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    Earlier, the K-pop star told his fans that his phone number had been sold.

    A number of screenshots of what are believed to be private messages to unknown women from Leeteuk, the leader of the South Korean pop group Super Junior, have appeared on the Internet. Those publishing the pictures claim the singer sent the direct messages from his official Instagram account.

    The information has been spreading on local social network since the beginning of February, with Internet users wondering if it was really Leeteuk who suggested to a model that they drive together when the Porsche 992 comes out.  

    However, even without proof regarding the authenticity of these images, South Korean women are boiling over the possibility that the male celebrity could slide into their DMs:

    International fans, meanwhile, are on the side of the idol, even if he truly tried to make conversatons with women. 

    This is not the first time the artist has come under fire for his DMs. Two years ago, Leeteuk was criticized for writing "Hey, Yeonwoo" in direct messages to the fan page dedicated to the Momoland member. Fans were embarrassed and offended because the idols have a gap of 13 years between them.

    Leeteuk officially apologised via Twitter, saying he mistook the pages on Instagram and just wanted to say supportive things to his junior colleague, denying he had a hidden agenda.

    Leeteuk, who is currently on tour with "Super Show 8" and promoting Super Junior's last repackage album "Timeless", which was released on 28 January, shared recently on Instagram Live that someone had sold his phone and that he has recently been getting unwanted calls.

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