Warming up hearts in Start-Up and Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Kim Seon Ho shot to stardom relatively late at the age of 35. With damaging rumors surfacing that Seon Ho may have forced his ex-girlfriend to get an abortion, brands are ready to drop their contracts as the actor faces a threat to his career which has just taken flight.
Anonymous Woman Claims to Be Ex-girlfriend
The Korean entertainment industry has been abuzz with the latest rumor from an anonymous citizen who claims to be the ex-girlfriend of Mr. K, a popular Korean actor with a kind appearance. The woman claimed she became pregnant with his baby. Although he had promised to marry her, he later forced her to get an abortion and broke up with her.
Netizens pieced together the clues, and they suspect that Mr. K is Kim Seon Ho. To add fuel to the fire, an entertainment reporter held a YouTube live stream and disclosed that Mr. K is indeed Kim Seon Ho.
The woman’s post originally talked about how she laughed when Mr. K came under fire for screaming on a variety show, and indicated that this is his true personality. The reporter disclosed that the show she is referring to is 2 Days & 1 Night, and the episode aired in March of this year. The reporter also mentioned that he had first learned that Seon Ho was having arguments with his girlfriend through an interview in October. He shared that many news outlets are aware of the rumor, but no one was willing to expose it as the actor’s drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha became a big hit.
Agency’s Slow Response
The reporter disclosed that Seon Ho’s agency was aware of this situation early on, and should have already come up with a contingency plan, yet they took two days to finally issue a vague statement, “We are still clarifying the authenticity of the content.”
It turns out that Seon Ho’s three-year contract with his talent agency, S.A.L.T., expired in September, but was extended temporarily because the actor was filming Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha at the time. This may explain S.A.L.T.’s nonchalance in handling the matter.
Seon Ho’s fans have taken action to protect the actor, and been even more active than his agency in responding to the rumors! They have expressed that they will take legal action against those that spread false rumors on the Internet, and hope that the netizens can stop defaming him.
Brands Race to Cancel Kim Seon Ho
Although Seon Ho and the anonymous woman have not stepped forward to clarify the rumor, all of his endorsements have been quickly taken down. A pizza brand has changed all advertisements to their other ambassador Shin Dong Yup. Netizens have also discovered that Canon and Food Bucket which he endorses have deleted all of his commercials from their Instagram.
A cast interview of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha was originally scheduled for this week, but was cancelled last minute due to Seon Ho’s scandal.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com