Hyomin of T-ARA is reportedly dating soccer player Hwang Ui Jo.
Unlike the past few years, Dispatch seemingly got no plans in revealing the 2022 couple. Instead of exposing an idol's relationship, it announced its 10th-anniversary celebration concert, DFESTA. It will reportedly feature several K-pop acts that will follow the event's themes, Decode and secrets.
The idols who will participate include BTS, SEVENTEEN, TWICE, NCT DREAM, NCT 127, Tomorrow X Together, ENHYPEN, NU'EST, and Stray Kids.
But while Dispatch came a little late in following its annual tradition, Korean media outlet Sports Chosun became the first one to disclose this year's couple.
T-ARA Hyomin Reportedly Dating Hwang Ui Jo
Sports Chosun first reported that the T-ARA member and Hwang Ui Jo are dating. The news outlet added that the duo started igniting a relationship in November after years of being friends.
However, soccer is reportedly in France, making them be involved in a long-distance relationship. Still, they got the chance to have more time together last month as they traveled to Switzerland together.
After Sports Chosun revealed the news, Dispatch (via AllKpop) released a follow-up report and confirmed Sports Chosun's exclusive revelation.
"Hwang Ui Jo and Hyomin are dating like good friends. As they are more mature, they respect each other's boundaries and businesses," a mutual friend of the couple revealed.
Meanwhile, both Hyomin and Hwang Ui Jo reportedly confirmed their relationship, saying they reached the stage of getting to know each other more.
Hyomin Dealt Rumors Before Finding True Love
Before Hyomin got the chance to peacefully date someone, the K-pop idol faced criticisms due to the allegations that she had Chinese sponsors and wealthy boyfriends.
But she formally broke her silence during an interview on Radio Star, denying that she received a $7.5 million contract and supercars from Chinese multi-billionaire Wang Sicong. She added that T-ARA members indeed visited the businessman's entertainment company for a possible partnership. Still, the rumors about the hefty gifts were not true at all.
She also told the truth about her boyfriend, who said to have bought her a Lamborghini. Per Hyomin, the car was actually part of a promotional endorsement and did not come from a rich boyfriend.
For now, her fans are happy that she found the love of her life, so they wish her to have a happier life in the following years.