Earlier today (Thursday, 2nd February), Korean media outlet Ilgan Sports reported that T-ARA’s Jiyeon and Lee Dong Gun have broken off their 2-year relationship. Unfortunately, Lee’s company, FNC Entertainment, confirmed the rumours in a statement hours later.
The exclusive report by Ilgan Sports read, “The 2 have recently decided to remain as just close sunbae-hoobae (senior-junior). They naturally broke up as they were each busy with their individual schedules and couldn’t meet often.”
The confirmation statement from Lee’s side read:
“It’s true that they’ve broken up. It happened recently. The two became busy, and naturally drifted apart. They’ve been focusing on their drama filming and such.”
The pair met each other in 2015 as they acted in the film “Encounter” and dating rumours surfaced after photos of them holding hands were leaked online. Netizens reacted in shock as the couple has an age gap of 13 years, but they confirmed that they were dating casually in July 2015. In the past 2 years, they have also talked about each other fondly in interviews and shows.
It’s sad to see the end of another cute K-Pop couple, but we wish the pair good luck in their future endeavours.