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What has Kim Yun-joong been up to after 'Boys over Flowers'? Here are the dirty details of an ugly lawsuit with his ex.

What happened to Kim Hyun-joong from ‘Boys over Flowers’?

For many K-drama fans, their gateway series into the world of K-dramas tends to be Boys Over Flowers. Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, Boys Over Flowers follows a poor scholarship student at an elite high school Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun), who catches the attention of the rich group of young men known as F4. Love, comedy, and drama follow.

Boys Over Flowers was huge in South Korea during its release and remains a pretty beloved series ten years after its release. It also launched the careers of the show’s actors into the stratosphere. One of those stars? Kim Hyun-joong, who played Geum Jan-di’s crush & the grandson of the former president of South Korea. Along with the other leads, this role launched his career in a pretty big way.

In the years since Boys Over Flowers ended, Kim Hyun-joong has been through a lot. From a music career to military service to relationship drama, Hyun-joong hasn’t been sitting idle since Boys Over Flowers. Here’s what you need to know about Hyun-joong’s life post-Boys Over Flowers

Singing & acting career

Before Boys Over Flowers, Kim Hyun-joong kicked off his career as a member of the K-pop boy band, SS501. Though he went on to become a cherished actor, his passion for music never left him. 

After snagging himself another acting role in Playful Kiss, Kim Hyun-joong started focusing on his career as a solo artist. In 2011, Kim released a solo debut EP album titled Break Down. His EP ended up being a best-seller and he went on to release a second album Lucky in the same year.

Kim went on a short tour of Japan, performing his music in seven cities. A music machine, Kim won the award for Best Male Artist that year and blessed his fans with another digital single called “Marry Me”. 

Following this dynamite year, Kim soared to the top of the charts with single albums like “Kiss Kiss / Lucky Guy”, “Heat”, “Break Down”, & “Hot Sun”. Meanwhile, Kim starred in many other K-dramas like Barefooted Friends & Inspiring Generation.

Military service

In 2015, Kim Hyung-joong was swept away to enlist in South Korea’s mandatory military service. Over a hundred fans gathered to say goodbye to Kim as he entered the 30th division for training.

Kim went through five weeks of training at Gyeonggi-do 30th Recruit Training Squadron before he was stationed as a border patrol in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. After twenty-one months, Kim was discharged from service in the military. Upon release Kim said:

“I feel like I’m starting the second half of my life. I still have a lot of worries and fear. However, I felt many things, learned how to overcome, and thought a lot while I was in the army. I hope people will trust me more and watch over me.”

The saga of Kim Hyun-joong and “Choi”

While Hyun-joong’s career continued to flourish, his personal life descended into chaos. In 2014, Kim’s ex-girlfriend, known only as Choi, filed assault charges against him. She claimed in the case that he repeatedly beat her, which led to bruises and broken ribs. Kim Hyun-joong, however, said that he only injured her once when practicing martial arts. 

It initially ended with Kim Hyun-joong being fined 5 million KRW (Korean Republic won) for injuring Choi. Prosecutors elaborated on this, saying “While Kim claimed that he had no intention of hurting her, the damage from the attack was clear.” Kim apologized for the charges and acknowledged his responsibility for inflicting mental & physical damage.

However, in Feb 2015, it was reported that Kim Hyun-joong and Choi had reunited and were expecting their first child together. He, however, denied the claims of the reunion, saying that he hadn’t seen Choi since she told him of her pregnancy in January of that year. He wasn’t even sure he was the father. She gave birth to the baby in September 2015 and a paternity test proved he was the father.


In May 2015, Choi filed a lawsuit against Kim Hyun-joong for mental distress caused by her relationship with him. She claimed that the abuse she suffered caused her to miscarry a previous pregnancy in 2014. He filed a countersuit for 100 million KRW for defamation. The courts ruled in his favor saying that there was circumstantial evidence that she was lying about her 2014 pregnancy.

Following this, in 2016, the Korean courts reversed the previous assault charge. New evidence had come to light about Choi’s claims which included text messages between Choi, her mother, and her friends along with the director of the tabloid that Choi had given her evidence. 

In Jan. 2017, prosecutors filed charges against Choi for defamation and attempted fraud. In 2018, she was fined 5 million KRW for the attempted fraud charge. Since then, things have been quiet on the front of this court battle.

In light of all this legal drama, it’s important to separate truth from slander. Many avid fans ardently defend Kim Hyun-joong, insisting that Choi took advantage of Hyun-joong. Is there any truth to Choi’s accusations, or is she just an intense example of a “crazy ex”? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments. 

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  • It is a shame that all that is remembered about Kim Hyun Joon g is his private life. It is clear to me he was set up out of jealousy by his ex girl friend. His driving drunk charge is understandible with these circumstances. They were trying to ruin him. But Kim having a strong heart and following. I myself just found him on Netflix and have been a fan ever since. I think he is the most handsome talented actor singer dancer composer I have ever seen. His music is mesmerizing. His acting superb. His dancing is wonderful. I wish he would make more movies and dramas
    . Also more dancing videos and a albums. I wish the powers that be would recognize his great talent instead of focusing on his private life. He also served his country honorably in the military. He is wonderful. Just look at his fan base before the slander. I hope and wish he would come to the USA. Do some concerts and Hollywood would lo’ve him.💙

    October 16, 2020
    • Totally agree. He is an amazing singer and songwriter.
      Worldwide fans and followers

      Last nights concert was brilliant.
      We have a fan base in Australia too

      October 18, 2020
    • I totally agree with you. I watched him first on We Got Married and they called him 4D then coz he has his own world but actually, he is very smart and witty too. I have followed him and Hwang Bo since then. Try to watch him on old episodes of Strong Heart and Barefoot Friends.

      October 19, 2020
  • Thanks sally i support you what you said . Some people want to ruin his life .they just saying his negative things but he has lots of positve side as well .bad luck he choose a monster women who bitten him badly .and also i want to ask the reporter who made this eassy are you good person look at yourself Ist before showing fingers to others .

    October 17, 2020
  • Why write about the past?

    He has had to rebuild his career after all the bad press and scandals. He had a baby with his ex. Well she wasn’t the ex when she fell pregnant. We don’t take that as scandal. It’s life. What she did was wrong. It takes two to make a baby (usually). Drink driving when under stress is explainable. It was once. Get over it media. We don’t care.

    Let’s talk about what Kim Hyun-joong has done and done well.
    The Bio-Rythm concert was magnificent. Thousands of fans flocked to see that performance.
    Covid 2020 performances stopped and so did drama productions. No travel overseas.
    He always acknowledges his fans when in public, with a smile, wave and a nod. But not appearing in public means, no interaction with his fans.
    So Kim Hyung-Joong decided to communicate with his fans on Facebook and Instagram. He does videos weekly so fans can comment and interact via social media. He gives to his fans and they/we love him for it. We know the real person, and not the media stories.
    He is a kind, caring and gorgeous gentleman and always.
    The Bell of Blessing performance last night was fantastic. The whole Production was a directed by Kim Hyun-Joong. The words and music we’re all created by him. The live interview was set up so 200 fans could interact on the big screen with their Star. It was streamed worldwide for all of us to enjoy, and it was brilliant.
    Media cannot dampen the success this concert was. You can’t take away the fan base he has. We unite to support him always.

    We will always love our Kim Hyun-Joong

    Henecia Australia Oceania fans

    October 17, 2020
  • Kim Hyun Joong has done at lot since leaving the Military Service.

    He has a huge fan base and he communicates with his fans weekly. Last Nights Performance was proof he is popular. Not just Korea and Japan. Now he has a worldwide fan list.

    The past has only made him stronger and wiser. He is an amazingly talented singer and songwriter and noew a director of his own shows.

    The world loves KIM HYUN JOON

    October 18, 2020
  • Caz Dee-Jay
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    Kim Hyun Joong has done at lot since leaving the Military Service.

    The past has only made him stronger and wiser. He is an amazingly talented singer and songwriter and noew a director of his own shows.

    He has a huge fan base and he communicates with his fans weekly. Last Nights Performance was proof he is popular. Not just Korea and Japan. Now he has a worldwide fan list.

    The world loves KIM HYUN JOON
    October 18, 2020

    October 18, 2020
  • The past has only made him stronger and wiser.

    His singing and songwriting is brilliant.

    He will get back to his previous stardom very soon. His fans will make sure of it.

    October 18, 2020
  • His singing and songwriting is brilliant. The past has only made him stronger and wiser.
    He will get back to his previous stardom very soon. His fans will make sure of it.

    October 18, 2020
  • It’s a shame that something that happened in his past, and has been proven “false” by 3 separate Courts of Law in Korea has to be exploited again! 😡
    How about if we talk about what a wonderful person Kim Hyun Joong has shown us that he is! Besides his incredible musical talents, he has also proven to be an outstanding actor for the Kdramas. Khj is very Kind, Considerate, Generous, Humble and ultimately a truly Nice guy!
    I am one of his many fans who wishes him only the best in his future. I hope that he will find whatever makes him the “happiest” in his life! Love you forever KHJ! Fighting! 💞💗💕

    October 20, 2020
  • Он доказал в суде, что не виновен ее осудили за мошенничество и обман и не только оштрафовали ,а дали условный срок !!!!Он и его семья более 5 лет жили в травле ,когда вся Корея его ненавидела. Его растоптали и заклеймили не дав даже возможности оправдаться!!!! И даже после решения суда никто перед ним не извинился , за то что с ним сделали . Общество и СМИ не хотят признавать то что просто травили его ради рейтингов и забавы ,со слов обиженной женщины не имея юридических доказательств!!!! И великое счастье, что он настолько сильный человек ,который любит жизнь, не совершил самоубийство как большинство звезд Азии . Он идет вперед всем завистникам на зло. Доказывает что рожден быть звездой, сиять , дарить радость и любовь и никто не сможет отнять этого у него!!!!. Его последний альбом это просто ,что то фантастическое ,каждая песня хороша по своему в них вложено столько смысла, любви .Его голос такой чарующий дающий надежду, успокоение ,веру. Он идет своим путем не под кого не прогибаясь имея собственное мнение , за что его и не любят в корейском обществе. Он пример того как человек должен идти вперед к своей мечте не смотря ни на что, его любят и восхищаются во всем мире!!!! С любовью из России.

    October 21, 2020
  • I hope KHJ finds joy and peace in his private life. His public life is what he shares with us and his immense talent singing, dancing, acting, song writing…….I’m just amazed. I’ve watched many of his live concerts on line and he has wonderful stage presence. He knows how to interact with fans from the stage, and it can be seen he loves being there, loves his work and appreciates his followers, and they love him back.
    The pandemic has caused entertainers to stop stage appearances in many countries since February 2020 so I’m glad KHJ has shared his life with us on Utube, with Joong Everyday. He is a loving “daddy” to Matic and Art and even towed Matic on a long distance bike ride. So it’s evident he is a loving and kind person.

    October 22, 2020
  • I watched KHJ online concert too and I felt it was amazing, authentic and captivating. I personally like the live show with KHJ being interviewed, commenting on his songs, like the song guessing games and he got 99% correct, like his sincerity communicating with fans, he has no airs, down-to earth, presentable, professional, looking good as ever, witty and intelligent replies, like his guitar strumming and the way he held the instrument, like his double sided earings, will support his interest going into mire rick music, looking forward to him sharing with us his promise to meet his fan where ever the person is residing, sharing with us his trip to the North Pole, looking forward to his acting again in dramas, missed his dancing and acting, hope he can get good scripts for drama to act, hope to see him model for consumer and marketing products and finally, I hope to meet him somewhere in this world, sometime during my lifetime and sooner will be good!!

    October 28, 2020
  • I really hope this mess does not affect him more than it already has,I will always be rooting for you oppa

    November 6, 2020
  • Everyone makes mistakes. The wise are not the person who never make mistakes, but those who forgive themselves and learned from the mistakes.
    Let’s LET GO of his negative past and SUPPORT his present efforts and positive altitudes.

    November 6, 2020
  • No matter what happens – in the end – he will come back stronger than ever with a whole list of new songs from his soul to share with his fans and the world. You can not keep a good man down, he will rise up higher than ever.

    November 11, 2020
  • As a fan hyun joong, I wish you the best lol, be strong ,is life there will be always negative people to destroy you,lol,walk tall with your head up,with a smile ,you will be okay ,I enjoy your music,you are talented ,dancing your moves,and your voice .I like dancing but your move ,super and your Immaculate face,lol,be strong,I wish I can see you life,I am in south Africa in Johannesburg I will attend your concert one day,wish you the best lol.

    November 13, 2020
  • The supreme court in Korea fined her the maximum penalty for fraud and defamation of character yesterday so this article requires updating.

    Henecia UK fan 🇬🇧

    November 13, 2020
  • Hey Kim still following you still wishing you the BEST! Remember the BEST I S YET TO COME!can’t wait to see it!❤COLEMAN

    November 15, 2020

    November 15, 2020
  • It seems to me like this is vindictive ex-girlfriend not liking to be dumped. 🤷‍♀️ I just can’t believe her since she went and had sex with him after crying abuse by him 😏 not buying it. 😉 What leaves me more perplexed is 🧐 why would he have sex with her after getting his reputation destroyed by her ? 😳 I believe that is his biggest mistake. 🤷‍♀️ God bless him 🙌 I hope 🤞 he can recover from this.

    November 19, 2020
  • Nothing done will ruin his fame that I believe. Live more, stay strong KIM HYUN JOONG!!!

    November 23, 2020
  • Kim Hyun-joong ,you gorgeous😍,you talented,you brilliant!
    Don’t let anything get you down.
    I believe in you .
    Prayers and love always
    Your SouthAfrican fan

    November 25, 2020
  • After watching Boys over Flowers I have become a fan of Kim Hyun joong . I was intrigued by his voice so I researched other songs he produced and even if I can’t understand Korean I certainly enjoyed listening to him. I hope he continues to write and perform his music for a long time.

    December 17, 2020
  • Everybody make mistakes once in life sometimes, so why can’t his be forgiven . No one is perfect we faults.

    December 19, 2020
  • I’m looking forward to your next drama. I think you’re a handsome actor with lots of talent. And I would enjoy seeing you in more dramas and movies. And I hope your singing career continues to flourish. But as an American who doesn’t speak Korean or Japanese I would love to hear more of your songs in English. Especially the song unbreakable. I know that maybe asking for too much. I wish nothing but the best for you and your future.

    December 28, 2020
  • Let us and Kim Hyun move on from the negative drama of the past. He needs to time to heal emotionally from that bad experience. Now we need to show Kim Hyun Joong our love and support.

    He is a wonderful actor, singer and composer. He so talented in so many ways. His online A Bell Of Blessing concert was so so wonderful. I love watching Everyday Joong and his music videos on his YouTube channel. He looks like a man who is fun loving and enjoys life.

    To Lora Hadley, Kim Hyun Joong does have a couple of songs he sings in English. So What on his New Way cdI think and Oasis on his A Bell of Blessing cd. On his YouTube channel kimhyunjoong606 he has a Everyday Joong Merry Christmas video where he sings Last Christmas in English. Otherwise, I think listening to his Korean or Japanese songs are very romantic. I love the language!

    January 5, 2021

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