[SBS Star] Song Joong Ki Excitedly Shows a Video of His Son to Reporters During His Interview
Actor Song Joong Ki expressed his deep joy at becoming a father during his recent interview. On September 25, Song Joong Ki had an interview with reporters from various media outlets. In this interview, Song Joong Ki was asked about the changes in his life after the birth of his son. Sounding elated, Song Joong Ki answered, &'It's just been over 100 days since our baby was born. As my wife and I are both new to childcare, we're always helping each other out. I'm not going to lie. It's still hard to believe I'm a father.&' He continued, &'Sometimes, I almost forget that I'm a father. I'll be busy doing things, then I would suddenly realize, 'Oh, yeah. I'm a father now!'&', then laughed. Then, Song Joong Ki unexpectedly asked the reporters, &'Would you like to see a video of my son?&' The video showed Song Joong Ki's son making cute cooing sounds, and Song Joong Ki making comments to him in Korean. Song Joong Ki's son had big eyes with double eyelids, and was smiling ear to ear, seeming really happy. After watching this video, one reporter went, &'I'm surprised that you speak Korean to your son.&' To this remark, Song Joong Ki replied, &'Yes. My wife and I often discuss which language to use to our son, actually. I use Korean and English when I speak to him. I switch between them depending on the situation.&' He added with an awkward laugh, &'But my English isn't that good yet, so...&' Back in January, Song Joong Ki announced that he and former British actress Katy Louise Saunders were married, and they were expecting a child. Katy Louise Saunders gave birth to their son in June. (Credit 'hi_songjoongki' Instagram) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.27 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] GOT7 BAMBAM Reveals that DAY6 Young K Was Actually Going to Debut as GOT7's Rapper
K-pop boy group GOT7's member BAMBAM revealed that boy band DAY6's member Young K was initially part of the pre-debut GOT7 team. On September 22, Young K guested on his former labelmate BAMBAM's YouTube show 'Bam House'. While BAMBAM introduced Young K to the viewers, he disclosed an astonishing fact about Young K. &'Guys, I've said this many times before, but... You know how I wasn't part of the pre-debut GOT7 team at first, right? Let me tell you something that may shock you. Young K was GOT7 before I was.&' &'2PM and 2AM members moved about the two groups before their official debut. And basically, Young K was like them. He was moved from GOT7 to DAY6 at the end. Another surprising thing is that he was the rapper of the pre-debut GOT7 team. He might have made his debut as GOT7.&' Young K, being reminded of his almost-forgotten past, went, &'Oh yeah! All the memories from that period are suddenly popping up in my mind.&' BAMBAM smiled, then asked, &'How much do you remember from the days when you were a trainee at JYP Entertainment? Is it okay to talk about anything from that time? I'm totally okay with it, but...&' Turning slightly red, Young K replied, &'Well, I'm not fine with that at all. This was exactly why I was scared to join your show!&', making BAMBAM crack up. After laughing together for a bit, Young K shared what he thought of BAMBAM back then, &'Looking at you, I thought, 'Wow, he's the perfect kind of person to be a singer.' It looked like you knew how to take pleasure in the spotlight.&' BAMBAM responded, &'Well, yeah. It's very important for singers to enjoy attention. And I love being at the center of attention. I am a total attention seeker.&' Young K explained that was not what he meant though, &'I didn't mean that you were trying to seek attention. You just knew ways to make yourself shine when you received attention.&' Then, he added, &'I wasn't like you. During my trainee days, I often called my parents, telling them that I wanted to quit. Even after my debut, I kept feeling like this career wasn't for me. But it got better for me as time passed. I definitely don't feel like that anymore. These days, I'm really enjoying performing and making music.&' (Credit '뱀집' YouTube) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.27 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Yubin Seen 'Liking' Boyfriend Kwon Soon-woo's Apology Issued After His Inappropriate Behavior
Yubin of disbanded K-pop girl group Wonder Girls showed the world that nothing is going to stop her from loving her boyfriend professional tennis player Kwon Soon-woo. On September 25, Kwon Soon-woo, ranked 112th in the world, played against No. 636 Kasidit Samrej from Thailand in the second round of Asian Games men's tennis. The Thai player shockingly defeated Kwon Soon-woo, and Kwon Soon-woo completely lost his calm and let his anger out on the court when the match ended. Kwon Soon-woo repeatedly smashed his racket into the court and up against the chair, destroying it into pieces. He also refused to shake hands with the chair umpire or Kasidit Samrej. Despite claims that Kwon Soon-woo and the Korean national team visited them to offer their apologies following the game, he gained more and more unfavorable press over time. Many Koreans criticized Kwon Soon-woo for his disrespectful behavior, saying things like players like him should not compete in tennis. They also turned to his girlfriend Yubin, and suggested she leave him because he is a 'violent' person. Then on September 26, Kwon Soon-woo apologized on his Instagram for what he did at the men's tennis match at the Asian Games. In his handwritten letter, Kwon Soon-woo wrote, &'I sincerely regret how I behaved after the match. As a member of the national team who represents Korea, I will once again think about what it means to wear the Korean national flag on my shirt.&' He added, &'In order to be a responsible player, I will be careful with all of my actions. I apologize to Kasidit Samrej, sports fans and all Koreans. I'm very sorry.&' Not long after Kwon Soon-woo uploaded the letter on Instagram, Yubin 'liked' the post, showing her firm love and support for him. It was back in May when Yubin and Kwon Soon-woo went public with their relationship; it marked Yubin's first time making her relationship public. ▶ [SBS Star] Yubin Confirms Her Relationship with '9-Year-Younger' Kwon Soon-woo (Credit 'soonwookwon' 'iluvyub' Instagram, 'SBS 뉴스' YouTube) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.27 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] LISA Goes to Paris Without Her Manager & Bodyguards; Fans Wonder If Everything Is Okay
LISA of K-pop girl group BLACKPINK was seen going to Paris for an official schedule all by herself. On September 24, LISA arrived at Incheon International Airport to fly to Paris, France. She arrived in her van, accompanied by her manager Wonjae, with whom most BLACKPINK fans are familiar. Her manager only checked in with her though; surprisingly, she entered the terminal by herself. Even when LISA arrived in Paris, she was escorted by only a few local bodyguards. This was a big surprise to fans, as she flew to Paris for an official schedule―to perform at the Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse Paris―not for her personal trip. LISA's manager wonjae just sent her to airport#LISA pic.twitter.com/C1LIbSUVmP ― ?? Midnight Sky ?? (@ninipoo_lilipoo) September 24, 2023 Even though it is almost the end of September and BLACKPINK's contract with YG Entertainment expired in August, the agency has not officially announced contract renewals for any of the members yet. Reports earlier in the month claimed that LISA rejected a 38-million-dollar contract offer from YG Entertainment. LISA reportedly received several lucrative offers from international record labels as well. However, YG Entertainment refuted the claims and insisted that talks to extend LISA's contract were still in progress. Fans are wondering if her trip alone had anything to do with her ongoing contract renewal talks with YG Entertainment. From Thailand, LISA is the main dancer and lead rapper of 2016-debuted BLACKPINK. (Credit Online Community) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.26 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Some Claim Actresses Should Not Get Facial Piecings; Tell Han So Hee to Remove Hers
Some people are criticizing actress Han So Hee for getting facial piercings. On September 25, Han So Hee went live on Instagram to spend some time with her fans. As soon as fans entered her Instagram live, they were surprised to see new facial piercings―two on the lips and one under her eye―on her. Without giving them any explanation, Han So Hee casually first said to fans, &'It hasn't been long since I got my lip piercings, so I might not be able to speak properly. But let me tell you what took me by surprise today. Since I got my new bangs and piercings, I didn't think anybody would recognize me on the street, but two girls asked me for photos. That made my day.&' Reading their still-surprised response in the comments, the actress finally went on to share why she got new piercings, &'I just wanted to get piercings here and there, because it was something that I wanted to do. I've never pierced my lips and undereye before, so yeah.&' &'I always can take them off when I have to for my roles, you know. I mean, I might even still be able to wear them if they go well with my roles. I heard that you might get scars if you keep these places pierced for too long, but I can get the scars removed. So, I didn't think it would be an issue.&' &'It was fun getting my piercings, although it hurt quite a bit, especially my lips. I'm not worried about anything like scars at the moment though. I've done something that I've wanted to do for a while, so it's all good.&' 피어싱 얘기!! 한번도 안 해본거라 해보고 싶어서 한거고 나중에 작품 찍을 때 도움이 된다면 유지할 생각 지금은 흉터 걱정할 시기는 아니라 걱정 안 해도 된대요?? 소히 하고싶은거 마음껏 다 하길!!!?? pic.twitter.com/L4JaClvPbg ― 콩 (@junk_soxee) September 25, 2023 Han So Hee is that one actress in Korea who always had her own style that occasionally deviated from conventional beauty standards. Most people enthusiastically praised her transformation, saying how they loved her new look. Some people were outright opposed to her having facial piercings though; they stated that it was because of her acting career. They explained that actresses should not have facial piercings as it would limit her roles, and that the editing team would have to work more hours trying to remove her piercing marks, which are unlikely to be welcomed in the majority of projects. They claimed that Han So Hee was being inconsiderate about all these things, and should remove them right away. In response to their remarks, those who support Han So Hee argued back, saying, &'It's honestly not your concern. It's her choice, and she said she took everything into account before getting them. Mine your own business!&' The two opposing points of view are still debating on Han So Hee's Instagram at the moment. pic.twitter.com/WY1V14jpQw ― @4hansohee (@hyoheefilm) September 25, 2023 (Credit 'xeesoxee' Instagram) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.26 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Concert Partner Says, " Lee Seung Gi Was 'Not Well' to Visit Restaurants, but Partied Until 2:30!"
Singer Lee Seung Gi's concert partner in the U.S. exposed the truth behind his 'not-too-well-to-visit' controversy. Back in August, Lee Seung Gi held his first-ever concert tour in the United States, stopping in three different cities, including Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. He did not perform in all three cities though; his New York concert was announced to be canceled a few days before the show due to some issues from the venue's side. But it was recently revealed that it was actually because the concert had disappointingly low ticket sales. ▶ [SBS Star] Lee Seung Gi's New York Concert Venue Accuses His Agency of Blaming Them for Cancellation Lee Seung Gi did perform in Atlanta after Los Angeles, but following a show there, he faced a massive backlash for what he did to his concert sponsors in Atlanta. Some Korean restaurants in Atlanta had sponsored his concert in exchange for his visit to their restaurants during his stay in the city, but Lee Seung Gi canceled it at the last minute, citing 'physical state recovery' reasons. As the controversy heated up online, Lee Seung Gi's agency Humanmade explained at the time, &'There was a verbal agreement of Lee Seung Gi visiting those restaurants, but we never formally agreed to it. We also didn't agree to dine with any of the customers. And the thing was, there was a hurricane on his way to the airport in Los Angeles. In addition to that, his flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta faced turbulence, leading to the shaking of the aircraft. So, Lee Seung Gi reached Atlanta by 10 PM.&' &'Given that he had a concert scheduled, we thought it was more crucial than anything else to ensure that he was fully recovered in time for the performance. The concert was the most important scheduled activity at that time. Lee Seung Gi and his team therefore thought it was best to prioritize the people present at the concert.&' Then on September 23, media outlet ATLANTAK published an exclusive report on Lee Seung Gi, detailing his Atlanta issue; Lee Seung Gi's concert local partner Hugh Entertainment stepped forward and told ATLANTAK about it. First, Hugh Entertainment stated why they got Korean restaurants to sponsor Lee Seung Gi's Atlanta concert in the first place. &'To be honest, Lee Seung Gi's Atlanta show was on the verge of being canceled. Just 305 tickets were sold for his Atlanta show, and to break even, 1,210 should have been sold. His show in L.A. didn't do so well, but we pushed through it. It was too much for us to push through his Atlanta show as well, but we decided not to cancel it for Lee Seung Gi. It was a big decision for us.&' &'We needed to take action about the low ticket sales though. That was why we arranged for some Korean restaurants to sponsor his concert. They spent hundreds of dollars on concert tickets in the hope that Lee Seung Gi's visit to their restaurants would boost their business.&' To back up their statement, they provided ATLANTAK some texts that they received from Lee Seung Gi's agency Humanmade CEO, which confirmed their consent for Lee Seung Gi to stop by the restaurants while in Atlanta for pictures and autographs. Next, Hugh Entertainment shared how upset they felt about everything that happened in Atlanta, &' Lee Seung Gi's agency claimed that he was unable to visit the restaurants due to his poor condition after traveling from L.A. to Atlanta. But that's hard to believe, because Lee Seung Gi and his team partied until 2:30 in the morning after his Atlanta show.&' They added, &'I can't get rid of the feeling that they had already made up an excuse not to visit the restaurants before even coming to Atlanta.&' &'One restaurant misinformed their customers by saying that Lee Seung Gi would be dining with them, but they quickly corrected their error. To avoid any misunderstandings, we let Lee Seung Gi's agency know about this right away. However, Lee Seung Gi's agency took an advantage of this mistake, and blamed the restaurants for his cancellation to visit. I felt bad for the Korean restaurants that sponsored him. It's not their fault at all....SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.26 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Lee Seung Gi's New York Concert Venue Accuses His Agency of Blaming Them for Cancellation
Singer Lee Seung Gi's New York concert cancellation was confirmed to be due to the weak concert ticket sales. Last month, Lee Seung Gi kicked off his first-ever U.S. concert tour 'The Dreamer's Dream - Chapter 2' that he scheduled to visit three cities, including Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. But following his Atlanta concert, Lee Seung Gi's agency Humanmade announced that the New York show was canceled, and it was speculated that this may be because of the low sales of concert tickets. However, Lee Seung Gi's agency quickly clarified that it was due to some issues from the venue's side. Then on September 23, media outlet ATLANTAK released a report on Lee Seung Gi regarding his concert in New York. According to the report, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where Lee Seung Gi was planned to perform his New York show, accused Lee Seung Gi's agency of engaging in 'media play', spoiling the reputation of the venue. They angrily told Lee Seung Gi's concert local partner Hugh Entertainment, &'It's totally unacceptable that Lee Seung Gi's agency claimed our venue was to blame for the cancellation of his concert. It's like, we were made the scapegoat for the cancellation.&' To ATLANTAK, Hugh Entertainment also shared messages that had been exchanged between their staff and Lee Seung Gi's agency Humanmade CEO. In their conversation, Humanmade CEO was seen telling Hugh Entertainment staff, &'Can we avoid mentioning the ticket sales in the reasons for the cancellation? We can't publicize that the sales were low. We don't even want a hint of that in the reasons. We believe 'circumstances at the local venue' will be the best option to go for.&' Hugh Entertainment told ATLANTAK, &'At that time when we were having this conversation, only about 250 tickets were sold for Lee Seung Gi's concert in New York. The show had to be canceled because it needed to sell 1,704 tickets to break even.&' They continued, &'We received a complaint email from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center after Lee Seung Gi's agency issued a statement using the venue as an excuse for cancellation.&' (Credit 'byhumanmade' Instagram) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.26 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Yu Jae Seok Tells Lee Dong Hwi, "Hoyeon Recently Gifted Me Hats that She Stole from You"
Entertainer Yu Jae Seok told actor Lee Dong Hwi a new fact about his longtime girlfriend model-turned-actress Jung Hoyeon that took him by surprise. On September 23, a new episode of Yu Jae Seok's YouTube show 'Pinggyego', featuring Lee Dong Hwi and another actor Kang Ha Neul, was unveiled online. During their conversation, Yu Jae Seok mentioned that he goes to the same gym as Jung Hoyeon― Lee Dong Hwi's 8-year girlfriend. Yu Jae Seok said, &'Some time ago, I met Hoyeon at the gym. When I met her, I joked, 'Hoyeon, you should give me one of your hats. It's my birthday soon.' And she was like, 'Umm... I'll have to think about that.'&' &'A few days later, we bumped into each other at the gym again. She asked me, 'I'm about to go out and buy a hat, what kind of hats do you like?' I told her that I didn't say that to her because I wanted her to buy me one though.&' &'But I joked again, 'Alright then, you know what? Just get me one of Dong Hwi's. He's got a lot of hats, doesn't he?' She walked away, saying, 'Oh, okay. That might be a good idea!'&' While listening to Yu Jae Seok's words, Lee Dong Hwi covered his mouth in surprise. Once Yu Jae Seok was done speaking, Lee Dong Hwi instantly commented, &'That explains why she took a bunch of my hats the other day!&' Yu Jae Seok stated, &'I was actually going to put one of them on today to see if you recognized it to be yours. But I totally forgot to put it on this morning.&', then sighed hard. Then, Lee Dong Hwi explained, &'Hoyeon's got many hats herself, but she was suddenly like, 'I don't own hats like these.' and took like six or seven of them home. Actually, I thought it was really weird at that time, as she sounded so awkward.&' Shrugging his shoulders, he resumed, &'I wonder why she didn't just say that she wanted to give my hats to you.&', then he laughingly added, &'Anyway, I'm glad that I was able to get you something for your birthday, Jae Seok, even though it wasn't my intention.&' (Credit '뜬뜬 DdeunDdeun' YouTube, 'hoooooyeony' Instagram) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.25 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] "First, We Don't Really Care About Each Other" Krystal Tells Why She Is So Close to Jessica
Actress/K-pop girl group f(x)'s member Krystal revealed why she believes she is so close to her 5-year-older sister Jessica. On September 22, Krystal's interview took place at one coffee shop in Jongno-gu, Seoul. Since her upcoming movie 'Cobweb' is to be released next Wednesday, Krystal mainly discussed the film during the interview. About halfway through the interview, one of the reporters brought up the VIP premiere of 'Cobweb' two days ago, specifically mentioning Jessica's attendance. Given that Jessica came to the event, Krystal was asked whether Jessica monitors all her projects and gives her any advice. Krystal answered, &'To be honest, we don't care about each other that much. Although we support each other in our hearts, we don't really talk about work-related stuff with one another. A lot of the time, I don't even know what she's up to, work-wise.&' &''Cobweb' was that one project that I was desperate to join, and Jessica knew that. I was jumping around in joy when I got the part in it. Jessica arrived in Korea on the day of the VIP premiere, which suggested that she had come all the way to Korea just for me. Well, at least, that's how I saw it.&' She laughed, then added, &'It seemed like she wanted to show me her support. I wanted her to see the movie, and I'm glad that she did. I was happy that she could make it this time, because she wasn't able to come to the VIP premiere of 'More than Family' in 2020.&' Following that, Krystal cutely complained that Jessica would not stop repeating some of her lines in the movie after watching it. Then, Krystal shared that the only thing Jessica said about her movie was, &'I enjoyed it.&', and noted that they usually do not get into details regarding work, and that is what keeps them close. She explained, &'Here's what I think. It just isn't necessary for us to have such deep conversations about our work because we acknowledge that each of us is on our own path and both respect that. That's probably why we're close.&' (Credit 'vousmevoyez' Instagram) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.22 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Lee Jeong-hyeon Shares Disappointment About Having Little Screen Time on 'Boys Planet'
Lee Jeong-hyeon of rookie K-pop boy group EVNNE said he was disappointed with little screen time on 'Boys Planet'. On September 16, the four members of EVNNE guested on a YouTube show hosted by YouTuber Jonathan. Since the four of them were all contestants of Mnet's survival audition show 'Boys Planet', the conversation centered around their experience on the show. In the middle of their talk, Jonathan said to Lee Jeong-hyeon, &'You didn't have much screen time throughout the show, but you made it to the finals. How impressive! Your talent seemed to have earned you a spot in the finals.&' Chuckling, Lee Jeong-hyeon responded, &'Before I joined 'Boys Planet', I was confident that I would attract quite a bit of attention, because I had trained really hard until then. But I couldn't find myself in any of the group performances that I participated in.&' He continued, &'If I'm being honest with you, I was very upset about that. I was disappointed that I only appeared on the show for my reactions, not for my performances.&', then sighed. After that, Lee Jeong-hyeon mentioned his performance finally making it to the trailer later on; he said he was happy even though it was for a second, &'At least my performance made it to television for a second, right? And... Some 'Boys Planet' fans trimmed the trailer and uploaded only the part where I performed online. The second video went viral on social media.&' The three other members of EVNNE nodded and confirmed that Lee Jeong-hyeon worked truly hard to get a spot in the finals despite the setbacks he faced due to lack of screen time. Then, Jonathan asked if there was anything Lee Jeong-hyeon wanted to say to 'Boys Planet' producer now that the show was over. Lee Jeong-hyeon rapped, saying, &'My performances had no screen time, but I still managed to make it to the 'top', because PD-nim, you're at the 'top' yourself.&' Jonathan and the other members cheered for Lee Jeong-hyeon at the end of his honest yet respectful rap. (Credit '디글 :Diggle' YouTube, Mnet Boys Planet) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.19 | 방송/연예