Budding romance: Jung Kyung-ho and Sooyoung. – AFP photos
News of the singer seeing actor Jung Kyung-ho follows the confirmation of YoonA and Lee Seung-gi being in a relationship.
JUST about two days after Girls’ Generation’s YoonA confirmed that she has been dating TV personality Lee Seung-gi for the past few months, her fellow member Sooyoung revealed her own relationship with actor Jung Kyung-ho.
Sooyoung’s agency SM Entertainment confirmed to a local media outlet today that the girl group member and Jung, who had been close friends since 2012, have dated since last year.
Rumours of the two dating have previously surfaced in the local media, one time in February and the other in October, but they denied the rumours both times.
Sooyoung, 23, made her debut in 2007 as a member of Girls’ Generation, also known as SNSD, which has become one of today’s most popular K-pop groups at home and abroad.
Jung, 30, rose to prominence after starring in the 2004 KBS drama series I’m Sorry, I Love You, in which he played an emotionally vulnerable actor. He recently starred in comedy film Fasten Your Seatbelt, which is prominent actor Ha Jung-woo’s directorial debut.
Jung is the son of Jung Eul-young, one of the most influential TV drama directors in South Korea.
On Wednesday, both the agencies of South Korean heart-throb Lee Seung-gi and YoonA confirmed rumours that the two were dating after local online news media Dispatch released several photos of YoonA getting into Lee’s car on a number of occasions since October.
The singers-actors have reportedly been dating in secret since September, reported The Korea Herald. “Lee Seung-gi and YoonA’s feelings for each other are mutual and they are dating,” stated a representative from Lee’s agency Hook Entertainment. “We understand that their relationship has just started. The two have been taking things slowly, so please congratulate them.”
“The two are in the beginning stages of getting to know each other,” added an official at SM Entertainment.
While on a date in early October, Lee was photographed picking up YoonA at her home immediately after he returned from a concert in Japan. They would take drives along the Han River and around Mount Nam, it was reported. On their drive dates, Lee, 26, would pick up YoonA, 23, at her apartment and later send her home, usually before 1am, it was reported. It was convenient as the two live close to each other with their respective families.
The pair has been hailed as Korean showbiz’s first golden couple since singer Rain hooked up with actress Kim Tae-hee.
Lee, known for his 2009 drama Brilliant Legacy, is starring in the reality show Sisters Over Flowers, while YoonA is in the KBS drama The Prime Minister And I. She is the first of the nine Girls’ Generation members confirmed to be in a romance. The pairing would not be much of a surprise to K-pop watchers. Lee has always publicly said YoonA is his ideal type, reported The Korea Times. – The Korea Herald and The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network