Lee Min Jung has returned to Korea from a long break in Paris amidst growing rumors surrounding the state of her marriage.
The actress had travelled alone to France on September 3 — a day after news of actor husband Lee Byung Hun’s blackmail scandal broke — to attend a friend’s wedding.
Sources close to the 32-year-old screen siren claim, “It would be a lie to say that she wasn’t affected by the incident.” Another explains that she wanted to avoid the public eye.
Having arrived back in Korea on Tuesday, September 16, she now has to face speculation that her marriage is in crisis.
Last week, one of the blackmailers who threatened to release a video of an intoxicated and flirtatious Lee Byung Hun claimed to have dated the 44-year-old actor for three months while he was married.
While the claim is still unvalidated, the Red 2 star shared a handwritten apology for his involvement in the scandal and addressed his wife saying, “I will for the rest of my life work to ensure no more disappointments are inflicted upon my wife and family, who have stood by my side whilst painfully suffering from an immense amount of unwanted attention because of me.”
To exacerbate the situation, Lee Min Jung’s decision to reside at her family home in Seoul and not at her marital home has drawn more attention over the future of their marriage.
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Today, September 18, Lee Min Jung completed a scheduled commercial shoot and returned to her parent’s house. A rep at her agency MS Team Entertainment tells IdolWow!, “She’s going to stay focused on work… But it’s not unusual for her to split her time between her family home and the house she shares with Lee Byung Hun.”