On February 10, T-ARA member Jiyeon shocked all of her fans by announcing her exciting marriage news to the public through her Instagram page.
The girl group member shared a thoughtfully written letter addressed to her fans and followers, updating them on her life. Jiyeon revealed that she was currently in a relationship with someone she met through an acquaintance and “promised to get married” to him. Along with a series of adorable photos of herself and her soon-to-be husband, the veteran idol shared the news.
Hello, it’s Jiyeon.
I have something that I wanted to tell my fans directly, so I gathered up my courage to write this for you all. I debuted when I was in my teens, but somehow, I am already in my 30’s. Even after I debuted in my teens, when I was still young and afraid of everything, even when I wanted to give up everything during the difficult times in my 20’s, you all always extended out your hands and held me.
Thank you for supporting me through the long tunnels so that I may be where I am today.
I wanted to be the ones who told all my fans, who believed and supported someone like me. I didn’t want my fans to find out through the words or writings of others.
I have a boyfriend whom I met last year through an acquaintance and met with good feelings. In the upcoming winter, I promised to get married to my boyfriend, who is like my life’s gift. He aways puts me first, cherishes me, and shows me what happiness is.
He held me firm and offered his shoulder so I could lean on him during times when I was feeling unstable. I will live a happy and pretty life with my boyfriend.
I am worried that you will be surprised by such sudden news, but I am also nervous writing these words down as I share such happiness with you all.
I will repay the love and support that I have received from my fans by continuously working hard and showing you my best.
Thank you so much and I love you all.
— T-ARA’s Jiyeon @jiyeon2__/Instagram
Jiyeon’s boyfriend has been confirmed to be professional baseball player Hwang Jae Gyun, who currently plays as an infielder for the KT Wiz. The 34-year-old athlete has an impressive history with the sport, having previously played for the Lotte Giants, Nexen Heroes, and the MLB team—the San Francisco Giants.
Jiyeon, who made her debut back in 2009 with T-ARA at the young age of just 16-years-old (international age), has been favored by the public ever since her humble beginnings. With her stunning actress-like visuals and noteworthy singing abilities, it was no surprise to see why she was widely loved by the nation.
As she grew up in front of everyone’s eyes, going from a young teenager to a mature woman close to her 30’s (international age), everyone couldn’t help but be excited for the T-ARA member and her sudden marriage announcement.
Congratulations to Jiyeon and Hwang Jae Gyun on their upcoming marriage!