As 2023 draws to a close, the Korean entertainment industry witnessed several high-profile celebrity breakups, leaving fans both surprised and saddened. From brief romances to long-term relationships, here’s a look back at some of the notable separations of the year.
Jisoo and Ahn Bo-Hyun’s Short-Lived Romance
BLACKPINK’s Jisoo and actor Ahn Bo-Hyun, after confirming their relationship in August, parted ways within a few months. Citing busy schedules as the reason, their breakup was confirmed by Jisoo’s agency, YG Entertainment.
Yulhee and Choi Minhwan’s End of a Chapter
Yulhee, formerly of LABOUM, and Choi Minhwan of FTISLAND, announced their decision to separate, ending their journey as a couple. She shared a heartfelt message with fans, emphasizing the mutual decision after considerable discussions.
Wonder Girls’ Yubin and Kwon Soon-Woo Part Ways
Yubin, formerly of Wonder Girls, and tennis pro Kwon Soon-Woo ended their relationship, confirmed by RRR Entertainment. The breakup followed Yubin’s removal of photos with Kwon from her Instagram, sparking initial speculations.
Speculations Around RED VELVET’s Joy and Crush
RED VELVET’s Joy unfollowing her boyfriend, Crush, on Instagram led to rumours of a breakup. The couple, publicly dating since 2021, had been a favourite topic among K-pop fans.
Lee Hyeri and Ryu Jun-Yeol’s Seven-Year Romance Concludes
Lee Hyeri and Ryu Jun-Yeol, who became a couple after starring in Reply 1988, ended their nearly seven-year relationship. They reportedly plan to remain friends despite parting ways as lovers.
Baek Jin-Hee and Yoon Hyun-Min’s Seven-Year Relationship Ends
Actors Baek Jin-Hee and Yoon Hyun-Min, after dating for seven years, split up. Their busy work schedules were cited as a contributing factor to their breakup.
BTS’ V and BLACKPINK’s Jennie’s Rumored Relationship
Close to BTS’ V’s military enlistment, rumours surfaced that he and BLACKPINK’s Jennie had ended their relationship. Although never officially confirmed, their rumoured romance had been a hot topic after being spotted together in Paris.
2023 saw the end of several relationships in the Korean entertainment world, from brief romances to long-standing partnerships. These celebrity breakups remind us of the complexities of love and relationships, especially under the spotlight of fame.