|Won Bin, Lee Na-young (The Korea Herald)|
The agency of South Korean movie stars Won Bin and Lee Na-young on Wednesday confirmed reports that the two stars are an item.
The admission came just hours after a local tabloid published photos of the stars on a date.
“The two (Won and Lee) are just starting their relationship,” Eden9 Entertainment said in a statement. “They recently grew fond of each other after frequently bumping into one another while working at the same agency.”
Eden9 CEO Kim Nam-kyung had previously denied the reports that his two biggest stars were in a romantic relationship, claiming that he could “conclusively say” that Won and Lee are like siblings and are not dating.
Earlier in the day, online media Dispatch reported that the 36-year-old actor was seeing Lee, two years his junior. In the report, a series of photos show Won entering Lee’s apartment at least eight times over the past month. Dispatch said Won left Lee’s apartment the next day on most of their dates.
The online news media, citing an unnamed source close to the actors, said the two grew close via mutual friends after Lee joined Eden9 Entertainment in 2011. The couple reportedly started dating last August.
Won, whose real name is Kim Do-jin, rose to stardom after appearing in the drama “Autumn Fairy Tale” and gained national fame after appearing in blockbuster movies such as “Taegeukgi: Brotherhood Of War” and “The Man From Nowhere.”
Lee also built up her career on both big and small screens. She appeared in a number of dramas including “The Fugitive: Plan B” and “Ruler of Your Own World,” while also starring in films such as “Someone Special” and “Maundy Thursday.”
By Yoon Min-sik