Heard of These Celebrity Exes (and Their Current Flames)?

You’ve all been there, right? Sometimes it just doesn’t work out in a relationship or marriage. Maybe the timing didn’t work, the chemistry started to fade, or circumstances changed. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of fish in the sea so remain hopeful in the name of L-O-V-E!

And remember, celebrities are no different from the rest of us. They’ve experienced their share of heartbreak, too! Find out how these famous exes have (or have not) moved on with their current flames.

Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young

While filming “City Hunter” in 2011, they started seeing each other but, alas, it was only for a few months. We think it’s for the better anyway as fans have been rooting for the Lee Min Ho-Park Shin Hye (from “Heirs”) and Ji Chang Wook-Park Min Young (from “Healer”) pairings!

Jo In Sung and Kim Min Hee

Jo In Sung (from “That Winter, The Wind Blows”) has ladies swooning over his suave looks and charisma, and things are well in the love department, too! In early 2013, his relationship with actress Kim Min Hee became public news, but it ended 18 months later. She actually has a history with pretty boys, having dated Lee Soo Hyuk (from “Valid Love” and “King of High School”) for two years. These days, the rumor mill is running strong about the “It’s Okay, That’s Love” couple of Jo In Sung-Gong Hyo Jin dating in real life. Fingers crossed!

Han Ji Hye and Lee Dong Gun

Word was always buzzing that these two were headed down the aisle. However, their fairytale romance suddenly crumbled with their highly publicized breakup in 2008 after four years together. In 2009, Lee Dong Gun (from “Marry Him If You Dare”) was seen moving on with actress Cha Ye Ryun (from “She’s So Lovable” and “Golden Rainbow”). Meanwhile, Han Ji Hye (from “The Legendary Witch” and “Beyond the Clouds”) got married in 2010.

Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai

What can go wrong with the joining of two Mandopop mega superstars? Everything. It all came crashing down in 2005 when Jolin found out that Jay (from “Pandamen Heroic Detective”) was “hanging out” with Patty Hou (from “Love Buffet”). The silver lining is that both have happily moved on. Jolin has been dating Singaporean model/actor Vivian Dawson for more than three years and Jay recently married model/actress Hannah Quinlivan (from “Ti Amo Chocolate”) a month ago.

Dingdong Dantes and Karylle Tatlonghari

Before the epic #DongYan relationship, which began after meeting on the set of the teleserye “Marimar” in 2007, Dingdong Dantes (from “Dyesebel”) was actually with Karylle Tatlonghari (from “The Kitchen Musical”) for three years. It’s been speculated that Marian Rivera (from “Amaya” and “Darna”) was the cause for the breakup. What do you think?

Ananda Everingham and Jane Janesuda Parnto

The handsome Australian-Laotian actor and beautiful Thai-English actress were a hot item long ago, but these days Ananda (from “The Library” and “Happy Birthday”) has been seeing on-again, off-again girlfriend, Donut Manasnan Panlertwongskul, over the past few years. Meanwhile, Jane (from “Opas the Series Season 2” and “I.C.U. Ghost of Fine Arts University”) is enjoying single life with her best girlfriends, including Paula Taylor from the “True Love Next Door” series!

Barbie Hsu and Blue Lan

These two had active, high-profile relationships before and after dating each other for four years. Blue Lan (from “Apple in Your Eye”) dated actresses Queenie Tai (from “The Way We Were”) and Jocelyn Wang (from “Easy Fortune Happy Life”) while Barbie Hsu was linked with actor/singer Vic Zhou. Happily-ever-afters came for both when they each finally settled down, him with actress Jade Chou and her with a Chinese entrepreneur.

Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson

Teenage love is so innocent and pure, which was the case for Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson (both from “Two of Us”) who dated from 2006 to 2010. The reason they broke up was a rumored relationship between Gerald and Bea Alonzo (from “Only You”), which Alonzo later admitted was a ‘fling.’ Well, we say forget Gerald and good luck with Xian Lim, Kim!

Yoon Kye Sang and Sung Yu Ri

It used to be unheard of for K-pop idols to openly admit romantic relationships. One exception to the rule was Yoon Kye Sang of g.o.d. (from “Beyond the Clouds,” “The Greatest Love” and “Triple”) and Sung Yu Ri of Fin.K.L (from “Feast of the Gods” and “Romance Town”), who started dating in 1999 for six years. Why did it end? His mandatory military enlistment. For lucky Yoon Kye Sang, he has found happiness again with the gorgeous Honey Lee (from “Shine or Go Crazy” and “Modern Farmer”) since February 2013.

Hyun Bin and Song Hye Kyo

Everyone could feel the on-screen chemistry between these “World’s Within” costars, and fans cheered when it turned into a real-life romance in 2009. Sadly, it barely lasted two years. We bet you didn’t know that before Lee Byung Hun (from “IRIS”) married Lee Min Jung (from “Cunning Single Lady” and “Smile, You”), he dated Song Hye Kyo in 2003 for about one year!

Which couple do you wish had stayed together, or secretly cheered when the relationship ended? Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion in the comments!

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If You Loved ‘Secret Love Affair,’ Don’t Miss This New Drama!

Kim Hee Ae and Yoo Ah In heated up the screen with their illicit romance in Secret Love Affair

As awkward as it was for a happily married woman to tell her husband that she is watching a drama called “Secret Love Affair,” it’s no secret that this drama was one of my favorites from 2014 and possibly all-time. The story follows Oh Hye Won (played by Kim Hee Ae), a woman in her 40s, who falls in love with Lee Seon Jae (played by Yoo Ah In), a piano prodigy in his 20s who is being mentored by her husband. But the fact that the screenwriter and director (Jung Sung Joo and Ahn Pan Seok), as well as Kim Hee Ae, won big at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards and the 3rd APAN Star Awards proves that I wasn’t the only one to think that this was one of the best nuanced, incredibly well-written and well-acted dramas.

If you’re like me and have felt that nothing else quite like it has been as worthy of watching lately, we’re in luck! The same writer-director team from “Secret Love Affair” has just come out with a new drama, “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” which just launched on February 23!

The posters for ‘Heard It Through the Grapevine’ (like above) have the same style/feel to Secret Love Affair

If the first two episodes of “Heard It Through the Grapevine” is a good indicator of the mood for this new drama, we are in for a treat! The drama is about a high school boy, Han In Sang (played by Lee Joon), who is under tremendous pressure from his politically connected, affluent parents to do well in school and succeed. But after making a “mistake” with his girlfriend, Seo Bom (played by Go Ah Sung), In Sang’s parents must try to figure out how to keep his bright future intact while trying to keep the family secret from getting out!

But unlike “Secret Love Affair,” where much of the intimacy between the older Kim Hee Ae and younger Yoo Ah In was off-camera, the hot make-out scenes between Lee Joon and Go Ah Sung in “Heard It Through the Grapevine” are very much on-screen and could teach a thing or two to other dramas of the “shocked, open-eyed, closed-mouthed kiss” variety. The young actors have great chemistry and aren’t afraid to show it — making their story line of getting carried away much more believable.

The hot make-out scene that went too far in Heard It Through the Grapevine

 Like “Secret Love Affair,” the cast of “Heard It Through the Grapevine” is top-notch. Although the drama deals with serious topics, the writing and acting are so good that you can’t help laugh or smile at unexpected moments as humor is expertly infused in the storyline. When In Sang first learns that Bom is pregnant with his baby the week before her due date, he swears to her parents that he will take responsibility and immediately takes her to meet his parents. That first-meeting scene at the beginning of Episode 2 is one of the most jaw-dropping, unexpectedly funny scenes you will ever see!

The parents (played by Yoo Ho Jung and Yoo Jun Sang) can’t believe what they are about to witness!

Be sure to favorite this great new drama and watch what is already looking like one of the best new dramas of the year! Let us know what you think of it after you see the first two episodes!

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Join Our ‘March Madness’ Seg & Sub-a-Thon & Win Prizes!

Volunteer and win all three of these awesome prizes (and more!)

Kick off “March Madness” by showing off your segmenting or subtitling prowess, and you can win an awesome prize! One segmenter and one subtitler will each receive a great gift pack that includes two signed posters from the popular dramas “Boarding House 24” and “Mr. Right Wanted,” a signed Godfrey Gao photo and more!

Want to join in on the fun? See the details below!


Seg & Sub-a-Thon Period: March 1-7, 2015 until 11:59pm UTC/GMT

How to Participate
  1. Register for the Seg & Sub-a-Thon by entering your Viki username in this form.
    • Users can register at any time during the sub-a-thon period.
    • You must be registered in order to be eligible to receive the prizes.
  2. Segment or subtitle as much as you can! 
  3. After March 7, winners will be contacted via PM.

Winners (2): The overall top segmenter and the overall top subtitler will each win the following prize pack:

  1. Check out our Viki U videos on How to Segment and How to Subtitle
  2. Find a video that needs your help through our Project Finder or the Project Board in Discussions and get started! 
Need some other suggestions for things to work on? Take a peek at these titles!
**Note: Popular movies or on-air TV shows are managed by volunteer Channel Teams, and only team members are allowed to subtitle those videos. If you want to join a team, just contact the Channel Manager!

Read our Subtitling FAQs to learn everything you need to know about subtitling. If you need assistance, please visit the Viki Help Center.

Good luck!

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Language-Learning Challenge: Love Confession One-Liners!

Throughout the past month, Viki’s “Month of Love,” we celebrated all things lovey-dovey and sweet by sharing our favorite confession scenes and how you would ask someone out in your mother language. Some of you also shared your favorite drama confession scene with us, and we must say, they were all super adorable!

So, with this month coming to a close, it’s time to test your language-learning knowledge of the best confession scenes mentioned throughout the month! One lucky person will win an awesome language-learning book* from our friends at Tuttle Publishing!

(*Users must answer the quiz between February 28 and March 8, 2015, to be eligible to win.)

The questions are a mix of both fan and staff picks, so feel free to take a look at our previous posts to refresh your memory. To prepare, here are the episodes we’ll be asking about. Pay special attention to the scenes that we point out!
  • “Coffee Prince” — Episode 10 (1:01:30 - 1:01:37)
  • “Love Myself or You” — Episode 12 (0:17:27 - 0:17:29)
  • “Kill Me, Heal Me” — Episode 1 (0:56:37 - 0:56:40)
  • “Boysitter” — Episode 10 (0:28:43 - 0:28:46)

Ready to go? Take the quiz below! There are four questions, so be sure to answer them all and hit “Submit”!

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5 Baby Name Suggestions for Birthday Boy Ji Sung!

February 27 marks the 38th birthday of Ji Sung, and fans couldn’t be more excited. But his birthday isn’t the only thing to celebrate; Ji Sung and his wife, actress Lee Bo Young, are expecting their first child in July. The couple has given the baby the nickname of Kwak Bo Be. Kwak coming from Ji Sung’s real family name, Bo coming from Bo Young, and Be coming from the word “baby.”

To help celebrate the newest addition to Ji Sung’s family, we’ve come up with five fun baby name suggestions based on the recent popular dramas that both Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young have acted in!

Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young dated for 7 years before getting married in 2013

Hye + Gi = Hye Gi

In the drama “I Hear Your Voice,” Lee Bo Young plays attorney Jang Hye Seong, and in his current drama “Kill Me, Heal Me,” Ji Sung plays a man with multiple personalities, one of whom is named Shin Se Gi. To Koreans, every name has meaning. In this case, Hye means intelligent woman and Gi means rising. If the baby is a girl, she will have the potential to do great things just by her name alone. 

Ji Sung displays his acting talents in ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’ by playing 7 different characters!

Jae + Hyuk = Jae Hyuk

Lee Bo Young played Kang Jae Mi in “Hooray for Love” and Ji Sung played Min Hyuk in “Secret.” Jae means wealthy and Hyuk means radiant, so this little nugget can possibly be a shining star like his parents. 

Ji + Young = Ji Young 

Not only will this name combine two drama characters’ names, but also the parents’ names. Ji Sung played Cha Ji Heon in “Protect the Boss” and Mok Ji Sang in “The Great Seer” while Bo Young played Lee Seo Young in “My Daughter Seo Young.” With this name, Ji means wisdom and Young means valiant (possessing or showing courage or determination). The baby will be both smart and brave. 

Ji Sung plays rebellious future company chairman Cha Ji Heon in ‘Protect the Boss

Min + Sung = Min Sung 

Taking the first part of the name from dad’s drama “Secret” and the second part from mom’s drama “I Hear Your Voice,” Min means people and Sung means victorious. We may have a future president on our hands with a name like that! 

Ji Sung first acted alongside Hwang Jung Eum in the 2013 drama Secret
Na + Hyun = Na Hyun 

Taken from “Kill Me, Heal Me,” where Ji Sung plays a 17-year-old twin named Yo Na, and “God’s Gift — 14 Days,” where Lee Bo Young plays Kim Soo Hyun, Na means beautiful and Hyun means radiant. So the combination will ensure that the new baby “shines beautifully”!

We wish Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young the warmest congratulations on their new baby and Ji Sung the happiest of birthdays. Do you have any baby name suggestions based on the soon-to-be parents’ dramas? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

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Never Miss a New Episode Again — Introducing Viki’s New On Air Calendar!

Keep track of all your favorite shows with Vikis handy new On Air Calendar!

What Is the On Air Calendar?

Do you ever get confused trying to remember when new episodes of your favorite shows are airing? Look no further than Vikis new On Air Calendar! It will only display shows that are currently airing in their home country and are being simulcast on Viki. The date and time is dependent on the user’s local time settings, so if you change the date and time settings on your device, the app’s On Air Calendar will update accordingly. The calendar can be found on the Viki homepage and on our mobile app.

From the homepage, click the “Global TV” drop-down menu to find the On Air Calendar.

Here you can find the release dates of the newest episodes of all on-air shows. 

The On Air Calendar also is available on the Android app. For more information, check out the What Is On Air Calendar? FAQ and stay tuned for the iOS release. What do you think of this new feature? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Vote for Best ‘2015 Super Star’ Backstage Fashion & Win!

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! For all those who celebrated last week, we hope you were able to relax and spend time with family and friends while ringing in the Year of the Goat! If you’re still in the mood to celebrate (we know that we are!), then don’t miss the “2015 Super Star: A Red & White Lunar New Year Special”!

With a host of stars in attendance, including Infinite, Cross Gene, Dream Girls, George Hu and many more, it’s a given that all of their stage outfits were going to be incredible. So we have to ask, who do you think had the best backstage fashion? Let us know and you could receive your very own “2015 Super Star” gifts, straight from the show!

Not sure who to choose? Take a peek at these EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes videos from this year’s special!

Cross Gene


George Hu and Jam Hsiao 

Puff Guo, Bii and Amber An 

Big Four


Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win “2015 Super Star” items!

How to Enter: Cast your vote in the ballot below.

Voting Period: February 24 to February 27, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) (winners will notified after February 27)

Good luck!