Korean stars IU and Lee Jong-suk confirm their new relationship via heartfelt letters to their fans


The singer-actress and model-turned-actor revealed to their respective agencies that they have been dating for the past four months by writing fan letters.

Singer-actress IU and model-turned-actor Lee Jong-suk have written letters to their respective fan clubs after their agencies confirmed they were dating on Dec 31.

Soompi.com, a Korean entertainment website, provided an English translation of IU’s letter, which was written directly to UAENA (IU’s fan club) and addressed her relationship with Lee.

IU has recently spoken about her current relationship in an interview with AOA. She revealed, “[He is a colleague for a long time, and we are building up positive feelings while relying on each other.] He is a reliable and cute person who has supported me for a long time, always told me I’m amazing, and sent me sincere encouragement.”

I believe you must feel at ease and doing well since UAENA always watches over me so closely. Besides that, I think one of the reasons that my pride and passion for work are surging even more these days is that I have a good friend who compliments me for a long time. We’ll date quietly and beautifully to not disturb my fans now that you’ve all found out.”

Also, Lee wrote a letter to his fan club, thanking them for their support.

Thank you to the fans who cheered and yelled for me at the Drama Awards so I don’t lose my confidence. I am sorry for surprising you at the end of the year. Despite my age, I am still lacking a lot, and I am still shy, so I wanted to express my gratitude to all of you for the love and support that you guys send me,” he said in the same report in Soompi.com.

Then he addressed the issue of confirming his relationship with IU.4

We first met when I was in my mid-20s, and I kind of feel like it’s puppy love, but we’re not going to be able to make it work. We’ve been friends for a long time, and now that this turned out like this, I want to explain it well. Even when I worked hard and lived my life on my own terms, she’s been a strange existence that always took up a little space in my heart. It feels like the fans will understand if I say she was the female lead in Romance is a Bonus Book to me.

He continued candidly: β€œShe is an amazing person who helps me with my path and concerns of life as a friend. (She) is someone I can depend on, is younger but sometimes feels older, and is like a grown up but also someone I want to protect,” he wrote. As this is my first time, I’m worried that the fans may have been surprised or upset. I hope you will watch us with warmth.”

After making his debut in Prosecutor Princess (2010), Lee has starred in series such as School 2013 (2012), I Hear Your Voice (2013), and Pinocchio (2014).

Most recently, he starred alongside Cha Eun-woo, Kim Rae-won, and Lee Min-ki in the action film Decibel (2022).

The 29-year-old singer made her debut as a singer in 2008 with Good Day, You & I, and Palette.

On Rolling Stone’s 200 Greatest Singers of All Time list, she ranked highest among Koreans.

She has also appeared in hit shows like The Producers (2015), My Mister (2018), and Hotel Del Luna (2019), as well as in the Cannes-winning Korean drama film Broker directed by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda.


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