For the first time in more than 20 years, Taiwanese Actress Barbie Hsu has reunited with her newly wedded husband Koo Jun-Yup.
The South Korean DJ was spotted by the Taiwanese media with their eagle eyes (or zoom-in cameras), leaving his quarantine hotel around midnight on Sunday (20 Mar).
Just going to go out on a limb here and say that some paparazzi stalking was done, because he was reported stepping into a taxi with another man in a white shirt before the vehicle was seen driving into Hsu’s mansion, which was 2 kilometres away from the hotel.
The Sudden Marriage That Shocked the Media
The story of their reunion was even more surprising.
Allegedly, the pair had dated secretly for a year in 1999 before breaking up.
They had not seen each other again until after Hsu’s divorce with her ex-husband and businessman Wang Xiaofei in November 2021.
In Chinese webnovels, there’s a genre called “broken mirror joining together” (破镜重圆) which means “for a separate couple to reconcile and reunite”, and it seems like art really does imitate life.
Or is it the other way around?
Filing for Marriage in Both Countries
They have already registered their marriage in South Korea, with Hsu tendering the relevant documents in Taiwan and sending them to Koo.
They are planning to officialise their marriage in Taiwan as well, but that will probably only happen after Koo finishes his mandatory quarantine.
Koo was first seen flying into Taiwan on March 9, where he spent the first ten days self-isolating in a hotel. He still has another seven days of quarantine to go, under Taiwan’s COVID-19 health management protocol, which will be taking place at Hsu’s mansion.
When Hsu’s manager was bombarded—or so I assume, because this story is quite spicy even for the entertainment circles—with questions about the couple, the manager declined to comment on what they did after they met for the first time in person after so many years.
I don’t blame them for their curiosity; this sudden reconciliation is seriously what novels are made out of.
Glimpses into Koo’s Life in Quarantine
In contrast to Hsu’s silence, Koo has shown what his life has been like as he’s stuck in self-isolation.
Snippets of his daily life could be seen: an open laptop, his musical instruments, a Chinese-language textbook tucked in the periphery, which suggests that he’s brushing up on his Mandarin so that he’s more well-adapted to communicating with his Hsu’s family.
Considering how Taiwan is still using traditional Chinese characters, I’m just going to say good luck.
Besides that, Koo also posted a video on social media, promoting his new younger sister-in-law’s new album.
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Before branching into their own entertainment careers, the Hsu sisters used to be part of a pop duo called ASOS, with Barbie Hsu known as Big S, and Dee Hsu as Little S.
Dee Hsu seems to have accepted her new older brother-in-law, and greatly appreciates his free promotion, because she posted a video of herself dancing on Sunday morning to celebrate the end of his mandatory self-isolation.
Honestly, this is a rather adorable story.
Here’s to hoping that the newly wedded couple will spend the rest of their years together happily.
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