Only Lovers Left Alive: K-Pop and K-Drama Romances and Break-Ups of 2019

The outgoing year 2019 can really be described as having been filled with breakups, but it had a little romance, too. Here is a summary of the past year.

The End of Song-Song Couple

Famous actors Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, who fans called the "Song-Song couple", shocked everyone with their sudden divorce in 2019. Song Joong-ki's representative submitted the request and stated to the Korean press that the pair wants to get divorced in June. The Song-Song couple married back in 2017, having grown close on the set of the K-drama “Descendants of the Sun” in 2016, and their chemistry brought enormous success to the TV series all over the world, being awarded for its popularity. The official reason for the divorce is differences in personality.

The news really broke the hearts of fans:

Ahn Jae-hyun, Ku Hye-sun & Not Sexy Nipples

Another famous actor couple began dating in 2015 while making the K-drama “Blood”; they confirmed their relationship and married in 2016. Suddenly, Ahn Jae-hyun and Ku Hye-sun announced their divorce in August after three years of marriage.

The divorce was followed by a series of controversies, when the actors made competing for accusations against each other on SNS, leaving netizens in shock, revealing intimate details about their private life. For example, according to Ku Hye-sun, one of the reasons that Ahn Jae-hyun asked his wife for a divorce was because her nipples were not sexy.

On 1 September, Ku Hye-sun announced her retirement from the industry via Instagram and ended her contract with HB Entertainment. Ahn Jae-hyun, meanwhile, deleted all the posts on his Instagram in order not to harm the promotion of his latest drama “Love with Flaws”, which was released on 27 November.

Fans were left divided, supporting the two sides, leading to an even bigger mess:

Lovey-Dovey Kang Daniel and TWICE’s Jihyo

In August, South Korean news portal Dispatch, well-known for its relationship revelations, broke the Internet with news that Kang Daniel and Jihyo of TWICE were seen on a date in the neighbourhood of Hannam in Seoul. According to the report, the couple began dating at the beginning of the year and have since been meeting more than once a week.

Jihyo’s agency JYP Entertainment and Kang Daniel’s agency KONNECT Entertainment confirmed that the couple was dating the same day. Kang Daniel even left a long apology letter for causing so much worry among his fans.

Fans of both idols mostly took the news favourably and the two are still together - or at least no news of separation has appeared.

Fast but Hot: Kai from EXO and Jennie from Blackpink

Back on 1 January, the year 2019 started with breaking news for all K-pop fans: the main dancer of EXO, Kai, and the main rapper of Blackpink, Jennie, were seen dating. Photos of the two idols on their date were released by Dispatch, which has a tradition of revealing celebrities' relationships on New Year.

According to the report, the two artists spent time together in Paris in October 2018 on Fashion Week, where Jennie was at the Chanel show representing the brand, while Kai was the ambassador of Gucci. In November, Dispatch spotted the two celebrities on a date. The tabloid also reported that Kai visited Jennie on 2 December after returning from a trip to Hawaii.

EXO’s agency SM Entertainment and Blackpink’s agency YG Entertainment confirmed that Kai and Jennie were dating, shocking the fans of both idols.  

But after just one month of dating, on 25 January, the two artists reportedly broke up and decided to focus on their careers. For now, it has not been confirmed by the agencies that both idols are involved in a relationship. 

Those who supported the star couple are still trying to find connections to show that they are still dating. 

Even though Kai and Jennie didn't date for very long, they tinted the whole year. Now, everyone is waiting to see whose romance Dispatch will reveal to the public. 

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