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UP10TION’s Lee Jin Hyuk apologizes to co-star Kim Seul Gi from “Find Me in Your Memory”

Kim Seul Gi and UP10TION’s Lee Jin Hyuk apology

On April 30th, Moon Ga Young and Kim Seul Gi went live on Instagram as part of their promotional activities for their drama “Find Me in Your Memory“. Lee Jin Hyuk who was watching the Live decided to participate after receiving permission and left a couple of comments for the ladies.

Kim Seul Gi and Moon Ga Young

Kim Seul Gi plays Lee Jin Hyuk’s love interest in the show. So staying in character, she said to him after seeing his comments: “See you later, darling!”. Lee Jin Hyuk’s fans were not happy to hear her say that. “Darling” is a term of endearment reserved for people who are in a relationship. And since Kim Seul Gi and Lee Jin Hyuk are not dating in real life, people thought that her comment was inappropriate.

She received a lot of criticism from many fans and they started posting a lot of malicious comments about her. Kim Seul Gi apologized and said it was a mistake. However, things escalated when Lee Jin Hyuk went live on his Instagram on May 8th and tried to explain how he felt about the whole situation.

He said that he did not notice that she called him Darling during the Live. He also revealed that Kim Seul Gi apologized to him personally and was very sorry. She was in the middle of filming so she did not realize that she used that word. He told his fans that since she apologized, he decided to let it go and give her a pass.

He also said that he wanted to scold his fans for fighting about this issue. This is his first drama and he wants it to be remembered in a positive light. He asked them: “What are you guys going to do if I take a lead role?”

Most fans seemed happy hearing from him but some of them felt that his comments about Kim Seul Gi were wrong. She is his senior after all and saying that he is giving her a pass is also disrespectful. Finally, fans also felt that his demeanor during the Live was arrogant.

Faced with so much criticism, Lee Jin Hyuk decided to handwrite an apology that he posted on his Instagram. He formally apologized to Kim Seul Gi who may have been hurt by his words for how he handled the situation. He also apologized to his fans for causing concern.

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안녕하세요. 이진혁입니다. 시청자 여러분의 많은 사랑 속에 ‘그 남자의 기억법’이 종영했습니다. 먼저 감사 인사를 드리기에 앞서 제 부족한 언행으로 인해 심려를 끼쳐드린 부분 죄송하다는 말씀드리려고 합니다. 지난 라이브 방송에서 보여드렸던 제 행동에 대해 진심으로 반성하고 있습니다. 제 라이브 방송을 보시고 불편함을 느끼셨을 드라마 관계자 여러분과 드라마를 사랑해 주신 시청자 여러분들께 사과의 말씀 전하고 싶습니다. 배려가 부족했던 제 언행으로 인해 상처를 입으셨을 김슬기 선배님과 드라마 관계자 및 팬 여러분께 진심으로 사과드리며, 여러분께서 해주신 말씀들 마음속 깊이 새겨 앞으로의 활동에 있어 여러분께 다시는 실망감을 드리지 않는 이진혁이 되도록 노력하겠습니다. 다시 한번 죄송하다는 말씀드리겠습니다. 죄송합니다. 제 데뷔작 ‘그 남자의 기억법’이 오늘 종영했습니다. 끝나지 않길 바랐던 촬영이 어느덧 마무리가 되고, 사랑하던 드라마가 끝이 나니 괜스레 아쉬운 마음만 남는 것 같습니다. 부족하고 버벅거리는 신인인 저를 웃음과 긍정적인 에너지로 이끌어주신 오현종 감독님과 이수현 감독님 감사합니다. 또 막내인 저를 아껴주시고 아낌없이 조언해 주신 많은 배우 선배님들께 진심으로 감사하다는 말씀드리고 싶습니다. 앞으로 어딜 가더라도 감독님들과 선배님들이 가르쳐주신 모든 말씀 잊지 않겠습니다. 그리고 조일권이라는 캐릭터를 사랑해 주신 시청자분들께 감사 인사드리겠습니다. 배우로서 이진혁이라는 사람에게 처음 다가온 캐릭터이기에 더욱 잘하고 싶었던 마음이 컸고, 그 마음이 시청자분들께 닿길 바라며 연기했습니다. 앞으로도 좋은 모습으로 찾아뵐 수 있도록 열심히 노력하겠습니다. 그 남자의 기억법 시청해 주셔서 감사합니다.

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So what do you guys think? Did Kim Seul Gi do anything wrong? Did Lee Jin Hyuk handle the situation poorly?

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3 Comments

  1. Fans are toxic. These actors doesnt belong to anyone and why shud it be bothering that actors calling other actors by names? I swear some fans are really just keyboard warrior and really obsessive.

  2. I think it is not that serious, some of these fan are convince that the can control what their idol say or do. It is so annoying ????????

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