Actor Kim Joo-hyuk
and actress Kim Ji-soo
have ended their six-year relationship.
Their split, first reported by a local sports daily Wednesday, was confirmed by their agency Namoo Actors, Thursday.
The daily quoted a source as saying: "They broke up three months ago. The separation has been barely known, even unknown to their agency. I don't know why they broke up. They are still going through hard times".
Yet, the relationship appears to have ended amicably. "They have decided to remain friends", said an official from their agency, declining to elaborate.
Both born in 1972, the two started their relationship in 2004 after appearing together in the SBS TV series "Flowing River".
The actress posted a note on her blog at the end of July, hinting at the breakup. In the posting, she said, "I have known that life does not turn out the way I wished. But human beings are the ones who get baffled and dejected when placed in such a situation, don't they?"
Both are award-winning actors. Debuting in 1992, Kim worked as a television actress for over a decade before branching out into film. In 2005, she made her first big screen appearance with a leading role in Lee Yoon-ki
's "This Charming Girl
", a character study of a twenty-something-year-old single woman working at a post office. The film was well-received by critics, and she won Best Actress at the Singapore International Film Festival. She starred in KBS TV drama "Women in the Sun"