Actress Jang Sin-yeong has applied for divorce after nearly three years of marriage.
Jang, 25, attributed her request to the wide gap in character with her husband. But press reports blamed the mounting debt of her businessman husband, identified only as Wi, 33, for the couple's breakup.
An acquaintance of Jang was quoted as saying, "Wi had been struggling with a lot of debt owing to business failures. They tried, in vain, to avoid divorce in consideration of their son".
Wi reportedly reached a final decision on divorce out of fear that his debt might affect Jang's acting career negatively.
Wi had been working for BOF (Boundaries of Forest), hallyu (Korean wave) star Bae Yong-joon's agency, as a marketing director before starting his own business dealing in baby items after marriage. But his business went from bad to worse amid snowballing debt.
The couple separated eight months ago and their three-year-old child will be in Jang's custody.
The actress, who filed a divorce petition with a Seoul district court on Monday, married Wi in November 2006.
She made her entertainment debut through a local beauty contest in 2001. Most recently, she starred in KBS drama "The Road Home".
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