Park Shin-hye — the actress most notably known for her breakthrough roles in the dramas Stairway to Heaven andThe Heirs — is expecting her first child with actor Choi Tae-joon.
Both agencies of Shin-hye’s and Tae-joon’s — SALT Entertainment and Santa Claus Entertainment—made the announcement about her pregnancy on Tuesday, November 23.
It was also revealed they are currently preparing for their wedding set on January 22, 2022, in Seoul.
The couple announced the new milestones in their lives through letters published in their fan cafés.
“I’m very nervous to be sharing this news today, and on one hand, I’m worried that you might be very surprised by this sudden news. But I still wanted to tell all of you first,” part of Shin-hye’s letter said, as translated by Korean entertainment site Soompi.
“I am getting married with the person I have been in a relationship with for a long time. He has been a source of support for a long time and embraced all of the shortcomings of the person Park Shin-Hye, and I would like to begin a life as a married couple with him,” she added.
She went on: “And though I am cautious to say this as it is very early on, I was blessed with a baby. I wanted to tell you before anyone else. I will show you a positive side after I start a family as well.
“Thank you for supporting my lacking self with your love. It will take some time, but I will work hard to return as a great actress soon so that you don’t have to wait too long. Please stay healthy until then, and I will close my letter here,” she continued.
Meanwhile, Tae-joon wrote: “With a trembling heart, I am writing this post to share some news that I would like you to know first before anyone else. I’ve exchanged various emotions with and maintained a meaningful relationship with someone for a long time.”
“She is like a savior to me who taught me without words to smile brightly when I’m happy and to cry out loud when I’m sad. Now, we would like to make our marriage vows and let this love that I’m grateful for bear fruit,” he added.
Shin-hye is arguably one of the most popular South Korean actresses, having appeared in successful films and dramas throughout the years.
Meanwhile, Tae-joon has also done a number of films and TV dramas — with So I Married the Anti-fan being his latest.
Shin-hye and Tae-joon started dating in 2017 and confirmed their relationship in 2018.