It’s been 6 years since their love story was public, but Kim Woo Bin and Shin Min Ah still make fans flutter with their fairytale-like relationship.
A challenging start
Instead of keeping his dating life a secret, Kim Woo Bin declared his relationship with model Yoo Ji Ahn from the beginning of his acting career. Woo Bin and Ji Ahn, however, announced their split a little over a year after going public. Woo Bin had recently risen to popularity owing to The Heirs at the moment, and the public continuously criticized the actor for hastily ‘abandoning’ the girl who was with him when he was not successful.
Woo Bin received more hate from the public when more than a year later, in July 2015, the actor suddenly announced that he was dating Shin Min Ah, who was 5 years older than him. Shin Min Ah was also subjected to a torrent of criticism from the audience. Despite the critics and critiques of netizens, the couple opted to keep silent.
Min Ah and Woo Bin practically never spoke about each other in public. It was also exceedingly unusual for the couple to openly support each other. Many people thought at the time that the two would shortly break up.
The public outpouring of fury was thought to be over, and Woo Bin and Min Ah would have fulfilling work and love life until another storm blew in. Kim Woo Bin was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in May 2017, at the peak of his career. The actor was obliged to take time off from work in order to receive treatment. For more than 2 years that Kim Woo Bin focused on healing is more than 2 years Shin Min Ah stood side by side with her boyfriend to fight disease.
Shin Min Ah did not receive new projects from 2017 to 2019 and nearly “disappeared” from the entertainment industry to wholeheartedly take care of her boyfriend. According to JoongAng Ilbo, Kim Woo Bin had to go through four rounds of chemotherapy and 35 rounds of radiation, and Shin Min Ah remained by his side every time Woo Bin went to the hospital for treatment. This choice by the actress drew praise and admiration from netizens.
Shin Min Ah was a name that was sought after by numerous manufacturers and companies at the time. With both exceptional skill and attractiveness, the audience feels that if Min Ah had not chosen to stay by Woo Bin’s side from 2017 to 2019, she would have broken through to become one of top K-Biz’s actors, with the same fame and status as Jeon Ji Hyun or Song Hye Kyo now.
Shin Min Ah’s career looked to take a back seat when she agreed to join Kim Woo Bin in his struggle against disease.
Sunshine after the rain
Holding hands to ride out the storm, Kim Woo Bin announced at the end of 2019 that the disease was under control. Shin Min Ah and Kim Woo Bin had both returned to artistic activities by mid-2020. Shin Min Ah announced her comeback with the horror film “Diva,” while Kim Woo Bin confirmed his participation in “Alien.”
And, of course, there are no longer any critics or objections to the couple. The actress’s sacrifice shattered allcare for previous myths and misunderstandings regarding Min Ah and Woo Bin’s love story.
In the near future, Woo Bin and Min Ah will participate in the first joint film project called Our Blues. However, instead of being a couple like in real life, in Our Blues, Min Ah and Woo Bin will create 2 different couples. Fans of both are eagerly waiting for this collaboration.
Hopefully, the couple will be able to have a perfect wedding soon.