Korean celebrities usually keep their relationships on the down-low to avoid any backlash from the conservative Korean public, but in the past 24 hours, FOUR new K-pop couples have been outed.
When it rains, it pours!
Actors, Jung Kyung Ho and Kim Woo Bin, both announced that they had girlfriends today (one's dating a model, the other's dating a civilian), while girl group superstars, T-ara's Soyeon and f(x)'s Sulli, were busted on dates with their celebrity boyfriends.
Soyeon's been in a secret relationship with Oh Jong Hyuk --a former member of the popular early-2000s boy band, Click B-- for three years now. The couple's respective agencies were happy to confirm the relationship to the media, and it's likely that it was purposely leaked in the first place to promote T-ara's upcoming new single, "Number 9."
Sulli's relationship, on the other hand, is much more scandalous. The 20-year-old star was photographed holding hands with 34-year-old rapper Choiza, who's a member of the popular underground hip-hop act, Dynamic Duo. Unlike the actors who willingly announced their relationships, or Soyeon who probably intentionally leaked her story for media play purposes, Sulli's seems to be a classic case of being caught doing something that's supposed to be a secret. She's already had a few scandals this year, from swearing in Chinese to being accused of having a bad attitude, so the last thing she needs right now is to be linked to a rapper 14 years older than she is.
SM Entertainment was quick to respond to the photos, stating that Sulli and Choiza are just close friends with a brother sister relationship, but nobody's buying it. First of all, they were walking around holding hands, and secondly, a picture is floating around that was reportedly taken the night before in which Sulli is wearing the same clothes.
If Choiza and Sulli really are dating, SM Entertainment should probably just come clean. After all, Girl's Day's Hyeri managed to get through her dating scandal with H.O.T.'s Tony An, and they had a 16-year age gap.
Soyeon with Oh Jong Hyuk
Sulli dining with Choiza
Sulli holding hands with Choiza
[Via Netizen Buzz]