Just good friends? That’s what reps for Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye have to say about the latest rumours suggesting the pair have been dating for over four months.
Tabloid site Dispatch published photos of the pair together on several late night outs since January.
As well as much-publicised overseas visits for joint photoshops (mostly to promote their hit drama, Pinocchio), the outlet snapped photos of Park, 25, going on late night “date” drives with her former co-star and even visiting a Cheongdam, Seoul, cafe with two other friends in April before having dinner as a group.
Adds Dispatch, “Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk enjoy car rides together. She will visit his house in her car or he will switch between his Mercedes Benz and his Porsche to pick up Park Shin Hye from her home… They will drive for two or three hours but not stay out later than 1am.”
Despite the so-called evidence, a spokesperson for Park at Salt Entertainment tells IdolWow!, “The reports that she is dating Lee Jong Suk are untrue. Those pictures were taken after an overseas photo shoot.”
And a spokesperson for Lee, 25, told Korea’s Newsen that there’s no truth to the reports. “They are just close friends and not dating,” says the Wellmade Yedang agency rep.
“The agency is aware that the two became close friends while filming [Pinocchio] together. After the drama concluded, they received many offers for photo shoots and advertisements and got closer through working together.
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“Because they had such good chemistry in the drama, there were many fans and acquaintances who said they’d like for them to date in real life. People are mistaking all of this for dating rumors.”
Since debuting in 2009, Park Shin Hye has been single. But she recently said she would like be married by the time she’s 30. “I keep comparing men to my dad, which is not very good,” she during a June 1 appearance on SBS’ Some Men, Some Women. “I want to live in a happy family, like my parents.”