I knew the day would have to come, but I somehow thought it would not come so soon. It seems the members of Girls’ Generation (SNSD) are starting to date. Now hold on! Don’t toss your computer across the room or start booking your flight to South Korea to win their hearts (Who does that anyway?). Idol dating can be a big thing or nothing special at all. It all depends on the idol in question because popularity is a big factor. This also counts for any Korean celebrity, but we’ll focus on idols for now. The hierarchy seems to be idols, actors/actresses and gag men/women (in that order). I remember when gag woman Shin Bora started dating and the response was not that big, unlike Yoona or Sooyoung dating. I know that’s a big jump in popularity, but it’s just an example of the overall situation.
Idols are people too and dating is not supposed to be viewed as a phenomena of life, but sometimes it can be for very popular idols or celebrities in general.
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So, the big news is Yoona is dating and so is Sooyoung. Dispatch gets credit for “breaking” the Yoona dating news and Sports Seoul gets the Sooyoung one. I’m not expert on either of these sources, but even I know they are infamous for their “dedication” for finding out these details of an idol’s life. I’ve heard people talk about how they stalk an idols for months to get a few pictures of an idol with another person and try to sell it as a relationship. In other words, they are “super paparazzi” and some people don’t take their word for anything when hearing it. I remember Sports Seoul getting into trouble a while back for talking about a female celebrity that was rumored to be getting haughty or “full of herself” and the end of the reporter’s word sounded like “-zy”. This made many people fell like they were trying to say it was Bae Suzy because of how much money she makes and people connected dots that were not there to connect. Anyway, they’re like tabloids to some people. People only recognize their news as truth once the agency confirms it, but it doesn’t matter if people believe them or not by that point. Either way, these dating rumors were confirmed. It seems Sooyoung started dating first and it was secretly because her boyfriend (sounds funny to say it for some reason) was supposedly dating someone from 2012. His name is Jung Kyung Ho and he is an actor, so it’s no surprise he kept the secret for so long. He revealed he was in a relationship in September 2013, but insisted it was with a non-celebrity. This was probably to stop any hunts for the girlfriend, since most people won’t care if it’s not a celebrity. This does depend on which celebrity the regular person is dating though.
It seems actors/actresses dating idols is not uncommon and many celebrities will find dating another celebrity to be easier because that other celebrity is likely to understand their busy schedule more than a regular person with more time to commit to the relationship.
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They say you can’t fool a woman’s intuition, which has proven to be true many times in the history of man (usually the history of a man in trouble, i.e. trying to hide he forgot the anniversary). It was a magazine called Woman Sense that busted Jung Kyung Ho on trying to convince everyone he was dating a non-celebrity and they even knew it was Sooyoung (scary, huh?). The magazine used the logic that they went to the same church and were alums of the same university, which was supported by overseas dates being brought up. Of course SM Entertainment denied it and they got the support of Jung Kyung Ho’s side as well. SM Entertainment said they had a “brother-sister” type relationship (classic excuse) and Jung Kyung Ho’s side stuck with the “non-celebrity angle. It recently was 100% confirmed they are dating and SM Entertainment now says they developed feelings from that “brother-sister” relationship. Huh? I know they mean the two were close and developed feelings to get closer, but most people generally take the “brother-sister” relationship angle as being “friendzoned”, since brothers and sisters generally stay just friends. Anyway, the next SNSD member with a confirmed relationship is Yoona and the boyfriend should not come as a surprise to anyone who payed attention to her variety appearances. That boyfriend is none other than Lee Seung Gi and I must repeat that throwing your computer across the room is not advised.
Lee Seung Gi and Yoona have been “shipped” for a while now and Seung Gi has not been secretive about his feelings for Yoona, which were clear to those watching their interactions.
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This relationship reveal was less of a “Omona! No way!” moment and more of a “Ah. So it finally happened” moment because of how obvious the feelings were between them. Okay, so it was obvious to those who payed attention and looked for it. Even that was not hard though, but I will admit you might have to care about it to see it. These instances include the first episode of Strong Heart when it was brought up that Seung Gi chose Yoona as his ideal type and another episode of the same show where he said he liked her to death. Choosing someone as your ideal type means that person posses the qualities you want in the person you end up with and it does not have to be that person. Choosing someone that you like is different because it gives the impression you want to be with that particular person. It was also brought up that Seung Gi has chosen Yoona as his ideal type of three years straight because people usually change their ideal type after a while. It was confirmed with data gathered by Dispatch after three months of following them around. You did read that, right? They followed them around for three months to get this information. Wow. It would nice if these couples got a chance to reveal it when they want, but I guess some people don’t want it that way.
It has been mentioned that Girls’ Generation (SNSD) are almost like representatives of the ideal girlfriend in the Kpop world. Each member has a different personality, but still have the overall desired trait the average Korean man would want in a partner. This is debatable, of course. [Photo Credit: wikipedia.org] Link: http://tinyurl.com/3gumh34 Some people might be wondering why this is even an issue. I don’t see as a problem, but remember what I said about popularity earlier. SNSD is a very popular girl group and they have even been referred to as the “Nation’s Girl Group” to show their immense popularity. This means many fans will care about who they date or if they date at all. This puts a lot of pressure on them because it’s almost like they have to worry about pleasing the fans when dating. This can be discouraging to idols who want to date and it’s usually the reason many of them hide it. There is a problem with hiding it though and that is it gives media outlets like Dispatch or Sports Seoul a reason to chase after them. If they are open about it, then there is no reason to follow them. It’s like telling a kid they can’t go into a room in the house and then they do it because now that room is special. If you don’t have the restriction, then the room is not special and it’s unlikely the kid will bother with it. This also has the problem with the agencies still bothering the idols, which is just like the kid still going into the room anyway. This is SNSD we are talking about, so finding out personal details involving their dating lives is news-worthy to some fans anyway. That is the problem with idol dating and it’s why so many of them get frustrated. Seo In Young once said she was not one for public dating and Lady Jane (who was on the same show with her) agreed. It might give a story to these media outlets who want to “break the news”, but it might be easier to try and hide it in the long run. At least the media outlets have to work to even find the relationship, which distracts them from prying for dating details (since they don’t even know if you are dating or not). What do I think? I think they should be left alone, especially if they have been discovered dating. Okay, so now you know. Case closed and move on. I don’t see why Seung Gi buying making sure Yoona never stays out late on a date with him is something other people need to know, but how about not stalking them anymore. It would have been nice to not stalk them at all, but now is a good time to start. Paparazzi will always do this though because there is an audience for it. All fans can do is support them and hope for the best. Please don’t fly to South Korea to do that though. What are your thoughts on this issue? Vote in the poll and comment below! ^_^ *(Sorry for the last paragraph in Italics. WordPress is trying too hard to be fancy)* Episode 1 of Strong Heart (Yoona is Seung Gi’s ideal type at 5:30 in the video)