SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean actor Bae Yong-joon, also known as “Yon-sama” to his Japanese fans, has ended his romantic relationship with his lover from a chaebol family, his management agency said Tuesday.
The 42-year-old actor has been dating Koo So-hee, second daughter of Koo Ja-kyun, CEO of LS Industrial Systems affiliated with the large conglomerate LG Group, since late 2013.
“It’s true that they broke up,” Keyeast Co. said. “But we don’t know when and why they separated.”
The news of Bae’s romantic relationship with the 28-year-old woman has drawn more attention in Japan than in South Korea because he has a larger following in Japan.
Bae, who gained huge popularity across Asia for his role in the hit 2002 drama series “Winter Sonata,” is ranked among the richest local entertainers, as he is the major shareholder his entertainment company, Keyeast. He last appeared on the small screen for his leading role in the South Korean TV series “Taewangsashingi” (“The Four Guardian Gods of the King”) in 2007.
The actor previously dated South Korean female movie director Lee Sa-gang. The couple broke up in 2004.