Over six-months from the public limelight is a very long time away for any entertainer, aside from male K-celebs who go off to military service, especially for someone with a career as fast-rising as Kim Bum. Last year alone he did That Winter, the Wind Blows and Goddess of Fire Jeongi along with the period supernatural C-movie Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon and the K-movie The Gifted Hands (Psychometry). It’s a two-fer from both TV and cinema but all the acting gigs took a backseat to the more tabloid buzzworthy news that he was dating Moon Geun Young. After a month-long trip to Europe together followed by radio silence, the lovely young couple announced their break up last month shortly after Moon Geun Young dove back into her acting career with a magazine shoot and being cast in the period movie Sado with Yoo Ah In.
Kim Bum remained under-the-radar until this weekend when he emerged at the press conference for the upcoming C-drama V Love along with the sprawling cast of Chinese actors and actresses. It’s an anthology drama produced by Yang Mi revolving around various couples depicting romance in the modern era. Bummie’s character is a rich restaurateur with perfectionist tendencies who finds himself slowly intrigued by his onscreen leading lady played by Li Xi Rui. It’s great to see Kim Bum out and about, not that I thought he was moping about the break up or anything. Of course I’m sad the couple didn’t work out but stuff like that is so personal and fans can only wish them well whether a relationship goes the distance or the couple is better off as friends. At least they had a go at it and I hope it was memorable when it lasted. Kim Bum looks fantastic at the V Love press conference sporting a clean cut hair style with a dapper suit. The drama has been called the Chinese version of Gossip Girl, whatever that means, and will premiere in mid-July so have a look at the preview below.