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  1. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    For the longest time, I've always been holding the idea that JK owns an apartment of sorts in downtown Seoul. For a couple of reasons: he cannot be crashing at his friends all the time when his filming and all run late. Moreover, as a celebrity, his schedule is so irregular that it would make it difficult to go back and forth Anyang all the time. For eg if he has a few hours in between shoots, it'd make it much easier for him to just go back to a nearby apartment rather than wasting time on the road traveling to Anyang. There was also one episode of RM, somewhere in 2011 when Ji Sung and an actress guested. And during the opening, JK had complained that he came down all the way from Anyang that day - which made me feel like that was not a normal day for him in terms of his routine. If he travels down from Anyang all the time, every day, why is there a need to specially mention it?
  2. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    Thank you for clarifying with the poster. I had seen the original post right before I went to sleep, and thus the only word I saw was "sister" in its english form. I fully agree that if the korean word dongsaeng was used, then its normal, and yes, very broad enough to mean all sorts of things, as long as the person is younger.
  3. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    Ok, I;m really so sorry and I'm still digesting this, but I just saw spartace_korean_fan's post in IG (sorry do not know how to embed) and apparently called Jh sister, as in "thanks for this sister"
  4. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    Someone in Baidu just mentioned that Song Hye Kyo came on as a special guest during one of SJK's fan meets around Asia (not sure where). It seems indeed that they've been way more open and carefree the last few months - if the restaurant opening was a teaser, this one is the main course. JH clearly didnt expect to get dragged up on stage, look at her sandals! Ok but I admit before I knew she had performed Mr Chu, I was happier when I thought she was just there to silently support and then got dragged up. Turns out she had a role in the concert. But still, JK has done so many fan meets and concerts through the last 7 years and finally we get JH there. Whatever capacity she turned up in today, it is so good to see both of them smile so happily. And may I say, JH is really really really close to JK's posse of friends, and honestly I find that wonderful to see and a very good barometer of their relationship
  5. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    Count me in as someone who wants the like button back. Anyway, yes, I think we can conclude that JK did not bring a snack to JH; his hands were clearly free from anything when he walked over. But I think what is more likely is he took the snack away from JH, maybe because JH and Mikey's clip was about to start filming. But what I did like was seeing JH's big smile and to me, I think it does show a certain level of comfort with Mikey as well. So she must have seen/hung around Mikey before. Wasnt Mikey also present during that one restaurant trip where JH and JK posed for a photo together and the fan later said there were other people present? I am actually happier seeing the clip as I did with the photo stills as this video clearly showed a small side hug - why was there a need to do so if he was just there to take away the packet of chips? Again, likely another no reason skinship but they just had to do it
  6. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    Credit https://m.weibo.cn/status/4147668332231517 I'm doing a direct translation of this fan's account of a Q&A session: There was a questionnaire handed out before the concert began. The crew collated the answers which JK read onstage. The first question was the Turbo song fans wanted to hear the most. Most answered December. Forgot the 2nd question but the the most common answer was get married soon. At this point JK teased the fans with "I can get married?" (This proud JK must be waiting for everyone to say yes). In front of all the Korean ladies, only heard everyone reply "Neh!" Go get married! Because it was an unexpected answer, JK was stunned for awhile. After that threatened everyone and said "Oh its like that, ok, you all wait and see. Wait for the news report. You all wait and see, Dispatch will come out with news" (his threatening tone was so cute! Like a child who cant get his candy and telling everyone not to regret it) Because I went wild here by this point, I forgot all the other questions asked later (everything here is dependent on what I heard. If I remembered wrongly, please tell me)
  7. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    Taiwanese variety do not really do lovelines on their shows. The reason why they couldnt admit earlier was due to the guy being in a top boyband at that time. Its amazing how many casual fans used to think SA are not close at all. I do not know how many times I've heard people assume SA are the least close among RM members. But I can only assume that if we tell people now that SA meet regularly outside of RM, that'd still be the first time they've heard of such 'news'. Most casual fans really just stick to what they're told on the show. I think JK himself would help to make it less cringy. I honestly cannot imagine him going all lovey dovey on a show; I think that's just so not him. He'd probably gruffly smack away all the teasing YJS, JSJ, Haha and LKS will definitely throw his way. But I do agree that minimally JH will leave RM soon enough after the announcement. JK may or may not. As a man, he wouldnt have to be the one leaving to start a family or whatever. But I do not actually think that they have to give a timeline to their dating status. I dont remember Song-Song doing so, and I believe it is possible to brush it off. Just the dating news may be enough to shock people without throwing additional info in
  8. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    At the beginning there were just rumors. But after some time, everyone who even vaguely followed Taiwanese entertainment at that time knew those two were dating. It was such an open secret that it was just a matter of when they'd come clean. The teasings on the show then became super obvious. When they did admit, it was met with no surprise at all. But it is the stark similarity between them and SA which prompted me to recount this incident here. Ex boybander? Check. Co stars on variety show? Check. Colleagues who tried their utmost to sabotage them? Check. I can see why people do not take some of the incidents you mentioned seriously. The tanning comment was made at the same time as when JH said she has eaten alone with LKS before. Going out for dinner would naturally be seen as a bigger deal than tanning together. So JH's comment didnt have as much impact among casual fans as we hoped it would. Tiny asking for JH's autograph and name tag, to most people, Tiny would just be seen as a fan of JH, and that's why he's asking for those. It is the dining together with JK's friends, including Tiny, that I cannot wrap my head around why people do not see it as a bigger deal. JH is obviously a very private person and needs time to warm up to strangers. I'm similar in that sense, and for me, I would NEVER go out alone to meet my colleague's group of friends for dinner. But JH somehow did, and we do not see her manager or her brother around accompanying her. This can only go to show how she clearly is either 1) very comfortable with JK in order to tag along, or 2) she already knows some of the people there. I think we can eliminate the possibility (2), so only (1) remains. As to why this incident didnt gain more traction, I think it is because it didnt appear on some mainstream media (for eg mentioned on RM) and was not posted on JK's IG. Most fans/Koreans would not have visited or seen his friend's IG to draw the link. JK's own IG is devoid of any mention of JH. The only times I remember seeing her are the few times he posted videos/photos of RM group events; and she just happened to be there. When the Song-Song news came out, I was reading a columnist who mentioned that the celebrities would never post on social media anything they do not want you to know; and that fans are so wrong if they expect the person's social media to be fully reflective of the person's life.
  9. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    I was about to mention LKS and his open talking about celebrities he's dated. He's done that at least twice on RM and we know there's at least 3 such actresses. And there was once where Wang Ji Hye tried to out him, and everyone was guessing after that on the internet who the "sister turned lover" was. But no one, Dispatch or otherwise, has tried to out him. I do believe that SBS does play some influence; or there may be some exchange between SBS and Dispatch. Who knows, maybe the day after SA comes out for real, Dispatch will immediately start showcasing all their evidence, just like what they did with Song Song. The fact that Dispatch clearly had very high quality dating photos of Song-Song, but yet did not out them, shows you that indeed, such tabloids work with the agencies. Otherwise, DIspatch would have gained a lot of 'fame' and credit for exposing such a high profile couple but they simply did not do it. I do think JK possibly has enough clout as well, in the sense that he knows too many people who can and will help him somewhere somehow. And then SA have co-stars who help to cover them also, though the co-stars themselves are slowly, gradually losing their ability to continue their poker face-ness when dealing with them. I was just watching a Taiwan variety show today featuring an ex hot boybander (let's call him A). So he secretly dated his co-star (let's call her B ) on a variety show for years, and everyone around them knew about it. A said that when journalists tried to ask point blank if he was dating B, other co-stars would help by jumping in and take over to answer by saying things like "oh are you asking me instead if I'm dating B?". And when the co-stars dropped obvious hints on the show, like saying "You! A & B, what are you all doing?", or "A and B, what are you doing there?", everyone took the comments as a joke because of the way the co-hosts exaggerated everything. So I'm actually seeing our RM members playing a similar role to the co-hosts on this Taiwanese variety show. Everyone from the crew to the cast has not really bothered to hide anymore, and SA is, like some of you all say, dating in plain sight, but yet, no one actually takes them seriously enough to go start "digging" for more. A and B are btw, happily married with two kids now.
  10. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    An episode together can really bring people together, like what happened to JSM and Haha. The same thing happened to Haha and JH way back in an episode in the 40s, where they went on a road trip. I remember one of them mentioning that how they werent yet close at that point despite having filmed RM for almost a year, and the beginning of the episode was awkward, but both Haha and JH loosened up considerably as the episode got on. So the same may have happened for JSM and Haha. I'm of the group that highly believes 99% of the time, all the groupings or pairings are pre-arranged by the producers; even when the guests 'choose' the cast members, its not really by choice. For a long time on RM, YJS always got the main guest, while JK would get the secondary guest. So I wouldnt be surprised that for this 1% trip, it still boils down to whoever the PDs want. However, putting JK and JSM together for the trip could be boring in the sense that I dont think they fear any of the possible challenges, so it would make for boring TV to have no one playing the scaredy cat role. And both JK and JSM expressed in the last ep that they are okay to go onto the trip. You would need at least one person who would be afraid, and that would fall onto YJS, JSJ, LKS, Haha and maybe YSC. So one fearless person (JK, JH or JSM) along with one 'scared' person would make for better TV. Its similar to the logic of how people found teams with both SA boring in the past, because these two would not always make exaggerated variety actions and played games seriously.
  11. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    Trying to play devil's advocate here. On Baidu, they are saying that JK was holding his drink in this position (behind the back) before JH even was around And that JH was bending down in another part of the episode So could it be that it was a total coincidence that JH was bending down right at the right moment to rest her back or something, and JK's drink was still in that position? Maybe though, she had planned to use his body as a shield to rest. Re the religion issue, even if both are of different religions, I think they'd have gotten past that stage/resolved that issue with 4 years of history behind them (assuming they indeed started dating in 2013). In any case, there are plenty of couples who marry despite being of different religions. It really boils down to how devout you are and what you look for in a partner. Anyway, I do agree that the episode was good and had some old RM feels. Not the heyday RM, but at least the 2014-2015 RM. And finally some episodes that finish in one airing and did not stretch over two episodes - I never really understood how they think fans like that concept, this is not a drama. Re the JSM blunder in referring to JK as a married man, I thought the cast covered it up swiftly and very well. JK reacted fast himself and YJS chimed in with the X Man comment. So if you're a casual fan, you'd probably not spot this blunder by JSM, especially since she similarly has quite a blur persona.
  12. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    He most definitely did. And in fact I remember reading before that after he turned 27, he stopped saying that, maybe due to a bad breakup. But. I would be surprised if JH still hasn't heard it by now in private. I wouldn't be surprised if she has I think we've discussed this before that the 'I love you' would just appear too awkward and take on a different slant than the other members' confessions. JH most likely can do it with a straight face but I doubt JK's ability to do that. He's not the most poker face person around
  13. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    Re the pillow hug, I would just like to share a perspective from a non shipper friend of mine whose a casual RM fan. She only knows me as a JK fan, and when this scene happened, she told me that she found JK very aggressive for hitting JH so hard. Suffice to say, the following scene where he basically suffocated JH with his hug didn't sink in at all, as all my friend saw was just the 'violence'. When sometimes I try to tell my friends who watch RM that JK and JH are close friends (not trying to tell them more than them and attempt to look sane), they don't see it at all. They are surprised when I say they are and would in turn tell me JK and JH don't even look familiar with each other. So I think people really can see different things from the same scene or episode. No right or wrong I guess
  14. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    From the brief that I can see, Yang Se Chan is gag heavy - so Rm may really be going in the direction it had wanted to go to for some time. And like I've mentioned before, JK and JH, who while they have their funny moments, are not the gag funny. So I wouldnt be surprised if these two are added in, and then the higher ups get their wish come true, which is that JK and JH eventually leave so that RM becomes RM season 2 that they've always wanted; if not by name then definitely by style
  15. SPARTACE COUPLE KimJongkook-SongJiHyo

    Thanks for the video link. JH's uncomfortable shift when JK was asked the question on SY was quite telling. She starts adjusting her clothes when there was nothing wrong with them, and JK practically back faced her when he started answering the question. I thought it was cute also how JK repeated her chinese name. I think the absence of YJS (and MC obviously) may have given the other 3 members more free rein to talk about SA and basically start egging them on. Like you said, Haha is practically out of control. For someone who's gotten married and practically 2 kids in the last 4 years, honestly, SA is really moving way too slowly. And Haha and Byul are younger than JK and JH respectively, so I wouldnt be surprised if Haha genuinely is starting to worry for them. Haha may be a nonsensical character on his shows, but as we've seen, we know that he genuinely cares for his friends. I was very surprised though at the complete lack of interaction between Gary and the members. I was not expecting that tbh. I was expecting him to join in the group songs and all, and maybe even the Q&A. I would actually be interested in hearing his POV since he put up that photo of him and JK/JH when the debacle happened, so clearly he's on their side. I'll always treat him as a member so it was kind of weird that he really just seemed like a special guest. Even special guests at concerts usually do duets with the actual main host of the concert, but it just didnt happen here I've said before that whenever the FMs happen, JK becomes the de facto walking encyclopedia for JH. Is there a need to whisper and talk so much? I thought the part where they talked, only to get interrupted to greet the fan and then they continued talking across the translator was quite telling. It seemed, if I may say, a bit rude to continue being in their own world like that but they continued anyway just because. But really, is there so much to whisper about? If they talk this much on stage, I really wonder how they are IRL