Nothing like heading off for mandatory military service with an extra publicity boost, even if it’s the overwrought K-netizen furor over a dating rumor. K-actor Kang Ha Neul enlisted last week for his nearly two years away from the limelight to perform his civic duty but got a random going away present from the media. Maybe it was a slow news week, I dunno. There were reports that he was secretly dating former Moon Lovers costar IU after the two were spotted dining together. Turns out there were two other friends there and it wasn’t even a secret meal out as the group posed for pictures and posted it online afterwards. Both sides explained that they were friends since making the drama and hung out as normal friends would do, and with that the furor died down and Kang Ha Neul enlisted a few days after. I’m thrilled this talented and hardworking actor got so much success in recent years, wishing him a safe and healthy service and high hopes for his return success in 2019.