Despite being one of the biggest stars in Korea, famous actress Choi Ji Woo’s personal life is not so smooth-sailing.
When it comes to the name Choi Ji Woo, early K-drama lovers will be immediately reminded of their youth. Born in 1975, the actress has starred in various hit series, especially melodramas like “Beautiful Days”, “Winter Sonata”, “Stairway to Heaven”, and many more.
However, contrary to her ever-flourishing career, Choi Ji Woo hasn’t striked much luck in the romance department. Even now, as she’s married to a husband 9 years younger, the actress still faces malicious rumors about her relationship.
A top star in Korea with a spectacular career
Actress Choi Ji Woo entered the entertainment industry in 1994, at the age of 19. 2 years later, she started to draw attention for a minor role in the 1996 drama “First Love”, where she boasted a gentle visual comparable to the white snow. Soon enough, Choi Ji Woo’s beauty earned her offers from various directors and producers, making her a prospective name in the industry.
In 2002, the actress’ name became known to the entire Asia through her sensational K-drama “Winter Sonata”. The work, which spearheaded the Hallyu wave, boosted Choi Ji Woo into an A-list artist, both in and outside of her home country.
Choi Ji Woo then cemented her position in the acting industry via the hit K-drama “Stairway to Heaven”, where she starred alongside actor Kwon Sang Woo. It was from henceforth that Choi Ji Woo became known as Korea’s “melodrama queen”, for she constantly played characters with chronic illnesses who lead extremely tragic lives. Even now, Choi Ji Woo remains undefeatable in this particular genre.
With the decline of melodrama in later years, Choi Ji Woo started to assume brighter projects. However, her successes were meager compared to earlier years. Still, the actress stays on her throne, and even now is a top-class actress, welcomed by various producers, brands, and magazines.
Regrettable love story with actors Song Seung Hun and Lee Jin Wook
“I am a lonely person”, Choi Ji Woo once disclosed in an interview years ago. Apparently, with her hectic schedules and the entertainment environment, the actress was unable to maintain her romantic relationships.
Early in her career, she used to date actor Song Seung Hun of “Autumn in My Heart” for 3 years. At the time, their names were largely unknown, with both having just entered the industry. Unfortunately, the couple decided to break things off in 1999, after 3 years of dating. At the time, they decided to pick their career over love,
When this news was first revealed, many audience members couldn’t help but express deep regrets, seeing that the couple looked absolutely perfect together. However, their separation was probably for the better, seeing their career flourished after that, and even now, they remains close friends.
Choi Ji Woo only announced her next relationship 9 years later, this time with her co-star in “Air City” – actor Lee Jin Wook. However, the revelation was drowned in criticisms, with the public thinking Choi Ji Woo was too big of a star, while the 6-year-younger Lee Jin Wook barely had anything to his name.
3 years later, and the couple went their separate ways again due to public pressure. The breakup apparently hurt Choi Ji Woo so much, she decided to never publicize her relationships again.
Her married life with a non-celebrity man, who is 9 years younger than her
Since breaking up with Lee Jin Wook, Choi Ji Woo had only focused on her career and no longer mentioned love relationships. Suddenly, in March 2018, Choi Ji Woo surprised the audience by announcing that she was married. The actress’s husband is the CEO of a phone application company, 9 years younger than Choi Ji Woo.
She never revealed her husband because she thought it might cause unnecessary biases to be formed against the company. The Winter Sonata actress also gave birth to her first daughter in May 2020.
Thought Choi Ji Woo had a happy life, her husband got into a scandal. In June 2021, her husband was exposed by former reporter Kim Yong Ho of having an affair, having a past of being an “escort boy,” and cheating on his wife. This shocked the public.
This former reporter revealed more shocking information that this person’s career is actually supported by Choi Ji Woo. The actress supported her husband with money to open an application business. She also bought a car for her husband. Moreover, Kim Yong Ho further revealed that his husband Choi Ji Woo cheated on his wife and even had an affair. He was caught driving the car his wife bought to a hotel with his mistress.
Garo Sero Institute then released a photo of Choi Ji Woo with actresses Han Ga In, Han Ye Seul, Go So Young, and Cha Ye Ryun. This channel said that these actresses were all served by escort boys. She is also said to have dated a man in Las Vegas, USA. In response to the series of rumors mentioned above, YG Entertainment confirmed that Choi Ji Woo is living a happy life, expressing hope that netizens will not continue to spread groundless information.
Recently, Choi Ji Woo was suspected of being a female star in her 40s, who was stabbed by her husband in front of the house with a knife. The incident happened on the morning of June 14 at Itaewon Ward, Yongsan District, Seoul. The actress was taken to the emergency room, and the husband was arrested on charges of murder. Many people believe that the age of Choi Ji Woo and her younger husband coincides with the information in the case.
Currently, the management company has not made an official statement, but Choi Ji Woo posted a photo showing flowers and gifts received from a brand, implicitly denying the rumors.
Unclarified rumors have seriously affected the reputation of the actress. The audience hopes that the actress is still really happy with her husband and first daughter.