Scintillatingly Scandalous: IU, Eunhyuk and Dating on the Kpop Scene

IU Korea's Little SisterThe Korean idol dating scene, a never ending cycle of tears and tensions; especially if it happens to be surrounding well-known artists. This time isn’t any different! IU, a popular South Korean singer, known as the Nation’s Younger Sister, is frequently portrayed in the media as innocent and cute (a favourite for uncles). IU however appears to be losing this sweet and innocent nature in the eyes of the media recently as Korean sites (Naver and Nate) have been buzzing with controversy since IU ‘accidentally’ uploaded a picture in which she is seen wearing her pyjamas alongside a shirtless Eunhyuk.

Part of well-known boy group Super Junior, Eunhyuk has performed with IU on numerous occasions and it has been shown that the two share a close relationship. Although the photo was taken down shortly after it was posted and IU’s agency denied claims that the two are dating by releasing a statement and apologising to fans, SM Entertainment have declined to comment. In the eyes of a fan, silence speaks much louder than words!

Many South Korean netizens have already verified that the two have in fact been dating for a year, and Eunhyuk has even met IU’s mother (at least according to the statement released by IU’s entertainment agency LOEN Entertainment). Where the real controversy lies is in their attire. IU’s pure and innocent image as it would seem, has crumbled to dust. Many Koreans are not so much upset at the two dating, but rather that they may be having a more physical relationship. It would be deemed culturally inappropriate as IU, who turned 20 this year should really not be getting intimate.

The image has certainly caused uproar not only in South Korea, but internationally as well. Many fans have been disheartened by this, crying out disapproval at being deceived and having their hearts broken; while others are encouraging but would like to know what a shirtless Eunhyuk signifies. Not the first time that a popular artist has been at the centre of controversy and certainly not the last. Many K-pop singers are forbidden by their agencies to date, leading to secrecy and back ally dating, which clearly is deplorable. Where the dating scene for South Korean artists will go from here, we’ll just have to watch and see.

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  • Gareth R. White

    I thought this article was very interesting, suggesting that perhaps the international and Korean reactions are quite different,
    http://seoulbeats.com/2012/11/iu-eunhyuk-and-the-imaginary-korean-netizen-backlash/

    • beyondhallyu

      Thanks for the comment, Gareth!

      I read that article before as well, I thought it raised some really interesting points about the outside perceptions of Korea vs reality. I will pass it on to the writer for you.

      Lizzie