|So Ji-sub, left, and Cho Eun-jung / Courtesy of 51k|
By Kwak Yeon-soo
Actor So Ji-sub is now a married man.
The 43-year-old actor has officially tied the knot with Cho Eun-jung, a former television announcer, in a small ceremony.
According to So's agency, 51k, the couple held a private wedding recently with only family members attending and registered their marriage on April 7.
The newlywed couple will donate 50 million won ($40,900) to local charity Good Neighbors to "help people fight through this difficult time," referring to the nationwide effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
So and Cho will also provide tablet PCs and smart devices to help underprivileged children with their online learning.
"Today, I have started a new beginning with my life partner. I'm afraid that everyone is very surprised by this news. However, this is one of the most important decisions in my life that took me so long to make," So wrote on Instagram.
"I'm careful because I think it's not a perfect time to announce my marriage, but I'd like to say that I will always live thankfully, and I will try my best to be a better actor. Thank you as always."
The couple first sparked dating rumors in May last year after they were photographed together. The two admitted they'd been dating for a year.
The two first met while Cho was working as a reporter on an entertainment news program and interviewed So for the film "Be With You," which premiered in March 2018.
So has played lead roles in multiple TV dramas, including "I'm Sorry, I Love You," "Something Happened in Bali," "Master's Sun" and several films, including "Rough Cut" and "The Battleship Island." He is poised to appear in director Choi Dong-hoon's upcoming film "Alien."
Cho, 26, debuted as an announcer on a game channel in 2014.
She was dubbed "L.O.L (League of Legends) goddess" because of her immense popularity with the competitors and spectators. However, she abruptly retired from show business in 2019 after ending her contract with her management agency. She graduated from Seoul Arts High School and Ewha Womans University.