6 Things You Might Not Know About IRL “The Glory” Couple Lim Ji Yeon And Lee Do Hyun

Their romance may be new, but there’s plenty to know about the couple.

The news of The Glory actress Lim Ji Yeon and actor Lee Do Hyun forming a romance from filming surprised everyone. Viewers of the K-Drama even shared funny reactions to congratulate them.

Lim Ji Yeon

Since the couple’s romance is new, here are six things you might not have known about Lim Ji Yeon and Lee Do Hyun.

Lee Do Hyun

1. Netizens discovered they were dating before Dispatch released its report.

A month before Dispatch announced that Lim Ji Yeon and Lee Do Hyun were dating, a post on a Korean forum hinted at their relationship.

The post was titled, “Who is Lee Do Hyun’s girlfriend? The comments say L.J.Y.,” which revealed the initials of who the actor was dating. K-netizens immediately questioned if the woman was Lim Ji Yeon.

2. They didn’t hide their relationship from “The Glory” actors and staff.

K-netizens weren’t the only ones with detective skills to discover that Lee Do Hyun and Lim Ji Yeon were dating, especially when noticing a familiar thing that couples do.

Although the stars didn’t announce their relationship to everyone working on the set of The Glory, the actors and staff pieced it together from Lee Do Hyun and Lim Ji Yeon’s matching items.

They didn’t make it obvious that they were in a relationship. However, they did secretly create that atmosphere by sharing some couple items.

— Drama Official A

3. Lee Do Hyun broke up with his ex-girlfriend over his acting career.

Lee Do Hyun takes his acting so seriously that he once did the unexpected. During an interview with Esquire magazine, he admitted to breaking up with a girlfriend so he could use the emotions for an acting role.

Once, I even broke up with my girlfriend because of acting. My role in the performance was a character who carried the pain of missing a woman he loved. So, I broke up with her in order to be able to act [out those emotions]. I really don’t know why I did that back then…

— Lee Do Hyun

Although Lee Do Hyun said the role “ended up being a failure,” he learned from the experience.

I think I was about twenty-one or twenty-two. Of course, my girlfriend didn’t understand and asked if I was crazy. But, acting came first for me [back] then.

— Lee Do Hyun

4. Lim Ji Yeon’s ex-boyfriend ended up getting a happy ending.

Lim Ji Yeon’s past love life also came to light after the couple’s dating news. For six months in 2018, the actress dated chairman Lee Wook, the founder of the non-profit organization W-Foundation. The chairman soon found another person to heal his heart.

Lim Ji Yeon and Lee Wook.

A year later, solo singer Ben confirmed she was dating Lee Wook. After a little over a year, the couple got married in 2020.

Lee Wook and Ben. | @mignonben/Instagram

On February 1 of 2023, the couple even welcomed their first baby together.


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5. Lee Do Hyun and Lim Ji Yeon manifested each other with their ideal types.

Although Lee Do Hyun wasn’t too focused on appearance for his ideal type, he did draw a picture of a woman with long hair during his appearance on a Taiwanese show. He then described someone who was beautiful without makeup, remained relaxed, and dressed casually. It seemed quite similar to Lim Ji Yeon.

I don’t think I care too much about what she looks like… I’m more into someone who’s carefree and chill. Someone who likes to wear sweats. I don’t mind if she doesn’t wear makeup. For me, I think people look more beautiful without makeup.

— Lee Do Hyun

| @limjjy2/Instagram

When Lim Ji Yeon appeared on the show Son Hyun Joo’s Little Station, she also shared an ideal type that seemed similar to her new boyfriend Lee Do Hyun. She described someone who was kind and made her feel comfortable. For appearance, she preferred a toned body and tall height.

In a man, I look for… Someone tall and well-built. Someone kind-natured. And I’d like it if we could share a drink or two together, too.

— Lim Ji Yeon

| @ldh_sky/Instagram

6. Lim Ji Yeon and Lee Do Hyun’s birth names have a connection with each other.

While Lim Ji Yeon debuted as an actor using her birth name, eagle-eyed netizens realized that Lee Do Hyun’s birth name created an unexpected connection between the couple.

| @limjjy2/Instagram

Lee Do Hyun was born as Lim Dong Hyun, sharing a last name with Lim Ji Yeon.

| Yuehua Entertainment

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