Netizens question the source of the dating rumor between AKMU’s Lee Chanhyuk and fromis_9’s Saerom.
On October 18th, the YouTube channel Sojang said in a video, “Lee Chanhyuk and Saerom posted pictures of the same place, but there is a one-month difference. Still, it’s the same place, so they are definitely dating. Also, the two are wearing rings with a similar design, but the colors are different in gold and silver. Still, they seem to be dating because they have Hongdae sensibility. Also, the two were both using green phone cases.”
Netizens who watched the video of Sojang raised suspicions about the dating rumors by leaving comments such as, “It’s Sojang so the credibility has dropped”, “I don’t believe this”, and “The most important thing is missing.”
However, there were also reactions that Lee Chanhyuk and Saerom might actually be dating, such as, “There are eyewitness accounts that actually saw them in a studio together” and “The two of them posted photos in the same space, so they must be dating right?”
The account owner of Sojang has spread hate to multiple idols online, including Facebook, Twitter, DC Inside, Instiz, and Tistory, since the days since first-generation idols were popular. Sojang is now known to be a woman in her mid to late 40s.
In particular, Sojang has been heavily criticized by K-pop fandoms for intensively posting rumors about aespa members, IVE’s Jang Wonyoung, and BTS’s V. Sojang has a history of making baseless claims about Jang Wonyoung and recruiting part-timers to write malicious comments about her such as “she copies Freezia” and “The members are not on good terms.”
In response, Starship Entertainment has announced that it will take legal action against false information and malicious comments related to its artists from 2019.
On the other hand, Wikitree tried to contact YG Entertainment and Pledis Entertainment several times to confirm the dating rumors, but neither agency could be reached.