South Korean soccer star Park Ji-sung is dating SBS TV announcer Kim Min-ji, Kim’s mother told a local media outlet Wednesday, effectively confirming a rumor that has mushroomed online since the day before.
“I’ve recently heard from my daughter that she is dating Park,” the announcer’s mother Oh Myeong-hee told Yonhap News Agency. She said the two are “very cautious” about dating rumors, but did not elaborate.
Park’s agency said he will host a press conference at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, where he will discuss his future career and also address the issue.
The rumor that the former national football team captain and Kim are in a romantic relationship started when a local tabloid ran a story about the supposed couple on Tuesday. According to the report, the two went on a date Tuesday evening by the Hangang River in Seoul.
The paper also published photos of them walking hand-in-hand and getting intimate.
This is the second time in less than a week that the 32-year-old Park has been embroiled in a dating rumor. Last Friday, another rumor alleged that Park might be marrying actress Kim Sa-rang.
Kim Sa-rang’s agency officially denied the rumors and said she has not met Park since 2011, when the two shot a TV commercial together.