The whole nation was in disbelief when these idols were caught dating. And here are the most shocking of K-Pop dating scandals that shook the industry :
- Taeyeon and Baekhyun
In June 2014, its’ known that EXO‘s Baekyun and Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon were dating. They had been going on secret dates and had been dating for months. Then, they admitted to being in a relationship, becoming the first public SM Entertainment couple.
The news came as a big surprise to everybody. While many fans congratulated the couple, many others were upset by the news and accused them of ignoring their fans and fellow members. In fact, the backlash was so severe that some people even started a petition to have Baekhyun removed from EXO!
Due to their fans’ concerns, both idols made apologies to their fans for hurting them and not telling them about the relationship sooner. The apologies put out the flames and soon after the petition was taken down with fans fully supporting the relationship.
The two dated for 1 year and 4 months before breaking up in 2015. Although they ultimately decided to part ways in 2015, they still remain as good friends and label mates.
- Krystal and Kai
The news of EXO‘s Kai and f(x)‘s Krystal being in a relationship was revealed by Dispatch in 2016. Although the two had been spotted together multiple times before because they had been close since their trainee days, in 2016 rumors started to fly that they had been spotted on multiple dates together. And shortly afterward, SM Entertainment released a statement confirming the news.
Luckily, fans from both sides were very supportive of the couple. They even came up with the nickname “Kaistal” to call the couple!
On May 31, 2017, they officially parted ways due to their busy schedules. When the news of their breakup was announced, it broke many fans’ hearts.
- Goo Hara and Yong Junhyung
In 2011, when KARA was 5 members and former HIGHLIGHT member Yong Junhyung was still known as BEAST‘s Junhyung, news of Goo Hara and Junhyung being in a relationship took the K-Pop world by storm.
Prior to their news, most agencies would deny any kind of dating news even if there was proof to back it up, but when photos of Goo Hara and Junhyung were revealed both of their agencies stepped in and confirmed the news!
Luckily, fans were very accepting of the couple and even sent them notes of encouragement. In May 2013, however, the two parted ways after they grew apart because of their busy schedules.
- IU and Jang Kiha
When news of IU and Jang Kiha‘s relationship broke back in 2015, everyone was caught off guard because it was so unexpected.
Prior to the news, IU had never been in any kind of dating scandal before so when pictures began surfacing of IU meeting up with Jung Kiha, everyone was very surprised. Add on the 11 year age gap, and the whole nation was shocked!
Despite that, when IU opened up about her feelings for Jung Kiha, fans were very supportive of the pair. The two dated for over 3 years before finally breaking up in January 2017.
- Hani and Junsu
News broke of JYJ‘s Junsu and EXID‘s Hani being in a relationship on January 1, 2016, continuing Dispatch’s trend of starting off the new year with a couple reveal.
The two had originally been spotted together numerous times in December 2015 with the couple even reportedly spending Christmas Eve together. According to an insider, Junsu was the first to fall for Hani, but Hani was close behind since she had been a fan of Junsu since his TVXQ days.
Fans were surprised at the news since the two were complete opposites. Junsu was known for being sensitive while Hani was known for her easygoing nature. Additionally, the couple faced some backlash after they were spotted on a date and left their signatures at the restaurant.
Despite some negative reactions to their public displays of affection, many fans cheered their relationship on until they decided to part ways in September 2016 after they naturally drifted apart because of their schedules.
- Suzy and Lee Dong Wook
When news about Lee Dong Wook and Suzy dating first broke, people were skeptical. The two have a 13-year age gap, and rumors of Suzy and Lee Min Ho getting back together were still floating around.
The news first broke after TV Report witnessed the couple carefully enjoying a date together in Cheondamdong in March 2018 and soon afterward both sides confirmed that they were indeed in a relationship.
Despite their age gap, Suzy and Lee Dong Wook instantly stole everyone’s heart! Unfortunately, everyone was in for some more shocking news after it was revealed that the two had broken up in July 2018 due to their busy schedules.