Photo: Screenshot from the 2020 SBS Drama Awards

Actor Namkoong Min piqued the curiosity of viewers when he mentioned girlfriend Jin Areum during his acceptance speech for the Grand Prize at the 2020 SBS Drama Awards. 


The 2020 SBS Drama Awards were held on December 31 at the SBS Prism Tower in Sangam-dong, Seoul. Namkoong Min beat out fellow actors Han Suk Kyu, Kim Hye Soo, and Kim So Yeon to win the Grand Prize. 


“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started thinking about the people who are always on my side. My mom wasn’t doing well this year health-wise, so I hope she stays healthy from now on. I want to be an even better son in the future,” said Namkoong Min with his trophy in hand. 


He then went on to thank his older brother and girlfriend Jin Areum by saying, “Thank you for being by my side. I love you.”

Photo: Jin Areum’s Instagram @jin_areum

Jin Areum, who made her debut as a model in 2008, became better known to the public in 2010 after she made an appearance on the second season of Project Runway Korea. She then went on to star in a number of movies, such as Troubleshooter, How to Use Guys with Secret Tips, The Royal Tailor, and Planck Constant.


The couple met in the summer of 2015 as director and leading actress when Namkoong Min directed the short film, Light My Fire. The two actors, who have an 11-year age difference, went public with their relationship in the following year.