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The messiest breakup in K-Entertainment: Koo Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun’s divorce

One of the biggest breakups in K-Entertainment

In 2019, the news of Ahn Jae-hyun filing for divorce from Koo Hye-sun made waves and turned the K-Entertainment world upside down. The once loving couple had a dispute that became very public. What happened, and where are Koo Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun now?

Who is Koo Hye-sun?

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Koo Hye-sun is a South Korean actress, singer-songwriter and director. She is also known for her art in writing and drawing.

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Koo Hye-sun’s early life

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Koo Hye-sun was born on 9 November 1984 in Incheon, South Korea. She first gained popularity just for her looks, and was known as a famous “ulzzang” in South Korean internet circles. To be an “ulzzang” means to be celebrated for having a good-looking face.

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Entering showbiz

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Thanks to her fame as an “ulzzang”, Koo Hye-sun was granted the opportunity of being a trainee under SM Entertainment and later switched agencies till finally settling down in YG Entertainment.

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Supposed to debut in a girl group

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Originally supposed to debut in a 3-member girl group, with Sandara Park and Park Bom, Koo Hye-sun was instead advised to switch to acting. She then starred in a commercial film and made another foray into acting in KBS’ ‘Anagram’. This production paved the way for acting stardom for Koo Hye-sun!

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Koo Hye-sun’s biggest works

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Koo Hye-sun is best known for her acting work over anything and especially for her appearances in ‘Pure in Heart’, ‘Boys Over Flowers’ and ‘Blood’. It was in the latter, ‘Blood’, where she met her future husband Ahn Jae-hyun.

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Who is Ahn Jae-hyun?

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Ahn Jae-hyun is a South Korean model and actor.

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Ahn Jae-hyun’s early life

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Ahn Jae-hyun began his career in the entertainment business by working as a model in 2009. However, the fashion model doubled down as an actor from 2011 by appearing in music videos and cameo appearances in TV dramas.

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Ahn Jae-hyun’s big acting break: ‘My Love from the Star’

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Ahn Jae-hyun had his first big break in acting when he played Cheon Yoon-jae in one of SBS’ most iconic romance comedies ‘My Love from the Star’! His performance was so well-received that Ahn Jae-hyun began to pursue acting more and more. He was offered many acting roles after ‘My Love from the Star’.

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Climbing up the acting ladder and meeting Koo Hye-sun

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After four years of starring in minor and cameo parts, Ahn Jae-hyun would finally gain his first lead role in ‘Blood’. The drama was not only important on a professional level. It was at the set of ‘Blood’ where he met his future wife Koo Hye-sun. They played a couple on the screen and would transition into a real-life couple soon after.

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Marriage after a year of courtship

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In May 2016, a year after meeting and working together on ‘Blood’, Ahn Jae-hyun and Koo Hye-sun made the big step and officially registered their marriage.

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Unusual way of celebrating their wedding!

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From Korea Times, the couple’s marriage was not celebrated with a wedding reception but instead commemorated with a generous donation to the paediatric division in Yonsei University’s Severance Hospital. The couple’s move touched many hearts in Korea and earned the newlyweds huge praise from Korean media!

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Life of one of Korea’s most celebrated couples broadcast on-screen

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With the star power of Koo Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun combined, many eyes would naturally be on their marriage. The stars took this hype to the next level and capitalised on it by starring in their own reality TV show ‘Newlywed Diary’! That way, their married life was broadcast directly to the public.

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Success of Koo Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun’s Newlywed Diary

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‘Newlywed Diary’ was a 2017 reality TV show by TvN. It followed the newlywed lives of Koo Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun in the rural Inje County of South Korea. The show was a great hit on South Korean television. It was praised for showing a realistic yet heart-warming side of married celebrity life.

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Trouble in paradise… after three years of marriage

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Even though Koo Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun were deemed by many as a loving and perfect couple, there was trouble in paradise. In August 2019, Koo Hye-sun suddenly posted on Instagram that Ahn Jae-hyun was requesting a divorce from her.

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