IU and Jang Kiha have been Dating?!
The matter of dating currently still taboo in Korea, and some artists have tried their best to hide their relationships from the public to protect their careers and keep the fans from turning their backs against them. But others among them have also given a code about their relationships and even announced them to the public.
IU and Jang Kiha were an example of where the artists confirmed their relationship. Why? How? When did their relationship start? We are here to share the information with you, so buckle up, and let’s get started!
A Brief Introduction of IU and Jang Kiha
A famous and talented Korean singer, song writer, and actress, Lee Ji Eun is also known as IU. She started her career in 2008, and has had many popular songs, such as Good Day, a song that became well known for IU’s legendary 3-octave high notes, 23 where IU showed off her mature side, Pallette, where IU collaborated with G-dragon, and many others. In 2018, IU also released two songs, the first was Soulmate, featuring Zico, and BBI BBI, which topped the Korean music charts.
IU isn’t only known for her music, but also for her kindness towards other people. She always separates her money to make donations to various organizations without the media knowing about it, and really cares for her fans and staff. She’s even bought gifts for her staff to show her gratitude towards them for helping her all this time.
Born on February 20, 1982, Jang Kiha is known as a Korean song writer, radio host, and actor. In 2008 he debuted with an indie rock band called Kiha & The Faces, and their first single was Cheap Coffee. The song was a huge hit, making his band become one of the most popular indie rock groups in South Korea.
Around 2012, Jang Kiha become the host for Jang Kiha’s Great Radio on SBS Power FM, but in 2015 he decided to leave the show, to focus more on the music industry. That same year, he debuted as an actor and played a supporting role on the daily sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3.
IU and Jang Kiha’s Relationship Details
Confirmation That IU and Jang Kiha Are Dating
After being suspected to be dating, the couple finally admitted to the relationship!
On October 8, 2015, the local news media organization, Dispatch, exposed the celebrities’ love life, reporting that IU and Jang Kiha had been dating since March, 2015. They found the time to see each other, despite busy schedule they had. One example was when IU immediately went to see Jang Kiha after returning from her trip to Shanghai on August 30. On September 7, IU when straight to Mapo after returning from Hong Kong. It was known that they spent their time together at each other’s houses.
According to Dispatch, when neither of them were busy, Jang Kiha would be the one who would visit IU, driving to Yong San with his Hyundai i30 car. For their date outfits, they dressed casually, in dark-colored clothing, but they also often used masks to further protect themselves from view.
The couple’s relationship was quickly confirmed by their agency, LOEN Entertainment, through an official statement. The agency explained, “The two people are currently dating after developing feeling for each other while exchanging discussions about music as colleagues, beginning two years ago”. They also asked the public to support the pair, so that the two could continue their relationship as musicians and colleagues together.
Despite their 11-year age gap, they had a lot to talk about with each other, especially about music. According to Dispatch, an acquaintance said that IU and Jang Kiha connected through music, and their relationship naturally developed into romantic feelings.
Here’s a picture where IU attended Jang Kiha’s band’s concert:
The First Encounter Between IU and Jang Kiha
Here is the first moment between IU and Jang Kiha that was caught on camera!
On one of the episode of the KBS2 show Entertainment Weekly, which was aired on October 10, they released a tape where Jang Kiha was a DJ on a radio show and IU was the guest.
Jang Kiha started the radio session by saying, “Everyone says that when you see IU for the first time, you are struck by her beauty and that you don’t know what to say,” while saying that, Jang Kiha clearly looked really excited to meet her. IU then laughed at his comment and answered, “I guess we’ve been talking about ourselves to much”.
They continued their conversation through the radio broadcast, and one of the listeners even pointed out that the two didn’t seem interested in the listeners, at all.
Here is the video of when IU and Jang Kiha met at the radio station, check it out below!