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Sooyoung, 23, and Jung Kyung Ho, 30, Confirm Relationship

January 3, 2014 at 10:00 am EDT

Sooyoung, left, at a fashion event in Seoul on October 30, 2013. Right, Jung Kyung Ho at a Nobbys launch event in the Beyond Museum, Seoul, on October 30, 2013. Credit: Yi Seon Hwa/Dispatch Images, Optics/Dispatch Images

Sooyoung, left, at a fashion event in Seoul on October 30, 2013. Right, Jung Kyung Ho at a Nobbys launch event in the Beyond Museum, Seoul, on October 30, 2013.
Credit: Yi Seon Hwa/Dispatch Images, Optics/Dispatch Images

Sooyoung got a boy! The Girls Generation has been secretly dating actor Jung Kyung Ho for over a year, their reps confirm to IdolWow!

The couple -- who have previously denied rumours of being an item -- have been dating since September 20, after meeting through Chung Ang University's Department of Drama and Cinema.

And despite the seven-year age difference (she's 23, he's 30), sources close to the couple say they are "seriously in love".

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A rep for Smile You actor Jung confirmed the news, saying: "They are dating. Their friendship developed into a relationship last year."

"They are devout Christians and are colleagues at Chung Ang University’s Department of Drama and Cinema. The two become close after having a lot in common.

“Jung Kyung Ho didn't reveal the relationship out of consideration for young Sooyoung. We hope that everyone will look at them kindly as they date."

Sooyoung's rep adds: "They were close colleagues before becoming close last year."

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Today, photos of the couple enjoying a romantic date on Christmas day were shared via Korea's Sports Seoul outlet. Their agencies released official statements following the paparazzi pictures.

Jung Kyung Ho met Sooyoung after he was discharged from two years of military service in September of 2012.

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