On September 13, media outlet World Today reported, "According to industry insiders, actress Kim Min Hee and Hong Sang Soo have decided to part ways following the news of Kim Min Hee's comeback to the movie world." One acquaintance of the scandalous couple stated, "Director Hong is currently preparing to film a movie in America. At least until two months ago, he and Kim Min Hee were exchanging phone calls."
The acquaintance added, "However, they've suggested they've become estranged, deciding to separate for Kim Min Hee's future. What you know of the two so far is not true. They were not lovers, but they were two film people who shared a friendship. They did not have a secret marriage or an extramarital affair. Kim Min Hee looked after Director Hong, who had left his home, and they simply became friends. They were not in a romantic relationship."
Kim Min Hee and Hong Sang Soo were previously rumored to have married in the state of Utah, America. Another rumor is saying the actress and director parted ways "in tears" for their respective careers. Though Kim Min Hee was said to have been cast in the director's upcoming film, it's reported he's now decided to cast a different actress.
When an acquaintance questioned him about his relationship with Kim Min Hee, Hong Sang Soo reportedly responded, "It's in the past now."