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Singer Harisu to Get Married in May

2007/02/22 | 774 views | Permalink | Source

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

Transgender singer Harisu will tie the knot with her four-year younger boyfriend Mickey Jung in May.

"I was so worried that my boyfriend's parents would not allow us to get married, but I'm so grateful that they have accepted me as a daughter-in-law", Harisu was quoted as saying to Yonhap News Agency.

Harisu said she is now happy as she can live a "complete" life as a woman.

She was born Lee Kyung-yup in 1975, but went through gender reassignment surgery in Japan in 1998. After she started modeling in Korea in 2001, she adopted the name Harisu.

She has also been fighting the discrimination and prejudice leveled against her by the conservative Korean society. In 2002, the Inchon District Court gave Harisu legally recognition as a female. She changed her name to Lee Kyung-eun.

She met her boyfriend Mickey Jung, whose real name is Jung Yong-jin, 26, in 2003. Jung worked as a rapper on her albums and their relationship as a couple developed.

They have openly said they plan to adopt a baby to form a family.

"I once asked my boyfriend about how we could have a baby, and he suggested without any hesitation adopting a baby, which meant a lot to me", Harisu said.

The wedding will take place at Central City Millennium Hall in Panpo, southern Seoul on May 19. Harisu will hold a fan meeting tomorrow to inform them about her wedding plans and to share her joy with her fans.

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