Han Hye-jin, Ki Sung-yueng to Wed This Summer

Han Hye-jin (left) and Ki Sung-yueng Han Hye-jin (left) and Ki Sung-yueng

Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng will wed actress Han Hye-jin, eight years his senior, in July, just months after they went public with their relationship in March.

Han's management agency said on Friday that they decided to tie the knot in July in consideration of their work schedules, dispelling rumors of a shotgun wedding due to the sudden nature of the announcement. "The relatively short dating period had no bearing on their decision to tie the knot," the agency said.

As Ki has a few more games to play before this season's English Premier League wraps up, specific wedding plans have not yet been decided.

The two first met at a charity football event hosted by the JS Park Foundation in Vietnam in 2011. Han was invited to help promote the event due to her huge popularity in the Southeast Asian country. They met again last August when Ki appeared on SBS talk show "Healing Camp," which Han co-hosts. "If I had a girlfriend like Han, I'd marry her instantly," Ki said on the show at the time. They kept in touch and later started dating.

Their relationship came to the fore when a news website spotted them together after Korea played Qatar in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup on March 26.The following day, Ki admitted he was dating Han. "I wanted to be open about our relationship, but I've been waiting for the right time to make an announcement," he tweeted.

Ki has missed Swansea's last two games as he picked up a thigh injury at the end of April. He will return to U.K. to prepare for next season after the wedding ceremony, while Han, who is currently working on her new film, is contemplating whether to maintain her career in Korea.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 13, 2013 10:09 KST