Celebrity couple Ma Dong Seok and Ye Jung Hwa have been a public couple for a long time. They first announced their relationship in 2016, which was met with much backlash. Back then, Ye Jung Hwa was active as a fitness trainer who often appeared on broadcast thanks to her visuals. Ma Dong Seok was already famous as an actor, even gaining the nickname Ma-vely (Ma Dong Seok and “lovely”) from fans.
Although Ma Dong Seok already announced his plans to marry Ye Jung Hwa previously in 2019, fans were taken by surprise when it was announced that the two had already registered for marriage in 2021. During his acceptance speech on October 20, 2022, at the 12th Beautiful Arts Awards ceremony, he thanked Ye Jung Hwa, referring to her as his wife.
Thank you for inviting me to such a great event — I’m so happy and thankful. Thank you for giving me such a deep and meaningful award even though I’m still lacking as both a producer and an actor. I will accept this with care, taking it as a form of encouragement. I will repay you with better energy and more enjoyable, refreshing action movies. Thank you to my colleagues in The Roundup and to my beloved wife, Ye Jung Hwa.
— Ma Dong Seok
After the shocking speech, Ma Dong Seok’s agency announced that it was true. In a statement to the press, they acknowledged the two’s marital ties.
That’s right. They registered their marriage last year and are currently a married couple. They will hold a ceremony later due to their busy lives.
— Big Punch Entertainment
Congratulations to the happy couple!