The Most *Heartbreaking* Korean Celeb Couple Breakups In Recent Years

How many times have we dreaded the line 'They have decided to remain good friends?'
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Dating issues are a huge deal for Korean celebrities. Fans can get overprotective (admit it: WE DO), so actors and idols alike are very careful when it comes to announcing their romantic relationship with someone. So much so that whenever their agencies make official *statements*, it's always big news! This makes celebrity breakups even harder to accept because one day you'll wake up to find that your fave couple has decided to part ways!  

Here, we compiled five of the most heartbreaking breakups from recent years: 

1. Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo (June 2019) 

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Their relationship: The couple fell in love while working together on the hit drama Descendants Of The Sun! In 2016, They were spotted on a dinner date in New York and on vacay in Bali, Indonesia, but their respective managements denied the rumors and said that Joong Ki and Hye Kyo only saw each other as friends and colleagues. That, of course, was not the case because they got engaged in July 2017 and tied the knot in a fairytale-like wedding ceremony on October 31, 2017! 

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The breakup: On June 27, 2019, the couple released statements announcing their divorce. "The reason [for the divorce] is differences in personality, and because the two were unable to overcome their differences, they were forced to come to this decision," Hye Kyo's management said. "We respectfully ask for your understanding in regards to the fact that we cannot confirm any further details out of respect for the two actors' personal lives."

Who they're dating now: NO. ONE. Please, our hearts are not yet ready. 

2. Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk (August 2018) 

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Their relationship: The two actors worked together on the show Cheese In The Trap (2016) as minor characters and later starred in the series Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016 to 2017). They have a four-year age gap since Lee Sung Kyung was born in 1990 while Nam Joo Hyuk was born in 1994.

During a press conference in January 2017, Joo Hyuk said that he was ready to fall in love! And on April 2017, after multiple rumors that they were ~more than friends~, Korean news agencies reported that they were indeed dating! 

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The breakup: On August 2017, Soompi reported that the couple had decided to part ways. According to their representatives, they naturally grew apart due to busy schedules and had decided to maintain a supportive senior-junior relationship. Fans, of course, had their own theories. Some believed that the breakup announcement was a move by the couple's agency, YG Entertainment, to boost their careers. 

Who they're dating now: Both stars are currently single and are busy with their individual projects. 

3. Lee Min Ho and Bae Suzy (November 2017) 

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Their relationship: Min Ho dated Suzy for two years, from 2015 to 2017. Their relationship became public after photos of them together in London circulated online. Despite the fact that they never worked on a drama together and had super hectic schedules, Min Ho and Suzy's relationship stayed ~strong~. In fact, they were spotted wearing matching couple rings in 2016! The couple celebrated their second anniversary in April 2017 and even threw a party for their friends. 

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The breakup: Their respective agencies, JYP Entertainment and MYM Entertainment, confirmed that the couple broke up due to private issues in November 2017. Fans believed that their relationship started going downhill around the time Min Ho enlisted for military service. 

In February 2018, rumors that they'd gotten back together surfaced online, which made fans go (understandably) cray! However, they were in for another blow when the pair's agencies put a stop to the speculations, saying that the couple was not dating. 

Who they're dating now: After their breakup, Lee Min Ho focused on military service while Suzy dated actor Lee Dong Wook for four months in 2018.  

4. Kai and Jennie (January 2019)

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Their relationship: Theirs, sadly, was a short-lived relationship! Kai of EXO and Jennie from BLACKPINK reportedly spent some time together in France during Paris Fashion Week in October 2018 and photos of the two enjoying a late night dinner date in November circulated online. On January 1, 2019, Kai's agency SM Entertainment released a statement that said, "Kai and Jennie have become fond of each other," therefore confirming the rumors! Fans, as expected, went totally wild.  

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The breakup: On January 25, 2019, Kai and Jennie broke up...just like that. The reason? It was a mutual decision between the two idols, for the sake of their respective groups and fan bases. Aww.  

Who they're dating now: Both are focusing on their careers, but have agreed to continue supporting each other and maintaining a professional relationship. 

5. Lee Dong Wuk and Bae Suzy (June 2018) 

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Their relationship: Suzy started dating fellow actor Lee Dong Wook in March 2018. They met at a small, private gathering, hit it off, and started getting to know each other better. After the news broke out, fans were quick to remember that Suzy named Dong Wook as her ideal man during a 2012 interview! SO CUTE. Dong Wook reportedly fell for Suzy's positive and down to earth personality.   

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The breakup: They parted ways in June 2018 and some fans were quick to label Suzy as the "Asian Taylor Swift" and accusing her of being a serial dater because their relationship lasted for only four months! Their respective managements announced that the couple broke up because of their busy schedules, which made it difficult for them to meet.  

Who they're dating now: As far as we know, both are currently single!

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