Ex-lovers Seo Ye-ji and Kim Jung-hyun speak out on text message scandal

Ok-drama actress Seo Ye-ji has launched a press release about allegedly manipulating her then-boyfriend Kim Jung-hyun whereas he was filming 2018 drama Time.

Kim has apologised on social media and is claimed to be affected by psychological well being points.

The administration company of the It’s Okay To Not Be Okay (2020) actress stated on Tuesday (April 13): “After checking with Kim Jung-hyun’s representatives, we obtained clear affirmation that the controversy relating to the drama didn’t happen due to Seo Yea-ji and he expressed his intent to launch his personal assertion relating to this.”

The controversy had come to gentle on Monday when leisure information portal Dispatch launched text messages that it claimed have been between the 2 actors, who met on the set of 2018 film Stay With Me.

In the messages, Seo, 31, had commanded Kim to take away all “skinship” scenes – the time period refers to intimate, non-sexual touching – in addition to to behave stern to feminine workers on the set of Time. Kim, 31, additionally needed to ship her movies from the set for her to watch his actions.

The assertion from Seo’s company refuted this. “Logically talking, it’s troublesome to simply accept the controversial report {that a} drama’s main actor would act precisely as another person advised him to towards his personal free will.”

It framed the messages as a lovers’ tiff and stated essential bits had been left out, resembling Kim’s requests to Seo, who was capturing a distinct drama, to not movie kiss scenes.

“So Seo Yea-ji additionally advised him, ‘Then you should not do it both’,” it continued, saying these have been “conversations of lovers exhibiting jealousy about one another’s bodily contact with others”.

It added: “This will be seen as a standard lovers’ quarrel between actors who’re relationship.”

Kim, greatest identified for his roles in Crash Landing On You (2019) and Mr Queen (2020), posted a handwritten apology on social media a day later on Wednesday.

“The drama Time was the primary work wherein I performed the lead function, so it was additionally a really significant undertaking to me. But I introduced deep disappointment and ache upon the director, screenwriter, fellow actors and workers. I apologise,” he wrote.

He had allegedly requested many script modifications to keep away from touching his co-star Seohyun, citing an consuming dysfunction, and ultimately dropped out of the drama. He took a hiatus of a couple of yr earlier than returning within the 2019 hit drama Crash Landing On You.

However, his prolonged apology didn’t contact on whether or not his actions have been directed by Seo and solely stated: “I introduced the shameful incident upon myself attributable to private points. I used to be not in a position to fulfil my duty because the drama’s protagonist and an actor.”

After his apology was posted, it got here to gentle that his administration company was not behind it. Instead, an unnamed public relations (PR) company had helped craft it, in line with leisure web site Allkpop on Wednesday.

It quoted the PR company as saying: “Kim Jung-hyun has been receiving remedy in hospital for despair and insomnia which have plagued him for the reason that begin of his profession as an actor.”

It added that he had been managing his psychological well being nicely till current occasions took their toll.

The actor, who’s at the moment in a dispute along with his administration company over the tip date of his contract, is claimed to be focusing on remedy and is being cared for by his household. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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