Love is in the air for two of Korea’s notable pop stars, Yong Jun-hyung and Hyuna, who recently made their relationship public. This development follows a series of photographs captured by SPOTV News last November, showcasing the couple’s trip to the United States.
The singers, aged 35 and 32 respectively, sparked romance rumors long before they officially declared their relationship. Their journey began with a departure from Los Angeles on November 21st, returning to Korea the next day. Their affection was evident during their flight, with Junhyung opting for a low-profile look with a beanie and sunglasses, while Hyuna drew attention with her trademark red lip.
Despite their close interactions on the plane, the couple maintained a discreet distance in the departure hall, indicative of their initial reluctance to go public. However, they later boldly announced their relationship through a tender ‘two-shot’ photo, revealing clasped hands and a backdrop of their U.S. trip.
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This relationship marks Hyuna’s second public romance following her breakup with singer Dawn in 2022. The couple’s announcement was met with mixed reactions. They refrained from commenting directly on their relationship status initially, and their agencies also declined to confirm, citing privacy reasons. However, Hyuna subtly confirmed the relationship through social media interactions, liking comments from supportive fans and asking for kindness.
Yong Junhyung, known for his communication with fans, openly acknowledged their relationship on a fan messaging platform. He expressed hope for support and understanding, acknowledging the surprise their announcement might have caused.
The couple’s history dates back to their time at Cube Entertainment, where Junhyung featured in Hyuna’s debut solo song ‘Change’ and participated in her track ‘A Bitter Day’ from ‘Bubble Pop’. Interestingly, Junhyung also named the unit ‘Trouble Maker’, which Hyuna formed with Jang Hyunseung.
Hyuna, who debuted with Wonder Girls in 2007 and later with 4Minute in 2009, is now a successful solo artist. Yong Junhyung, a 2009 debutant, faced controversy in 2019 due to his involvement in the Jung Jun-young group chat scandal, leading to a hiatus and a return in 2022 with his independent label, Blackmade.
Their relationship announcement has stirred mixed feelings among fans and the public. While some express concerns over Hyuna’s choice, given Junhyung’s past controversies, including the Club Burning Sun and Jung Jun-young’s group chat room incident, others advocate for respecting their personal lives.
As the couple embarks on this new chapter, the public eye remains fixed on their journey, highlighting the complex interplay of public opinion, celebrity status, and personal choices in the ever-evolving world of K-pop.