It’s been almost a month since I did this feature last, so quite frankly, there’s been a lot that’s happened even so early in the year.
- Hyerim (ex-Wonder Girls) signs with Wave Entertainment
- 5 members of GreatGuys will be departing (Haneul, Daun, Uiyeon, Dongin, Hwalchan) and the group will continue as 3, according to DNA Entertainment
- SNSD’s YoonA has renewed again with SM Entertainment
- SF9’s Zuho signs with Haewadal Entertainment for acting, remains with group under FNC Entertainment
- KARA’s Gyuri has signed for Big Boss Entertainment
Somehow an appropriate company name for Gyuri.
- E’LAST’s Baekgyeul will take a hiatus due to health issues
- NCT’s Haechan was diagnosed with tonsillitis
- The Wind’s An Chanwon is on hiatus due to health issues
- (G)I-DLE’s Minnie & Yuqi halt activities before comeback due to health issues
Wishing the best for An Chanwon, but being worn out doesn’t surprise me too much since he’s 15 and an active idol. The issues of Minnie and Yuqi are likely overwork, as fans have pointed out, but that’s unfortunately likely normalized for top groups.
- Stalker of Rain and Kim Tae Hee got 6 months in prison and 40 hours of treatment
- JYJ’s Jaejoong calls out sasaeng fans for following him in taxis
After a dozen incidents and three misdemeanors, a stalker of one of the most famous couples in Korea got six months. That’s what it takes to get any punishment. Also, Jaejoong suffering like this after two decades must be wild. Like surely you hope as you close in on 40 that your fandom at least calms their tits a bit … but no.
- NCT’s Haechan got fined for vaping indoors and apologized
- Nam Tae Hyun got a 2-year suspended sentence (1-year in prison if violated)
- YUKIKA and her husband announced that they are pregnant
- Jisoo (ex-TAHITI) and her husband announced the birth of a baby boy, their first child
- AOA’s Yuna is getting married to producer Friday of GALACTIKA
- KAT-TUN’s Nakamaru Yuichi announces marriage to former presenter Sasazaki Rina
Maybe YUKIKA will come back after the baby?
Also, J-pop news! Go go go!