Couple Alert – Choi Ji Woo & Lee Jin Uk
Update: Choi Ji Woo spoke to Star News and confirmed that she is dating Lee Jin Uk. However, she said that despite being acquainted since two years ago, they didn’t begin dating until more recently.
It has just been revealed by SportsSeoul that Choi Ji Woo (33) and Lee Jin Uk (27) are in a relationship. The two met through filming Air City (2007), in which she was the female lead while he had a supporting role.
Despite their constantly busy schedules, they developed their relationship from friends to lovers over the past two years. A source close to them said that the two are compatible due to similarities in thought, lifestyle, and religious belief.
They were caught on camera on recent dates, which were generally held in a vehicle (assumably to avoid being seen). When they met for short periods of time, Lee usually visited Choi’s residential area in Samsung-dong.
Around noon on February 15, Lee Jin Uk drove his Porsche to Choi’s neighbourhood. The two met face-to-face briefly and exchanged gifts of chocolate.
On days when they had some more time (February 16 and 18), they spent time in parking lots. At 7 pm, Lee picked up Choi and brought her over to the parking lot of his villa in Samsung-dong. They remained in the car for about two hours and then went for dinner.
While filming their recent dramas (Choi’s A Star’s Lover and Lee’s City of Glass), they had little “dates” at SBS studios since their schedules were similar.
Choi Ji Woo and Lee Jin Uk have been so secretive about their relationship that even many people in their vicinities did not realize that they are dating. The two were very careful not to be caught. As her character did in A Star’s Lover, Choi often used disguises or articles of clothing to hide her features.
An insider close to Choi said that although the couple meets often, their meetings are short and often inconvenient (due to the need for secrecy). As a Hallyu star, Choi knows how susceptible her career is to scandals. Although they’ve been dating for some time, they’ve had to be very careful not to be caught by the media or the public. According to the same source, Lee attacted Choi with his warm and caring nature. From their meeting two years ago until now, he always has looked after her before taking care of himself. Despite being six years younger, Lee Jin Uk is very dependable. Reporters from Sports Seoul said that they also saw evidence of this – Lee always opened the door for her and didn’t let her carry anything.
However, the couple’s future is uncertain, as Lee must enlist in the army later this year. Another Choi insider said, “The couple has an unconditional, genuine love. However, with Lee Jin Uk’s upcoming military duty, it is difficult to predict the future of their relationship.”
Choi’s agency, Olive9, admitted to MoneyToday on the morning of the 19 that the Choi Ji Woo and Lee Jin Uk are in a relationship; however, she is apparently in no rush to settle down and they have not considered marriage.
KP’s note: We felt a little uncomfortable translating this article, as it seems like SportsSeoul was quite intrusive and sneaky. However – wow…. who could have guessed?