If today was April 1st instead of January 1st, I might take this for an elaborate April Fools Day joke. Alas, it looks like the New Year is off to a new and interesting start with respect to K-ent. Korean news outlets are reporting that Rain and Kim Tae Hee are dating. Yup, dating, as in going out on dates. Despite being in the military for the greater part of the year, Rain apparently doesn’t let serving his country deter his romantic prospects. The news reports state that since meeting Kim Tae Hee in late 2011 while shooting a CF for Coupang (I have no clue what the brand is, sounds like some couponing gimmick), Rain has put the moves on Kim Tae Hee. Through very persistent and sincere pursuit of her over many months, he managed to win her heart and they started dating this past September. So the relationship is just three months old and they purportedly hang out every weekend which Rain gets off in military service. He has been spotted driving her car to and from her home when they go out, and afterwards leaving alone in a taxi. So there you have it, Hallyu royalty dating and fangirls and fanboys hearts everywhere breaking. Honestly – I am happy for them even though I follow neither of their careers. They are in their 30s and ought to have earned the right to date and hopefully work towards settling down and starting a family, whether its with each other or someone else down the line. The intense Korean media and public scrutiny of the personal lives of its stars always weirds me out. I take this as good news to start off 2013, which I hope is a fresh new start for me since I had about the crappiest 2012 ever.
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