Wonder Girls‘ Sohee (20) and 2AM‘s Lim Seulong (25). What the two have in common are their incredibly busy schedules and frequent overseas activities. Yet, in spite of all that, it seems the two have been able to nurture some romantic feelings towards each other.
Dispatch reporters managed to capture scenes from their date. By and large their date seemed to follow a set pattern, ranging from a cafe near their company, then in front of Sohee’s house at Mokdong, in Gangnam, and other similar places. They also met mainly late at night and moved around in Seulong’s personal car.
In fact Dispatch had caught them on their fourth date last month. Every date started with Seulong fetching her and ended with him sending her to her doorstep.
No matter where she was, Seulong would turn up in search of her. On December 16th, Sohee headed to a cafe near the company after she was done filming for KBS’s Music Bank. In the short space of time she took to place her order Seulong appeared at the scene as well. They then headed directly to Mokdong, where they spent approximately an hour in conversation in front of Sohee’s house. Seulong left only after he had he sent her to the elevator.
It was also fairly common for him to meet her past midnight. On Christmas Day, right after 2AM’s concert ended, Seulong hopped into his car and went straight to her house. They drove through the streets of Gangnam before heading back once again to Mokdong, where Seulong opened the trunk of his car to reveal four packages hidden inside. He handed them over to Sohee — evidently, they were her Christmas presents from him.
The two have known each other for six years, having first gotten to know each other as trainees at JYP Entertainment. It was only last year, however, that their relationship started to develop beyond being mere colleagues. A source close to them spoke to Dispatch, “Sohee is introverted, so she has very few celebrity friends. You can count the number of them on one hand. She simply isn’t the kind who can open up easily to others. Seulong is really someone to be able to show her his heart.”
In fact, Seulong seems to be more than just a partner; almost a soulmate instead. The source explained, “Even though she is a member of one of the best girl groups, she really is just a young girl. She had a tough time in America. Seulong is the only colleague and friend who is able to get her to open up about her feelings.”
They started growing closer after Sohee, together with the rest of the Wonder Girls, returned from their promotional activities in America. Thereafter the two of them made sure to always meet up on special occasions and festivals.
However, their relationship was something close to a secret; not even those around them were certain about anything. All of their dates were held past midnight — they usually met at around 1 a.m. and hung out for approximately three hours. Furthermore, their dates mainly took place in the privacy of Seulong’s car, an Audi A5 Cabriolet. Even when they chose to eat they made sure to avoid crowded places.
Nevertheless it is possible to gauge just how ardently in love they are. From meeting on special occasions, to secretive dates and surprise presents… in particular, when Sohee returned from Taiwan on January 8th, the two met up immediately and exchanged gifts, all the while deep in conversation at a noodle restaurant.
All that said, it is in the spirit of the industry to expect any agency to take a cautious tone in commenting on their relationship, and this is indeed what JYP has done. On January 24th a high-ranking representative from the company met with Dispatch. He commented, “They have relied a lot on each other ever since they were trainees. It’s true that Seulong is one of the people who Sohee is close to.”
However, when asked to elaborate on their personal relationship, the representative answered with a short, “No comment.” He said, “There is no way that the agency can know everything about our artistes’ personal lives. We don’t intervene in their emotional issues. It will be difficult to confirm if they are more than just colleagues.”
On January 25th, JYP officially commented on the explosive news. According to this representative, “More than being in a relationship, the two of them are simply very close colleagues. It just looks that way because all JYP artists are extremely close to each other.”
He emphasized once again, as if to dispel any remaining doubts, “Sohee and Seulong are just very close.”
Earlier that morning Big Hit Entertainment, the company in association with JYP that is in charge of managing 2AM, had announced, “Seulong is in Japan right now. We are in the midst of finding out the details. We will release more information as soon as we are able to clarify things with him.”
This seems to fly in the face of anecdotes dug up by fans, some of which date back as far as 2010.
One of them reads, “I saw Sohee and Seulong holding hands as I was going to get my car repaired yesterday. Yeeun was beside them. Ah~ I think they are dating.”
Yet another commented, “Four weeks ago, Sohee and Seulong together… hehe. Around dinner time… at a playground… I saw them sitting together on a bench. My friend saw them too.”
Other netizens questioned in skepticism, “If they aren’t dating, why do they only meet at such late hours and hide their faces from view?”
To this, Big Hit Entertainment explained, “Even if they aren’t in any special relationship, they are, at the end of the day, still celebrities. As such they have no choice but to be cautious about being in public.” In essence, he said, they covered their faces in order to prevent such misunderstandings, like this one, from arising.
Based on what their agency has been willing to disclose, it seems that it will be some time before fans will get a satisfactory answer. In the meantime, here’s something a little more light-hearted: a quick look at their couple fashion.
Their dress code for every date revolved around the color black — which, if you think about it, is perfect for a couple trying to avoid the sharp eyes of the public, being a hugely inconspicuous color. Yet, even in that, they manage to pull off the look with their personal styles.
Their Secret Couple look is completed by layering, as is expected of any star sensitive to fashion. Sohee was photographed wearing a grey long-sleeved top under a black coat with sleeves that came to her elbow; Seulong, similarly, was in a grey top complemented by a black padded vest. Their personal styles, though completely different, are certainly eye-grabbing because of their coordinated colors.
Living up to her reputation as a fashionista, Sohee gave off a polished vibe in her chosen outfit. Her black coat was paired with skinny jeans that showed off her long and slim legs. The visual point of her outfit came in the form of her cream-colored wedge boots. The entire look was completed with a large tote bag.
Seulong, on the other hand, showed off various styles on each of their dates. On Christmas Day, he wore a black coat and denim jeans that emphasized his height. Most recently he was captured on camera sporting fashionably casual styles, such as the above-mentioned grey top with a padded vest and sneakers. His grey socks, which were visible, brought out the point in his outfit by matching the color of his top.
In order to avoid the public’s scrutiny, the two always hid their faces from view with their mufflers or hoods. Again, their color of choice was black; and it was often draped several times around their neck, such that their faces were obscured in a very natural manner. If even that wasn’t enough, they would then resort to using their hoods to completely block out their faces.
Stay tuned as we keep you updated on their latest development!