SEOUL: Korean singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong issued a public apology to his ex-girlfriend on his official website on Monday (Sept 15), reported Korean media. This comes days after he spent about hours speaking to the police over assault charges filed against him by his ex-girlfriend last month.

“Hello. I’m Kim Hyun-joong. This matter has hurt a girl whom I’ve loved for two years, both mentally and physically. I am really sorry.

“I have done what a man should never do and feel very ashamed. This matter is completely my fault. I once again apologise to her, as well as her family and friends. I hope she can accept my apology and forgive me,” wrote Kim.

“I will learn from this and strive to become a healthy, upright person.”

Kim had admitted to the police that he had accidentally hit his ex-girlfriend during a physical altercation, but denied charges that he had assaulted her on numerous occasions between May and July this year.

The singer-actor's lawyers said that his ex-girlfriend has decided to drop all charges against him following the apology.


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Many were worried about how singer-actors Rain and f(x)'s Krystal Jung would portray a romantic relationship, especially when their ages are twelve years apart, but the two celebrities didn't think of this as a problem.

During the press conference for "My Lovely Girl," Rain addressed the issue, and said, "We work well together, and the age gap is barely noticeable."

He continued, "Krystal is junior to me as an artist, and I'm also a fan of her group. Because actors need to bond before the production, I gathered everyone for a meal, and because of that, we became closer."

"We have a twelve year age gap between us, and although it's my first time acting with someone that younger than me, it doesn't seem that way with her because she's very mature and smart.  I think our mental worlds are of the same level. We think the same and we interact well, but most of all, I'm glad that she listens to me and heeds my advice."

To this, Krystal shared her thoughts, "He takes good care of me as his junior. When there's something I need help with, he assists me thoroughly and gives me lots of advice, and when we're on break and we're all tired, he talks to me. I don't feel the age gap as well. We're really similar in the way we think."

"My Lovely Girl" is scheduled to premiere on September 17.

KDrama Stars

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K-pop idol group Girls’ Generation recently renewed the contract with its current label SM Entertainment, Korean news outlets reported Monday.

All of the group’s nine members -- Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sunny, Jessica, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung and Yoona -- extended the management contract with SM before it expired in August.

With the renewed contract, Girls’ Generation will stick together for at least three more years, K-pop insiders said.

The nontet first signed the seven-year contract with the entertainment powerhouse in 2007 to debut as Girls’ Generation.

Seven years ago, the uncelebrated rookie girls may have had no power to negotiate terms and conditions of the contract. But this time, each member individually sat down with the agency and signed the contract on different conditions, according to the reports.

The members of Girls’ Generation are now actively pursuing solo careers in films, dramas and TV shows.

Most recently, the band’s spin-off trio TaeTiseo -- consisting of Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun -- unveiled their second EP, “Holler,” on Tuesday, immediately topping four major music charts at home.

Korea Herald

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Singer BoA and her father were recently charged for misusing a part of their property, which is located in a greenbelt in Namyangju, Gyeonggi, the city government there said Sunday.

They were fined 50 million won ($48,000).

The two were busted when some government officials investigated their land after responding to a civil complaint, the Namyangju city government said.

BoA and her father were convicted of developing a detached property by illegally connecting it to a residential building. The facility was supposed to store farming tools or be used as a resting place only as it is part of the greenbelt, the city government said.

Greenbelt areas are regulated by strict laws in order to protect the land.

BoA’s father, who was only identified by his surname, Kwon, denied the charges, saying that “the separate building is practically the same as 10 years ago” when he first made the purchase.

Kwon bought the farmland and forest fields in Namyangju in 2004 and 2009 under his daughter’s name.

BoA and her father currently live in separate homes.

JoongAng Daily

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Kim Kwang-soo, head of girl group T-ara’s agency, Core Content Media, is under investigation for embezzling company funds, local media reported yesterday.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office is currently looking into whether the 53-year-old CEO mishandled company money, including 4 billion won ($3.92 million) that Kim Kwang-jin, the former chairman of Hyundai Swiss Savings Bank, paid to the agency for his son’s debut.

The son, Kim Jong-wook, 32, is a trainee singer under Core Content Media.

When news reports suggested yesterday morning that the CEO had been indicted, the man himself announced through his lawyer in a press release that the reports were “false” and were based on “exaggeration.”

“If I shall be summoned by the prosecutors’ office, I will comply and prove I am absolutely innocent,” he stated in a press release.

JoongAng Daily

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Subin, from the girl group Dal Shabet made her return to music yesterday, just four months after she was involved in a car accident.

Along with Dal Shabet’s five other members, the young singer took to the stage yesterday to open the 2014 Let’s Run PARK Open Tournament, a horse-racing competition that was held at the Seoul Horse Race Park in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi.

“Subin has recovered enough to sing and dance on stage,” an insider from her agency, Happy Face Entertainment, was quoted as saying by Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily. “She has solely focused on recovery during the past four months, and she desperately wishes to perform on stage again.”

The 20-year-old was injured in a car accident on May 23, on her way from Busan to Seoul, after the van in which she was riding overturned on a highway near Ulsan after running into the median. She was transported to a nearby hospital, where it was announced that she had fractured her wrist and had multiple bruises.

JoongAng Daily

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K-pop idol band Teen Top has returned as matured men showing off their manly image.
On September 15th, Teen Top held a press conference for its new mini album 'ÉXITO' at the Mecenatpolis Lotte Card Art Center located in Mapo-gu, Seoul. Coming back in a year with a new album, the youngest member of the group has turned 20, which means they all returned as matured grown-ups.
This new album 'ÉXITO' means 'success' or 'good result' in Spanish. 'Missing(Not Easy)' is a slow-groove R&B dance track about a man who cannot get over a breakup and still missing her. Featuring the group's deep voice, 'Missing' is produced by Black Eyed Pilseung (Rado and Choi Kyu Sung), who gained recognition by many hit songs including SISTAR's 'Touch My Body.'
Also, the group will show sentimental performances on the stage expressing the feelings of a man who lost his lover.

KBS Global

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The former screen darling returned to Taiwan for the mid-Autumn festival and recorded Buddhist songs


In the blink of an eye, Taiwanese former screen darling Joey Wong has bowed out of the limelight for the past 12 years. The 47-year-old currently resides in Canada but frequent sightings of the star have allowed her fans to be updated on her activities.

A recent upload showed Joey on the cover of a Buddhist CD donning a simple Buddhist robe. The uploader shared that she lent her vocals to the recording of the song for Taiwan's Ling Yen Shan Monastery.

She is reported to also have attended a ceremony for the release of the song on September 13. After listening to the tune, fans have expressed their emotions with comments such as, 'A voice that I've found familiar and missed a lot, I hope for the best for Joey' and 'I feel comforted by hearing her voice ' it sounds the same even though we haven't heard it in a while. The way she sang it reminds me of (her character) Xiaoqian (from Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio)'.

Eagle-eyed fans also spotted the star in Taiwan for the recent Mid-Autumn festival, sharing, 'I was having dinner in the garden behind the 'Mid-Autumn in Yang Ming Shan' festival and met Joey by chance. She was at the table behind us, celebrating the festival with her family.'

There have been numerous reports over the years of Joey finally making her showbiz comeback but none have proven true thus far.



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The 45-year-old actress said that her fiancé's parents treat her extremely well


Taiwanese artiste Annie Yi recently declared on Weibo that she will be tying the knot with her boyfriend, Chinese actor Qin Hao who is 10 years her junior, in February.

Qin Hao had successfully proposed to the actress in Turkey on Jul 14.

Annie wrote: 'Mr. Qin is a serious man with a huge sense of responsibility. Even though he looks like a player and was once a fan of freedom, I will always remember him saying that he'd rather have a home than to roam.'

The multi-hyphenate also added that Qin Hao's parents are very nice to her, which is the main reason why she agreed to walk down the aisle again.


In a separate post, Annie refuted rumours stating that she had 'forced' her boyfriend to marry her by getting pregnant. 'I think this is very unfair to Mr. Qin. Actually, he had already brought up the topic of marriage when we got together,' she reiterated.

Annie divorced from Taiwanese singer-songwriter Harlem Yu in 2009, after nine years of marriage and birth of their son Harry. The 45-year-old has been dating Qin Hao for over a year.



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_16ME007_.jpgWong Yau Nam, Charlene Choi and Anthony Wong in GANGSTER PAY DAY
Anthony Wong Chau Sun and Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin starred in the film GANGSTER PAY DAY (DAI CHA FAN) after being invited to be the Busan International Film Festival closing film earlier was invited to participate in the San Diego Asian Film Festival as well. The film's subject was the decline of the mob, through which the Hong Kong community transition phenomena were on display. The Hong Kong audience could relate. The film also starred Chan Wai Man, Ng Chi Hung, Joe Cheung Tung Cho and others. The event praised that this film was very moving and full of Hong Kong nostalgia; director Lee Po Cheung hoped that the film would be able to provide foreign viewers more understanding of Hong Kong.


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