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[Weekly Up & Down] Hallyu Star Couple Announced VS. Gugudan Disbanded

#Hyun Bin & Son Ye Jin – Same Age Hallyu Star Couple Announced 

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Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin went public with their relationship. On Jan 1, the two actors’ agencies shared that they started dating after finishing Crash Landing On You. As soon as they admitted their relationship, congratulatory messages poured in from not only in Korea but also from China and Japan. This is mostly because Crash Landing On You became such a global hit. Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin, who first met each other in the 2018 film The Negotiation, has dismissed the three dating rumors reported previously. But as they came forward with their romantic relationship after the 4th report, they became the first couple of 2021. 

 

#Gugudan Disbanded After 4 Years

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Gugudan, which debuted in 2016, officially disbanded after 4 years. The group’s label Jellyfish Entertainment announced, “As of Dec 31, Gugudan will wrap up their group activities. After a long and in-depth discussion, the company and the members agreed to put an end to the group activities. Though they will no longer work as a group, we will do our best to provide full support for members’ various individual promotions such as music and acting.” Soon after the report, members left their last words of appreciation and apology to their fans through social media or fan cafe.

 

#John Legend Makes Surprise Appearance on ‘How Do You Play?’

On Jan 2, John Legend made a surprise appearance on How Do You Play?, making headlines. His appearance was achieved when Legend himself sent a video of his performance to the show after seeing Yoo Jae Suk recommending his winter song “Bring Me Love” during the live streaming. Saying that he saw the video of Yoo Jae Suk recommending his song, he shared, “I want to give this gift to Yoo Jae Suk and my Korean fans. I hope my song brings love to your hearts,” as he personally performed “Bring Me Love.”

 

#’DoReMi Market’ Under Fire for Disparaging Non-Celebrities’ Appearances

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Controversy sparked when DoReMi Market supposedly “disparaged” non-celebrities’ appearances. In the new snack game “Where’s this picture from?” introduced on Jan 2, a photo of non-celebrities audiences in KBS’s Ask Me Anything was released as a question. Looking at the photo, cast members burst into laughter. It seemed like no one realized a problem as they were laughing at the non-celebrities’ appearances. Netizens soon expressed their discomfort over how they made fun of non-celebrities who appeared on a different TV show. They pointed out, “They just visited the studio as audiences, so why are they laughing at them?” “The fact that they made fun of non-celebrities was careless” and “The cast and the production team were all lackadaisical.”

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