has walked for the likes of Chanel and Dior. The two went public in 2011 and ended their relationship in 2014, as confirmed by Kim’s representative.
“The two were too busy to meet up and naturally ended their relationship. Because they have known each other for a long time now, they are now just friends,” a source close to the couple said, as quoted by Soompi.
Fans got angry when Yoo Ji-ahn appeared to wear a jumper that they had gifted to Kim Woo-bin. Photo: @yoogian/Instagram
Throughout their relationship, Kim was constantly under scrutiny. When he first started dating Yoo, he was criticised after his Balmain jumper – which was gifted to him by fans – was seen on Yoo in one of her Instagram photos. (She deleted the picture later.) Then after the two split, the public once again criticised Kim for hastily “abandoning” the girl who stood by him when he was still a rookie, reported KBIZoom.
Kim and Shin’s relationship was criticised at first
Kim Woo-bin and Shin Min-ah for Giordano. Photo: Giordano
After Korean entertainment news outlet Dispatch pointed out how close the two seemed during their Giordano ad together in early 2015, they confirmed that they were officially dating in July.
Because it was just a year after Kim’s break-up with Yoo, he received a lot of negative attention from the public. According to KBIZoom, the couple chose to keep silent about their relationship, which in turn lead many to believe the couple would soon break up, too.
Kim’s cancer diagnosis
Kim Woo-bin was diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Photo: @___kimwoobin/Instagram
In 2017, just after things seemed to have calmed down for the couple, Kim was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer. His agency Sidus HQ released a statement: “Thankfully, they said it’s not too late to receive treatment, so he has started radiation therapy and is taking medication.”
The Heirs star spent two years focusing on his health – and multiple news outlets reported that Shin stood by his side the entire time. Her tireless support for and dedication to her boyfriend quickly won the public’s affection. She even released an official statement through her agency, saying: “I am currently helping Kim Woo-bin get better while he is under treatment.” According to Korea Times, in January 2018, Kim “had finished three chemotherapy treatments and 35 radiation treatments”, and it had all gone well.
Shin didn’t work for two years
Shin Min-ah returned to the screen with Chief of Staff in 2019. Photo: JTBC
While Kim spent his days in and out of hospital, Shin also opted out of any projects for two years. She was last seen in Tomorrow with You (2017) and made her comeback opposite Lee Jung-jae in Chief of Staff (2019), after Kim regained his health. Most recently, of course, she was in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, which aired this year.
Despite this, as reported by KBIZoom, some fans were still upset and thought Shin could have become one of Korea’s top celebrities sooner if she hadn’t taken a sabbatical.
The split-up rumours
False rumours of Shin Min-ah and Kim Woo-bin’s break up have been circulating on the internet, but the couple are still going strong. Photo: Giordano
Recently, the couple faced another challenge. A story about Kim and Shin splitting up surfaced on QQ, a major social media network in China. After a plethora of angry fan emails, the network let go of the employee who fabricated the news – a Korean entertainment columnist for the network, reported Love K Pop 95.Internet Explorer Channel Network