Now that the initial shock is over, hopefully the heaviness of heart for many has eased a little. Perhaps it had been too much to be told all at once when it could have been revealed a little more gently. For those who had somehow known it by intuition, it would have been a final confirmation. And for those who had simply wished that he will find his happiness, it is a wish finally fulfilled.
I was looking through that Wstar media interview which I had translated recently and the signs were there actually. Sang Hyun had talked about his preparation for marriage, wanting to live a more meaningful and joyful life. Even then, it had struck me that perhaps that day would not be too far ahead.
The following passages from the media interview (my blog post on 26th Oct 2014)
Now that Sang Hyun has reached his 40s, he has been doing a lot of thinking. Of course he has concerns about acting but he has increased worries about how to live his life. Since he started hiking as a hobby, it has led him to think of how to live a better life. Climbing a mountain has changed his view of life and the idea is to live a meaningful life. There has been much mention of marriage around him and since he’s growing older, he has to also think of managing his home.
What about living alone? It seems he has a wish to get married.
I have been living alone for several years but I’m still not used to it. At this age, living apart by myself makes me feel at ease but still it would be better for me to live with family. I have thought about marriage. I am also making preparation for marriage, saving money and making provision for a house.
The kind of actor he would like to be and his ultimate goal
I want to be an actor who is consistent in acting well, to receive the respect of my juniors eventually and that my name as an actor will remain for a long time. My ultimate goal is to live a joyful life as I continue acting, not as the actor Yoon Sang Hyun but as Yoon Sang Hyun the person.