Businesswoman Jeon Cheong-jo (27), who is 15 years younger than Nam Hyun-hee (42), the former national fencer, opened up about the rumors surrounding her marriage.
In an interview with Sports Chosun published on the 24th, Jeon said, “This kind of reaction was naturally expected when I decided to do the interview (with the previous women’s magazine).”
“I thought I would be a target anyway,” he said.
Earlier, Nam Hyun-hee and Jeon revealed their wedding plans in a companion interview with WJSN published the day before.
Mr. Jeon was only introduced as “a third-generation chaebol who was born and raised in the United States and a businessman who works in arts education and IT,” leading to many questions about him.
Rumors have since spread online that Mr. Jeon is actually a woman, has a history of fraud, and was born in Incheon, not the United States. 바카라사이트
In response, Nam Hyun-hee posted on Instagram that day, “We will take strong action if falsehoods are spread due to false, malicious, or misleading posts.”
In an interview, Jeon said, “I saw comments such as ‘I’m a fraud,’ ‘I’m a woman, not a man,’ and ‘I’m fine. I’m not worried because time will tell,” she said.
“But I really don’t want my loved ones and family to get hurt,” he said, adding, “I’m not a public figure and anything said about me is defamation.
I will take legal action,” he warned.
“I will respond to all malicious comments strongly and to the end,” he said, adding, “Hyunhee and Hai (Nam Hyunhee’s daughter) are more important to me than anyone else, and I have to protect them.
I will do everything in my power to protect them,” he said.
“I started horseback riding in Korea at the age of 14 and traveled back and forth between Korea and the United States.
I rode until I was 19, when an injury that tore the cartilage in my knee ended my career.
At the age of 20, I started my own business as a boarding house, and since then, I have run a manners training center and worked for a global IT company.
I’m still learning as I go.”
However, he was reluctant to reveal his background as a third-generation chaebol.
“I’m cautious because there are business reasons and a lot of people involved,” he said, “but I plan to announce it at the end of December before the wedding.”
Nam Hyun Hee said of her groom-to-be, “He’s young, but he already has everything. I jokingly say that he’s like a third life,” she said, adding, “He knows everything about IT, and he’s very informative.
I’ve fallen in love with him, but I’ll say it again: he knows how to move people.”
When Nam Hyun-hee announced his intention to remarry Jeon, who is 15 years his junior, his mother burst into tears.
“My mom told me to just go to the U.S. She said, ‘I don’t want my daughter to be in the media,’ and she was crying, but I didn’t know what to do,” Nam recalls.
“I was like, ‘Mother,’ and I was hugging her and soothing her and getting down on my knees and saying, ‘Please let me meet her.
I love you so much,’ and I fell in love with that kind of manliness.
He’s a sincere person.”
The two have a fencing academy business together.
“We are planning to utilize two floors of a building owned by Mr. Jeon, one floor for Nam Hyun-hee Fencing Academy and one floor for International Fencing Academy to teach students who are preparing to study in the United States,” Nam explained.
Jeon said he personally purchased brand-name T-shirts and sneakers for the fencing club’s leaders to wear on the field, and even paid their salaries.
Nam married former national cycling champion Gong Hyo-seok in 2011 and they have a daughter together, but they divorced in August after 12 years.
Nam Hyun-hee and her daughter live together in Signiel, an expensive home where Jeon used to live alone.