Lee Min Ho is currently in a happy relationship with K-Pop girl group miss A member Suzy. However, this did not stop fans to vote for him and his "The Legend of the Blue Sea" co-star Jun Ji Hyun as Spottoon Best Couple at the 12th Annual Soompi Awards.
The winners of the annual survey with 29 categories were announced on March 2, Thursday, by Soompi. With Fuse and ZANYBROS as partners, the United States-based online news provider specializing in Korean pop culture received almost 100 million votes from hallyu fans from 139 countries across the globe from Dec. 19, 2016 to Jan. 16.
"The Legend of the Blue Sea" stars were chosen over nine other couples in the Spottoon Best Couple category. The other couples were Gong Hyo Jin and Jo Jung Suk, Han Hyo Joo and Lee Jong Suk, IU and Lee Joon Gi, Ji Chang Wook and Yoona, Kim Yoo Jung and Park Bo Gum, Bo Gum and Hyeri, Park Shin Hye and Kim Rae Won, Seo Hyun Jin and Eric Mun and "Descendants of the Sun" stars Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki.
Created by Park Young Soo, "The Legend of the Blue Sea" was written by Park Ji Eun and directed by Jin Hyuk and Park Seon Ho. The SBS series, which aired from Nov. 16, 2016 to Jan, 25, also featured music by Ryo Yoshimata.
The SBS series was inspired by a classic Joseon legend from the first collection of unofficial historical tales of Korea. It was about a fisherman who captured and kidnapped a mermaid.
In "The Legend of the Blue Sea," Min Ho played Kim Dam Ryeong, the son of a Joseon noble family. On the other hand, Jun played a mermaid Dam Ryeong named Se Hwa.
A week before the announcement of the 12th Annual Soompi Awards winners, Min Ho donated around $44,000 to child abuse victims. He raised the amount from Jan. 16 to Jan. 26 with the help of his fans and his donation platform Promiz, which they organized, Korea Herald has learned.