KeyEast Terminates Its Contract with Ji Soo
On the 27th, Keyeast terminated its exclusive contract with Jisoo, who had ceased activities due to his school violence scandal. KeyEast explained, “We came to a conclusion that it is currently difficult for Ji Soo to carry out his career. And we finally decided to terminate the contract under the mutual agreement to respect the actor’s intention not to cause further harm to the agency.” However, the agency added that although their contract with Ji Soo has ended, they will do their best so the ongoing lawsuit related to the River of the Rising Moon can be resolved amicably. On the other hand, Ji Soo announced that he plans to take legal actions against the false accusations of sexual violence.
Lee Seung Gi and Han Ye Seul Go Public with Their Relationships, But It Backfires
Stars’ “public dating” is now under a heated debate. On the 24th and 26th, Lee Da In and Lee Seung Gi‘s agencies admitted the dating rumors, but the news didn’t really please the fans. The stock price manipulation and suspicions of fraud related to Lee Da In’s stepfather, who is also actress Kyeon Miri’s husband, became the problem. As Lee Seung Gi was always cheered for his “good boy” image, this relationship has given a fatal blow to his image. Some of his fans held a truck protest in front of the actor’s home.
Han Ye Seul is also having a headache over her relationship. After she voluntarily revealed her new boyfriend, a reckless attack against his past was followed. The actress took her Instagram to clap back at the haters. “I don’t know whether they would compensate me if my career and image that I’ve built up for 20 years are damaged through these types of broadcasts,” she wrote. “I heard a lot of rumors and gossip while working in this industry, but I rolled with it, thinking that it’s a part of my job. But this feels like an attack with the intent to kill.”
Jang Ki Yong and Son Yeonjae’s Dating Rumor Hits the Wire
Jang Ki Yong and Son Yeonjae posted a picture of the sea on social media in April and that sparked a dating rumor in the online communities. People raised suspicions that the two went on a trip together based on the fact that they posted photos of a similar landscape on the same day. The fact that Jang Ki Yong chose Son Yeonjae as his “dream girl” during an interview also caught the attention. However, on the 28th, the actor’s agency YG Entertainment denied the rumor, saying that the two have never met each other.
IZ*ONE’s Sakura Embroiled in Controversy Over Degrading Koreans
Miyawaki Sakura, a member of IZ*ONE and group HKT48, got embroiled in a controversy over degrading Koreans. HKT48 held an online concert on the 29th. And the “sasaeng fan” performance on this day became a hot potato. HKT48’s Anna Murashige got on the stage with the picket with the words “I only have you Sakura. I love you.” She was even dressed in a shirt with Sakura’s face printed on it and acted as if she was Sakura’s sasaeng fan. And this sparked controversy over degrading Koreans. However, some are counterargued that the claim of “degrading Koreans” is over the line, starting a heated debate.
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