2018 has been a very interesting year so far.
As a ritual that we have been used to for the past couple of years, Dispatch started the year off with not one but two couples; they released photos of two famous couples dating.
So far, 2018 has had many celebrity couples confirm they have been dating. Some of these dating reports took fans by surprise.
Today, I will be taking a look at some of the most shocking unexpected dating news of 2018 Korean celebrity couples, so far!
HyunA and E’Dawn
The most recent couple to have joined the confirmed couples club of 2018.
The couple had previously sparked rumors of dating; they’re part of the co-ed trio Triple H. They had recently made a comeback and have been promoting it well.
Fans noticed that the interactions between HyunA and E’Dawn were ‘too friendly’ recently which sparked dating rumors between them; Cube Entertainment issued an initial response denying the rumors on August 2nd calling them ‘unfounded.’
On August 3rd, Yonhap News reported that the couple personally wanted to share the news that they were dating for two years. HyunA has been dating E’Dawn since May 2016.
They shared this statement to Yonhap News,
“We wanted to honestly tell fans and show ourselves confidently having fun performing on stage.”
HyunA expressed her affection towards him by revealing he helped her a lot with her album but he was not officially credited for it.
Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young
Back in July 26, some fans woke up to the shocking news of “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim” co-stars dating.
Sports DongA newspaper broke the news through their newspaper edition of July 27/28. They wrote the breaking headline, “Park Seo Joon & Park Min Young: 3 years of secret dating.”
The newspaper claimed that they have been dating for 3 years and that their romance actually began way before “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim,” but the couple chose to keep it a secret.
An insider also pointed out that people are curious about their relationship since the actors didn’t want their fans to be bothered and their personal lives to get heavy attention they kept it under the rug.
This new of course took fans by surprise, as no one expected that they might have been dating for such a long time. It was a shocking headline.
According to that insider, the couple had 007-like dates, not even their close colleagues knew about it.
It turns out that the insider, as well as news outlet report, was all false. Both actors’ agencies ended up firmly denying that they were dating. The actors also denied that they dated personally through various interviews.
Park Min Young said that she was especially frustrated by the news and wished that they would die down and people would stop asking her about them.
While Park Seo Joon took it upon himself to tear down so-called ‘evidence’ claiming that they had been going on secret dates for 3 years.
Park Shin Hye and Choi Tae Joon
Fans just couldn’t believe that Park Shin Hye had finally confirmed she was dating someone.
On March 7, various news outlets reported that the two actors have been dating for a year. They both study at Chung Ang University, and have developed from close friends to lovers.
At first, the source said that the two enjoy dates around Park Shin Hye place; they also usually hang out around their acquaintances. According to the sources, Choi Tae Joon friends knew they were dating.
Last year, the couple was involved in dating rumors, they have denied them fully, both agencies explained that they were only close friends; the sources revealed that back then they had denied it for personal reasons.
But this time was different! A couple of hours after the reports came out, they returned with statements confirming their relationship.
Choi Tae Joon’s agency said,
“They have developed from a close friends’ relationship to a real once last year.”
While Park Shin Hye’s label said,
“After confirming with Park Shin Hye, it turns out that she is indeed dating Choi Tae Joon. The two have been friends before turning into lovers last year. We would be grateful if you could look upon the couple who only started dating recently fondly.”
Suzy and Lee Dong Wook
Back on March 9 fans were shocked when reports came out confirming that the two are romantically involved.
The report said that Lee Dong Wook fell for the actress humble character; they both share similar personality traits and get along so well. The couple was also reportedly spotted out and about on dates without being afraid of being noticed. Following TV Report, both the actor’s agencies initially said they’d check with their actors before releasing a statement.
Later both agencies came back with statements confirming that TV Report was indeed true.
King Kong by Starship said,
“They met at a private casual gathering. They only recently started to know each other with good intentions and have feeling for each other. Since they’re only in the beginning of their relationship, we just learned about it. There isn’t much we can say about them dating or being a couple.”
JYP Entertainment added,
“They’re only in the process of getting to know each other.”
On the 7th of July, the two confirmed their breakup through official statements from their agencies.
According to OSEN, the couple was very busy preparing for their upcoming dramas. Lee Dong Wook was preparing for his return to the small screen following the great reception of “Goblin” with “Life” aired its first episode in late July, while Suzy is currently preparing for her upcoming drama “Vagabond” alongside Lee Seung Gi.
Hui and Soojin
Photos of Hui and Soojin shopping around and holding hands spread like wildfire not too long ago, fans kept sharing photos of the idols going out on dates proving they were in fact a couple.
This is huge news for a lot of reasons, first, (G)I-DLE has debuted a couple of months ago back in May, so its very rare for a rookie group member to be caught in a dating scandal. Second, she was dating her fellow agency mate Hui who is also a part of a rookie group called Pentagon that debuted less than 2 years ago. Third, this is the second couple of Cube Entertainment to be wrapped up in dating news in August, alone.
In response to the photos, Cube Entertainment issued an official response confirming that they had indeed been dating, they added,
“After checking with them we found out they used to date, they have already split up.”
Seungri and A Non-Celebrity Co-Worker
Fans were excited when they found out that the youngest member of BIGBANG could be happily dating someone.
On June 2nd, a broadcast source stated that he had been dating a non-celebrity and that it was an open secret among broadcasting figures.
The non-celebrity is a female office worker who is known to be just as pretty as a female celebrity.
Seungri later revealed that she was his beautiful assistant manager, he said,
“The reports were mistaken and misinterpreted.”
He revealed that she grew shy after those false dating rumors and that she stopped chatting with him like she used to. He said,
“We used to talk a lot in the past…”
VIPs would still be happy for Seungri; he said that his ultimate goal was to be a father.
Wishing that he finds that special lucky lady one day!
Gdragon and Jooyeon
On January 1st, Dispatch released photos of Gdragon and Jooyeontrip to Jeju Island together, they had traveled there separately but united in the island, they stayed there for four days.
This was not the alleged couple first time under the spotlight, the two were previously rumored to be dating after a video of them together went viral back in November 2017. Back then both agencies denied that they were dating, they simply stated that the two were friends and enjoyed their vacation in Hawaii together with other friends.
After the newly released photos by Dispatch went viral, both agencies, YG Entertainment and Better Ent said they would release a statement after speaking to their artists first.
YG Entertainment never returned with a statement and it’s still a mystery. Some fans believe that the two are dating while some others think that they’re only friends.
Gdragon is known for his love of his privacy, he had never confirmed any dating news previously although he had been involved with many celebrities.