Han Ye Seul and her series of memorable controversies: From leaving the filming set unannounced to a controversial private life
Her career suffers from many blows due to various scandals.
Early successes and controversies relating to the actress’ work ethics
Han Ye Seul was born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. She started her career in modeling after winning the “SBS Supermodel Contest” in 2001. As a model, Ye Seul is well-known for her beauty and height. Her round eyes and sharp features stood out from her photos.
In 2003, Han Ye Seul made her acting debut in the sitcom “Nonstop 4”. At the same time, she renounced her US citizenship to become a naturalized Korean citizen so that she could establish herself within the Korean showbiz.
In her early acting debut, Ye Seul was not welcomed with open arms as she was often disregarded to have little talent for acting and only suited to be an advertising model.
In 2006, her acting career took a major turn with “Couple or Trouble” and she rose to be one of the A-listers of the Korean entertainment industry. Her later works include “Tazza”, “Will it Snow for Christmas?” “Miss Gold Digger” and “Penny Pinchers.” Thanks to her performance on-screen, the actress received many prestigious awards such as the “Baeksang Arts Awards,” ‘Blue Dragon Film Awards” and “Grand Bell Awards.”
However, Ye Seul started getting embroiled in attitude controversies at the same time. In 2008, at the “Korean Film Awards” of the year, Ye Seul suddenly left when the name of an actress was announced for the “Best New Actress” category. Due to the mounting backlash, the actress had to issue an apology and said that she left early because she was tired.
In August 2011, Ye Seul caused another stir when she abandoned the crew of “Spy Myung Wol” to return to Los Angeles and criticized the working environment, stating it to be terrible and exploitative.
However, after two days, she returned with a supposed remorsed expression but stood by what she did. At the time, public opinion was divided. On the one hand, fans defended her, stating the filming crew seriously violated the Korean labor laws. On the other hand, people thought she was being too “high maintenance.”
In 2015, Han Ye Seul was caught in a financial controversy when she was discovered to have had illegal transactions and tax evasion behaviors. Later, her company took responsibility, stating that there was a fault in management.
Controversy related to a 10-year younger boyfriend
In May 2013, Han Ye Seul started going out with the famous producer Teddy Park, which ended in October 2016. In May 2021, Han Ye Seul suddenly announced she was dating theater actor Ryu Sung Jae, who was 10 years younger than her, on Instagram. Later, her boyfriend was rumored to be a male escort, to which Ye Seul denied.
However, when Dispatch carried out an investigation into Ye Seul’s boyfriend, they confirmed that the boyfriend was, indeed, an escort. He worked in an unlicensed karaoke and exchange relationships with women, including married ones, for income. Han Ye Seul wrote a letter to fans, telling her side of the situation on the recent scandals. This time around, the actress did not receive much sympathy from the public and, as a result, her reputation was tainted.
Nevertheless, the actress continued her relationship and the two are still together. The only change is that the actress has not updated anything on her social media since 2022.