Kim Gu-ra’s Personal Life
Kim Gu-ra ever married with Lee Shin-jung in 1997. Lee Shin-jung gave birth on November 10, 1998 for their only son named Kim Dong-hyun, or more familiar with his stage name MC Gree. MC Gree is a South Korean rapper, singer, actor and television personality signed to Brand New Music.
Unfortunately, after 18 years of marriage, Kim Gu-ra finally decided to divorce with his wife. This was a hard decision for him since they had been together for a long time. All about the divorce was explained in his public letter which he released on the afternoon of August 25, 2015 through his agency Line Entertainment.
He said, “During the past two years and four months when issues within our household grew more problematic, we argued countless times. But as our words became more sharp, we hurt each other even more.” He continued, “We have received counseling at the hospital, and last year, we spent time apart for three months. Through these series of events and communication, we came to our senses, and decided to end our married relationship, realizing that the gap between us cannot be closed. I concluded that it is best to give my all at being Dong-hyun’s parent. Coming to such a decision, I couldn’t ignore what my mother had to say.”
He also said that Dong-hyun would be stay with him until his adult age, because he was still in the second year of high school at the time. He promised to contact his ex-wife whenever possible and Dong-hyun could visit his mother whenever he want.
Later at a SBS’s Healing Camp, he honestly revealed that the problem with his ex-wife was about her debts. He also started to suffer panic attack disorder and had to be hospitalized. He felt sorry for his son at the time due to the bad situation for two years.
On July 25, 2018 at the airing time of MBC’s Radio Star, Kim Gu-ra revealed that he planned to married again because he didn’t want to be alone. He also said that he took Choi Soo-jong as his role model in marriage. He said, “Choi Soo Jong is my role model. I want to live holy the rest of my life like Choi Soo Jong. I plan to enjoy tea time with a wife every day like hyung-nim.” Well, let’s hope the best for him and his son.
Kim Gu-ra’s Scandals
Sexual Assault In Front of Camera
Recently, there’s a video spreading about Kim Gu-ra in an old TV Show. The video is first uploaded by @tuna1can without any further information about the name and the date of the show. People were surprised seeing that video, because Kim Gu-ra seemed like judging some women’s breasts, and even touch them with his fingers.
프로그램 이름이 젖감별사래요…
— 후장의 숲 (@tuna1can) February 1, 2019
Netizens were angry and confused because that kind of program could be aired at the time, showing inappropriate act of Kim Gu-ra.
Commented About Lee Hyori’s Breast
Before being as active as now, Kim Gu-ra used to hosted an internet show with a comedian Hwang Bong-al around 2001 to 2005. He used to talked freely at the show and some of his statement become sensation in internet.
One of the hot topics was the breast surgery rumors of Lee Hyori. At the time, Kim Gu-ra said some inappropriate mocking words towards Lee Hyori. Because of this, Kim Gu-ra said that he felt sorry to Lee Hyori and wanted to apologize directly if there’s any chance.
In 2013, Lee Hyori and Kim Gu-ra hugged each other in a show titled Hwashin, showing that they already in peace.
Harsh Comments in Radio Star
Kim Gu-ra is one of the permanent host of MBC’s Radio Star. In this show, he used to talked about some topics with his guest. But, he quite often stated some harsh comments in that show. One of them when he talked about premature baldness of BTOB Peniel when a boy group SechKies came into the show.
He said, “Isn’t there an idol who recently said that he had premature baldness even though he was only in his 20s? But I see none of you (SechsKies) suffer from baldness through you are in your 40s.” Hearing this statement, Melody (fans of BTOB) become super angry because he mocked their idols.
Because of his harsh statements towards some celebrities, viewers demand that Kim Gu-ra and the production team released their apologizes. They finally did what the viewers demand.
Comments About Sex Slavery Victims in Japanese Colonial Era
This is one of the biggest controversy of Kim Gu-ra. In 2012, a webcast record of Kim Gu-ra in 2002 spreading out. At the video, he gave his inappropriate comments about the sex slavery victims in Japanese Colonial era.
“Around 80 of commercial sex workers fight about their humanity rights to police. They sat in a rent bus to the National Human Rights Commission to protest. Maybe this was the first time they sat in a bus since the world war II. I believe the driver is also erected,” He said.
This controversial statement make people angry and mad to him, because sex slavery while South Korea in the Japanese colonial era is very sensitive topics. The comedian released his official apologize and hiatus from every show he hosted. After some months, he comeback to host a show in TV.
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