On June 20th, it was announced that SHINee’s Jonghyun and Shin Se Kyung have ended their 6 month long relationship. While some fans were disappointed that the couple didn’t work out, others were rejoicing over their favorite star’s single status. As I was reading comments regarding the topic, there were comments that really shocked me. Many fans believed that the couple’s relationship had been just a “conspiracy” and they knew “the relationship was never real to begin with.” The surprising part of it was that it wasn’t just one or two people who thought this, there were a lot. This is the first time I’m hearing about this so I tried to make sense of what so many people were saying, but it just doesn’t make sense to me.
When news first broke out about the two being an item last October, fans of both sides were left heartbroken as their fantasies crushed right before them. Some of Jonghyun’s fans couldn’t handle it and took their anger out on Shin Se Kyung’s Cyworld account, which led the actress to close down her page. Although his fans eventually began to accept and support their relationship, some didn’t, which meant Jonghyun lost some of his fans.
Those who believed the relationship had been a “conspiracy” claimed that SM Entertainment and Shin Se Kyung’s agency, Namoo Actors, had “planned this all along,” which I find ridiculous. Last week, I started watching SHINee’s Hello Baby, which aired in January of 2010, and Jonghyun stated on the show that Shin Se Kyung was his ideal type. He has also repeated this many times before, as many Shawols are probably aware of. In addition, Shin Se Kyung has also revealed in September of 2010 that she has the hots for SHINee. So either the two really have interest for one another, or SM Entertainment, a big company that houses the most successful KPOP idols, has nothing better to do than scheme a relationship for one of their already rising singers. Hmn, so which one sounds more ridiculous, I wonder.
Another point fans made regarding their relationship being fake was that dating pictures of the two stars were never seen again after pictures of the couple on a date were leaked last October. I’m sure most of us know that Se7en and Park Han Byul are a very hot item by now. (They’ve been dating for 10 years!) If those two were able to keep their relationship hidden for 6 years before pictures of the two surfaced on the internet, then I don’t think it sounds completely impossible for Jonghyun and Shin Se Kyung to stay away from the camera for 6 months.
In brief, I don’t think a big company like SM Entertainment has time to scheme with another agency in an attempt to boost the popularity of one of their already popular singers. In addition, Shin Se Kyung doesn’t need to use Jonghyun to boost her popularity because she is, in fact, more popular than he is in South Korea. Fans, even more so than the news media, simply love creating drama.
What do you think about their relationship, was it real or fake?
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