On March 22, Korean news outlet 'Dispatch' reported that Seungri, a former member of the popular K-pop group Big Bang, and model/influencer Yoo Hye Won were seen vacationing together in Bangkok earlier this month.
According to the report, the two were seen holding hands and displaying affection towards each other in the lobby of a luxurious hotel in Bangkok. They also made an effort to avoid other Korean tourists.
Who is the 'Yoo Hye Won'?
Rumors of the two dating first surfaced in October of 2018 when a photo of them embracing in the street was published by a Chinese media outlet.
China's Sina Entertainment reported in 2018 that "the two have been dating for a year," attaching a photo of Big Bang Seungri with Yoo Hye-won in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the photo, Seungri hugs a woman who appears to be Yoo Hye-won in front of a hotel in Amsterdam. The two remained silent on rumors of a romantic relationship at the time.
Rumors of a romantic relationship erupted again in September 2020, when Seungri joined the military, and netizens claimed that Yoo Hye-won was spotted accompanying him.
At that time, it was claimed in the online community that Yoo Hye-won was riding in a van that Seungri had been riding for military enlistment. There was a woman with long hair in the back seat of the vehicle where Seungri got off. The dog in the victory car was the same dog that Yoo Hye-won had in the past. As a result, questions were raised whether the woman with long hair in the back seat of the vehicle was Yoo Hye-won.
Despite Seungri's recent release from prison in early February, where he served a sentence of a year and 6 months, the two have reportedly managed to stay together. When contacted by 'Dispatch', Yoo Hye Won's side claimed that the visit to Bangkok was a gathering with various acquaintances in light of a wedding being held in Thailand.
Seungri, "Let's go to the club" to his friends right after he was released from prison?
Seungri, a former member of the popular K-pop group Big Bang, was released from prison in February of 2023 after being sentenced to a year and 6 months in May of 2022 for charges such as habitual illegal gambling, embezzlement, solicitation of prostitution services, illegal filming of sexual footage, and more.
Alleged acquaintances have stated that Seungri is now "living his day to day life with a bright attitude."
One acquaintance, who is believed to have been close with Seungri during his days as a member of Big Bang, stated that Seungri contacted them after he was released and asked how they were doing.
Another acquaintance allegedly claimed that Seungri invited his close acquaintances, including celebrities, out clubbing. During his final testimony in front of the Supreme Court, Seungri stated that he spent the last three years looking back on himself and promised to be reborn a better person through this trial.
Seungri's case has brought attention to the dark side of the K-pop industry, with his charges highlighting issues such as corruption, illegal activities, and the exploitation of young talent. Despite the controversy surrounding Seungri and his former group, Big Bang, they remain one of the most successful K-pop acts in history, with millions of fans worldwide.
Rumored couple seen holding hands and displaying affection in Bangkok hotel lobby
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