The hardest thing is to take responsibility especially if there are dire consequences, but then to hope to recover one day then it must be the first step. K-actor Kim Sun Ho just released an official statement this morning, nearly 48 hours after the scandal broke by an anonymous woman A who claimed her ex-boyfriend a recently made top star Actor K, convinced her to have an abortion with promises of marriage and then summarily dumped her four months later. Kim Sun Ho was outed via the entertainment grapevine as said Actor K and over 10 brands have dropped him via deletion of him from their official Instagram accounts, though his agency took nearly a day to issue a weak statement that it was still investigating the facts of the relationship. Now Kim Sun Ho has personally issued a statement, not sure if it was drafted with his agency but it’s posted on his own SNS. He starts off with an apology for taking so long to respond, when the news first broke he was terrified and could only release his written statement now. He did date this person, and in the process his thoughtlessness and negligence (lack of consideration) hurt her. He wants to meet personally and apologize to her but right now it’s not possible so he wants to convey his sincere apologies via this statement for now and wait for the time to apologize in person. He also wants to apologize to everyone who believed in him, supported him, and trusted him and is now disappointed. Because of all those supportive people he was able to appear as Actor Kim Sun Ho, but he had forgotten that.
Due to his lacking, he brought inconvenience and harm to those who worked with him on projects and he apologizes sincerely to those people. He knows this meandering statement won’t be enough to reach people’s hearts but he still wants to convey his sincerity. Truly, he is sorry. Salt Entertainment then released a short statement apologizing for the problems caused by Actor Kim Sun Ho, this matter has disappointed a lot of people and brought harm to a lot of people, Salt wants to apologize. Well there you have it. I think the biggest problem with the reveal of Kim Sun Ho’s bad boyfriend behavior in the past is that he has 100% sold the image of being a “Good Boy”, done through his agency and his large fanbase. And that disconnect is probably the main reason for him likely being done as a top actor in South Korea to the degree he was/was becoming. If he had a bad boy image, perhaps a Rapper type or serial date in K-ent, then it wouldn’t be as bad since brands and fans already don’t have such high expectations of him. With this first step, I don’t think his career is 100% over but let’s wait and see. K-netizens said one thing that’s really the core of star image – there are many types of misconduct (tax evasion, drunk driving, fighting, bullying, etc.), but the one thing Koreans will not accept is mistreating women and children. And this case involves gaslighting a girlfriend leading to the decision to terminate a pregnancy and she now says she never wanted to do but relented because of his convincing. Sigh.
It’s also confirmed by the network that Kim Sun Ho will leave 1D2N the popular variety show where he was a permanent member and played a big role in his success.