BoA and Joo Won dating: Did TVXQ's Yunho act as the matchmaker?

Reports on local Korean media say actor Joo Won and singer-actor BoA have been dating for more than a year.

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Joo Won and BoA are dating Instagram/zu.won_moon.jun.won

We have a new celebrity couple this year. According to the reports on local Korean media, actor Joo Won and singer-actor BoA have been dating for more than a year after meeting at a friend's gathering.

Joo Won's agency Huayi Brothers also confirmed the news. According to AllKpop, they released an official statement confirming Joo Won's relationship with BoA. "The length of their relationship is a personal matter, so we did not inquire about it separately," it said.

The couple was reportedly attracted to each other due to their mutual hobbies and interests. Joo Won, 29, and BoA, 30, both enjoy golf and mountain hiking. "What links them together are their similar hobbies and values. They both enjoy hiking and golf and felt attraction towards one another because of their healthy lifestyles. Joo Won and BoA are also said to have similar taste in music," a report on Soompi stated.

Meanwhile, there is a widespread speculation that TVXQ's Yunho might have match-made the couple. "BoA and Yunho are both under SM Entertainment and have been same-aged friends for over 10 years. When Yunho enlisted in the military last year, BoA visited him and even posted about it on her personal Instagram," Soompi opined.

In an interview with AllKPop, Joo Won also mentioned close friend Yunho, saying, "Yunho hyung gave me a call when he came out [of the military] for a vacation. He is the sangnamja (tough guy) style, and I remember before enlisting, he sent me a video of him getting his head shaved."

With this, Netizens have also confirmed the Yunho, who also shares a great rapport with Won, might have acted as the link between the two. Won is starring in the remake of "My Sassy Girl," which is slated to air in May while BoA is preparing to launch a new album in February.

Earlier this week, international singer-actor Rain and Korean actress Kim Tae Hee released a statement on their engagement and confirmed that the wedding bells are on the lines soon. Now, we have another Hallyu couple confirming their dating news.

This article was first published on January 18, 2017