Korean star couple Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin: How their love story unfolded

Congratulatory messages from fans are pouring in for Korean couple Hyun Bin, 39, and Son Ye-jin, 40, who starred in the hit drama “Crash Landing on You,” following their announcements on Feb. 10 that they are getting married in March in Seoul.

Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin pose for a photo (left) for "Crash Landing on You" and a kissing scene in the hit drama (tvN)

The announcements came a little over a year after they officially admitted that they were in a relationship.

Jan. 1, 2021 - Confirming their relationship

It was on New Year’s Day on Jan. 1, 2021 when Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin publicly announced that they were a couple.

This after Korean media outlet Dispatch ran an exclusive story and published photos of Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin together. The report stated that the two played golf in Gangwon province when they had the time.

After the story was published, the two stars admitted that they were in a relationship, saying their romance developed after “Crash Landing on You,” which aired from December 2019 to February 2020.

MS Team Entertainment, Son Ye-jin’s agency, said the two stars “have built a close relationship through work activities, and after the drama ended, they became interested in each other and developed into a romantic relationship.”

Hyun Bin’s agency, Vast Entertainment, also revealed their relationship, saying, “Actors Hyun Bin and Son Yejin met through work and after the drama ended, they developed into lovers with good feelings for each other.”

Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin kiss in "Crash Landing on You" (tvN)

Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin pose for a photo for "Crash Landing on You" (tvN)

For years, rumors circulated that they were in a relationship. Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin starred in the action film “The Negotiation,” which was released in South Korea in September 2018.

In January 2019, photos circulated online showing the two together in a supermarket in Los Angeles. Hyun Bin’s agency admitted they spent time together in the US but denied they were dating. Two more rumors came up that they were dating.

Son Ye-jin personally acknowledged her relationship with Hyun Bin on Jan. 1, 2021 after their agencies confirmed it.

“I’m thankful for being able to meet a good person and I will try to take care of it (relationship),” the actress wrote about Hyun Bin on Instagram.

“Why do I feel so embarrassed to appear before you with my personal story rather than work for the first time. Hmm...um...uh... Yes it is. Haha. Um... I don’t know what to say but I think I have to say something to you. It’s too awkward and weird,” she said about posting about their relationship.

She told fans, “The love and support you give me, I always keep it in my heart.. I hope there are more good things in the new year. Be healthy.”

7th APAN Star Awards - Hyun Bin thanks Son Ye-jin

On Jan. 23, 2021, Hyun Bin attended the 7th APAN Star Awards ceremony where he won the “daesang” or grand prize for “Crash Landing on You.”

It was his first public event since admitting that he was in a relationship with Son Ye-jin and in his speech, he mentioned her.

Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin in "Crash Landing on You" (tvN)

“I would like to thank Son Ye-jin’s Yoon Se-ri for being the best partner of Ri Jeong-hyeok. I was able to imbue Ri Jeong-hyeok and make him look great thanks to the character Yoon Se-ri that Son Ye-jin portrayed well,” Hyun Bin said.

He added, "Thank you. I'm happy to be able to start 2021 with such a big prize. Until now, ‘Crash Landing on You’ has received a lot of love. We are truly grateful to the fans who have watched ‘Crash Landing on You’ in Korea and around the world,” Hyun Bin said.

Son Ye-jin won the KT Seezn Star Award for “Crash Landing on You” but was unable to attend the ceremony. Instead, she thanked fans in a video message.

Hyun Bin buys penthouse

On Jan. 30, 2021, A Korean media outlet published a report that Hyun Bin bought 4.8 billion won ($4 million) penthouse fueling talks it was connected with marriage plans with Son Ye-jin.

The report said Hyun Bin purchased the high-end property in Achiul Village in Guri City, Gyeonggi Province in South Korea, which is adjacent to Seoul. It added that the village is famous for being the home of many entertainers and artists including actress Oh Yeon-seo and Park Jin-young.

According to the report, Hyun Bin’s home has an area of 242.45 sq. m. with a sale price of $4.3 million. He signed the contract on June 5, 2020 and the property was transferred under his name in January 2021.

Valentine’s Day ad

On Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, 2021, a telecommunications company in the Philippines unveiled an ad featuring Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin.

In the ad, Son Ye-jin tells Hyun Bin, “I do” when he asked her, “Do you believe this is possible?” regarding the company’s 5G service.

Last month, Korean media reported that a netizen posted that Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin went to Jeju Island in the summer of 2021

"Everyone, look! I got Hyun Bin's autograph. He even wrote my name at the top. I also got Son Ye-jin's autograph," said the netizen, according to SBS News.

She added, "I didn't get to see them in person, but they came to the B&B that my friend runs last summer. It was in July. Hyun Bin goes there pretty often. He brought Son Ye-jin with him then."

Feb. 10, 2022 - Wedding announcement and details

Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin both announced that they are getting married on Feb. 10 through Instagram.

The photos that accompanied Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin's wedding announcements (Instagram)

Here is Son Ye-jin’s announcement:

“I thought long and hard about how to share this story because it’s an important one. I found someone to spend the rest of my life with.

“Yes... it’s him. Boy meets girl, recognizes each other in the crowd, promises to build a future together...I couldn’t imagine! It happened so naturally...But, isn’t that destiny?

“Just being with him, I feel warm and protected. Please help us celebrate the beginning of our future.

“And to my dearest fans, I have received unconditional love and for a long time now, I thought, there’s no way to repay it. Please know that I’m infinitely grateful and I also wish you all happiness!”

On the other hand, Hyun Bin wrote, “I am writing this because I wanted to tell the fans, who cared about me and gave me great interest and love despite my lacking in many ways, first the most important decision of my life.”

He added, “I’m sure some of you can guess, right? Yes, I have made an important decision of marriage and step carefully in the second act of my life. I made a promise with her who always makes me smile. Let us walk through the days that lie ahead together.”

“Jeong-hyeok and Seri, who worked together in the drama, are going to take that step together. With the warm and affectionate gaze you have shown us so far, I believe you will cheer us on happily for our first step,” said Hyun Bin.

The agencies of Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin announced the details of their wedding.

“We would like to inform you about the wedding announcement of actress Son Ye-jin, which was released today,” said MS Team Entertainment.

It added, “The two, who have met with warm support and interest from many people, will hold the wedding in March in Seoul.”

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it said, the wedding will be a private event.

“As it is a difficult time for everyone due to the pandemic, according to the wishes of the two actors, they have decided to hold the event privately with parents and acquaintances from both families. We ask for your generous understanding of this,” it said.

The agency added, “We hope that you will send blessings and support to the future of the two who will be together in a special and precious beginning of their lives, and actress Son Ye-jin will do her best to show you a better image to repay your love for her.”