It must be love! T-ara’s Jiyeon, 22, has revealed that she is in a relationship with 34-year-old actor and Encounter co-star Lee Dong Gun.
After photos of the pair flirting with each other at a restaurant in Shanghai, China, surfaced on Chinese social media site Weibo, a rep for the singer put out a statement thart that the pair were an item.
A spokesperson at MBK Entertainment, who represent Jiyeon, told Korea’s TV Report, “It is true that Jiyeon is currently dating Lee Dong Gun. They became close after filming [Encounter] together in May.”
And a spokesperson at Lee’s agency FNC Entertainment has now put out the following statement, “After checking with the actor, we can say that the pair are in the stages getting to know each other closely. It has been about a month since they have gotten close after first meeting for movie filming.”
The new photos of the pair left room for no another explanation when they first hit internet forums. Jiyeon can be seen tenderly holding Lee’s hand against her cheek as they sat with two friends at a restaurant.
In another snap, the T-ara singer can be seen looking up across the room after nuzzling her head lovingly into her new boyfriend’s shoulder.
Despite the 12-year age difference, the pair are said to have got close while filming the Korea and Chinese collaborative movie,Encounter in May and early June.
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The majority of the film’s shoot took place on a Royal Caribbean ship — where much of the crew stayed in close quarters — as they cruised across Europe, stopping off to film at different destinations in Greece, Italy, Dubai and Spain.