Kwon Sang-woo, Son Tae-young to Tie the Knot

The actor couple Kwon Sang-woo and Son Tae-young are getting married on Sept. 28. "I thought she was a good person with an innocent heart after I saw a program on TV where she wept while talking about her past," Kwon said in a press conference in Seoul on Friday. "I was introduced to her by an acquaintance, and we started dating shortly afterward."

The romance was recently made public by a sports newspaper. Kwon said he swore his love for her in a hot-air balloon in Australia, where he gave her a necklace. "She is the biggest energy of my life. She makes me laugh, and makes me have hope," he said.

Kwon Sang-woo (left) and Son Tae-yong Kwon Sang-woo (left) and Son Tae-yong

The Internet was abuzz with the news. Son, who entered the entertainment business after coming third in the 2000 Miss Korea pageant, has been known for dating a string of men. They included composer Joo Young-hoon, actors Shin Hyun-jun and Yoon Tae-young, singer Tim and music video director Cool K.

Some Internet users cast doubt on her sincerity after she said on a recent TV program she did not think she could date again since she still smarts from past relationships. Others congratulated the couple, saying their love is all that matters and expressing hope they will live together happily.

Some Internet users speculate Son might be pregnant. Kwon told reporters he would do his best to answer their questions and offered details on the proposal, their dating and the reaction of their families. But when asked if Son was pregnant, he was silent.

That only fueled the rumors. Entertainment insiders say there must be a very persuasive reason why the couple decided to marry now. Son is incommunicado.

Japanese sports newspapers Nikkan Sports and Sponichi Saturday's edition gave prominent coverage to news of the impending wedding. The Sponichi offered a detailed account of Kwon's press conference and their romance. "Kwon repeatedly said how happy he is about their marriage, and it seemed as if he were reading lines from Korean soap operas," the daily said.

The press event confirmed Kwon's status as one of the leading figures of the Korean Wave as it drew reporters from numerous outlets including Japan's Kyodo news agency.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 21, 2008 09:23 KST