[Weekly Up & Down] What Happened in 2021?: Stars Who Faced Dilemma After Dating Rumors (Kim Jung Hyun, Seo Ye Ji, Lee Seung Gi, and More)

Kim Jung Hyun Seo Ye Ji Lee Seung Gi
Hyun Bin Son Ye Jin
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The year 2021 was filled with romance. Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin, who faced multiple dating rumors, were the first. Since then, Han Ye Seul, Yoon Kye Sang, Lee Seung Gi, and Lee Da In also came public with their relationships. But on the other hand, some actors became hot potatoes when their old relationships surfaced online. Kim Jung Hyun and Seo Ye Ji suffered a lot when their past text messages sparked heated controversy.

Kim Jung Hyun Seo Ye Ji
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In April, Kim Jung Hyun and Seo Ji Hye’s dating rumor had hit the wire. According to the report, the two grew closer since they played a couple in tvN’s Crash Landing on You. However, the two immediately denied the rumor. At the time, Kim’s agency O& Entertainment brought up the allegations of tempering (contacting other agencies with hopes to transfer). The company’s claim is that Kim’s contract originally expires in May, but his hiatus extended the contract period.

Kim, who stood at odds with his agency over his contract, soon faced a new problem. A media outlet reported that the actor dropped out of MBC’s Time and went on a hiatus because of Seo Ye Ji, his girlfriend at the time. This controversy continued for a month. Because of this, Seo sat out of a press conference for her movie Recalled and Baeksang Arts Awards. Afterward, Kim resolved the misunderstanding with his agency and ended his exclusive contract. Recently, Seo Ye Ji gave a brief update through a community for her fans, hinting at her plan to resume her activities.

Lee Seung Gi Lee Da In
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Lee Seung Gi was in hot water for his relationship with Lee Da In. The report of their relationship broke out, along with the rumors of their marriage. The two of them publically admitted their relationship but drew a line on the marriage rumors. However, many people didn’t welcome the news.

Some of Lee Seung Gi’s fans started a truck protest, opposing their relationship. This is because of the multiple controversies surrounding Lee Da In’s father, who is also Kyeon Mi Ri’s husband. Many fans saw all the gossips related to Lee Da In’s family damage Lee Seung Gi, who has successfully kept the “decent guy” image for 17 years. Maybe it’s because of all the adverse reactions. Lee Seung Gi, who recently founded a one-person agency, renewed his contract with his former agency Hook Entertainment.

Han Ye Seul
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Since Han Ye Seul revealed her new love, she was swept up in all kinds of scandals. A YouTuber exposed the “controversial past of her new boyfriend, saying that he used to be a male escort. In response, Han personally made a video to address various rumors surrounding her. Currently, she has appointed a law firm and heralded a legal action.


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