Update (19th October): The label representing Kim Seon Ho has issued a statement. Scroll down for more. He has since publicly apologised here.
The Hallyu community is currently trying to unveil the identity of a South Korean actor nicknamed K. This came after a woman nicknamed A did a shocking exposé on him on a popular online platform.
AllKpop broke the story on this, but they have been careful not to reveal any specific details about the Hallyu celebrity and his alleged girlfriend. It’s not cheap when a lawsuit comes knocking at one’s door.
She got pressured to have the abortion
A revealed that she and K had split roughly 4 months ago. She found out that she was carrying a baby following an episode of having unprotected intercourse. However K convinced her otherwise, saying, “If you give birth now, I have to pay 900 million KRW in damages but I don’t have money right now. What if you jeopardise my parents as well? Let’s move in together next year.” In her post, she also shared that K’s brother had accompanied her to the hospital.
Instead of staying true to his word, his demeanour took a 180-degree turn after she went through with the abortion. “He sent me 2 million KRW for abortion procedures. I thought I would share that I have been in and out of the hospital so I sent him pictures of receipts and showed how I spent that money. He then flipped out like a mad man saying if I was trying to make him feel guilty. He also started to make a big deal out of something minimal and threaten me,” A recalled. K apparently dumped her over a phone call.
Clues about this K actor
Of course, netizens want receipts. Where’s the proof? “Many of you have been requesting pictures, and it’s not hard. There are many pictures. I have kept them in private just because of possible legal issues. [omitted] I have been suffering in guilt and pain for over a year and I didn’t hastily decide to write this,” A explained.
Having said that, A described K as a “shameless and self-absorbed” actor and is climbing up the popularity ladder. There was once where he even lost his temper while filming a TV series. “That’s one of his genuine sides. Unlike his public image, he is cruel and cold in real life. He also frequently badmouths behind one of his co-workers including his seniors, colleagues, director, and everyone around him,” she spilled.
Netizens are also trying to figure out the letter K which could possibly stand for Kim, Kang, Kwang, Kwon, Koo, Ko, G/Kong, Kyeong, or Ki. Or if it’s just a pseudo to hide his real identity.
Brands are aware of this controversy
It’s essential that brands ensure that their celebrity ambassadors maintain a clean image. The minute that image is tarnished, there goes those brand endorsements deals. Remember Kris Wu? Thanks to his recent surge of popularity, K had scored several new endorsement deals.
However, an insider from a brand that just shot an advertisement with actor K said, “We just found out about the rumour. We are desperately hoping it to be false. A pure and positive image is the key, but if this turns out to be true, it will be detrimental to us. We will be carefully watching how it unfolds but we are indeed very shocked.”
Update (19th October):
Oh snap! According to reporter-turned-YouTuber Lee Jin-ho, actor is K is apparently Kim Seon Ho (김선호). The 35-year-old actor’s label Salt Entertainment has since issues a statement. They did not flat out deny like how most companies would; instead they stated the following:
“We apologize for failing to deliver a statement promptly. The agency is currently confirming the facts regarding the anonymous post. As the truth of the matter has yet to be confirmed, we strongly ask that you all wait a little longer. Once again, we apologize for causing concerns through such unseemly news.”
The Korea Herald reported that advertisements featuring Kim Seon Ho are already being taken down. Domino’s Pizza Korea has already removed the aforementioned ads and commercials from its official social media channels.
Canon Korea and food company Food Bucket have reportedly removed images and posts featuring Kim from their SNS accounts.