T.O.P revealed a tidbit about his past romances. At the press conference for The Secret Message, he stated, “I have barely had three relationships within the past ten years.”
There are photos spread over the Internet of T.O.P with the girl who is considered his ex-girlfriend. T.O.P even dedicated the song “Act like Nothing’s Wrong” to his ex-girlfriend. The girl is the one who introduced him to YG Entertainment and gave his demo to G-Dragon. But, in order to not affect his career, the girl chose to leave him after that. So, T.O.P wrote the song for her, as reported by bigbang.cafe’s Instagram account.
“She was 5 years older than me. When I was young, I had a very heavy heart. To be honest, I liked her a lot. But, I didn’t have any confidence in myself. I thought that if she were to find out I was in high school, she would be disappointed in me,” T.O.P revealed on one of MBC’s variety shows in 2008. When asked about how long they were together, he answered carefully, “One year.” Then, he stated, “Pictures of me and her are going around online. She has been exposed on the Internet. I was very angry when I saw that those pictures were published. I understand that as a celebrity, I no longer have a private life. But, she isn’t a celebrity, and we’re not currently in a relationship, and yet she was still affected by all this because of me.”
There are several rumors that T.O.P was romantically linked to an actress. She is Shin Min-ah, South Korean actress and model. T.O.P met Shin Min-ah as a dongsaeng-noona relationship. They got closer through T.O.P’s sister who is a close friend of Shin Min-ah. According to The Fact, on April 30, 2008, T.O.P was seen coming out of Shin Min-ah’s apartment. During the last month of 2007, their dongsaeng-noona relationship blossomed into a steady love relationship. They secretly met at least once a week, and on April 10 and 18, 2008, Shin Min-ah was on the move trying to meet with T.O.P. When she did not have a busy schedule, she would go to T.O.P’s entertainment company building and pick him up. When they met, their cars were tinted black so they could spend quality time together, as reported by The Fact.
According to 8Days, back in 2008, T.O.P was also sent to the hospital after a drug overdose. Media reports then claimed that the rapper had attempted suicide because of his break-up with then-rumored flame Shin Min Ah. T.O.P’s suicide attempt was on the news, and it was widely speculated that the company merely covered it up by saying that his hospitalization was due to exhaustion.
In November 2014, on TCAST’s Brave Reporters, a reporter revealed a story about a top star who was very popular among female celebrities, and top star A was dating with B. Apparently, B’s popularity came from a sponsor she had. She wasn’t asked to serve service for her sponsor, and she had a good relationship with him. The sponsor heard about B’s relationship with A and got mad. The sponsor slapped B. Unfortunately, A found out about it and also got mad. They ended up breaking up, but A still loved B. Whenever he got drunk, he texted B, but B strictly refused A’s appeal. A kept calling B endlessly. A came to do a critical act- he tried committing suicide. Fortunately, A was found by his manager and the incident was wrapped up without any problem, as reported by Pann via Kpopkfans. Many fans speculated that this report was about T.O.P and Shin Min-ah.
But, representatives of their companies categorically denied the dating rumor. YG Entertainment, the company from T.O.P’s side, stated that it is true that TOP and Shin Mina are good friends but there was a misconception. Shin Min-ah’s management company also simply stated that this rumor is groundless.
After the dating rumor between T.O.P and Shin Min-ah, there was a dating rumor between T.O.P and Jung Krystal from f(x) which broke out in 2014. A Korean media outlet reported an idol dating scandal from different companies. T and S, as stated in the hints, made netizens speculated that T is T.O.P and S is Jung Soojung, the real name of Krystal. The buzz came from netizens who found “evidence” of their relationship based on Instagram posts on both T.O.P and Krystal’s personal accounts. Netizens found that T.O.P uploaded a photo in the same place as Krystal’s photo.
When uploading the photo, T.O.P wrote, “Go to my furniture storage. Goodbye Murano,” as quoted by Instiz on September 2015. A few months before T.O.P posted the photo, Krystal also uploaded a photo that featured views of the river and building. After noticing carefully, it turned out that the photo had the same angle and building as T.O.P’s photo. The post from Krystal’s Instagram can still be seen now. However, the post from T.O.P’s Instagram does not exist now.
About the dating rumor between T.O.P and Jung Krystal, there was also a netizen who commented to Nate News that he saw another woman named Soojung who is often mistaken for Krystal in Hannam-dong, Seoul, a couple of times, and she’s really cute and feminine, a mix between Park Bo-young and Jung Yoo-mi, as reported by Netizenbuzz. However, both sides have kept silent about the dating rumors. So, we don’t know, did they date or not? And, was it Krystal or the other girl with the same name Soojung?
On December 28, 2016, T.O.P appeared on MBC’s Radio Star, and he revealed juicy details about his love life. “Since I was 19, I have dated exactly three people. Nobody knows the one I had a ‘some’ with. Right now, I am single,” he explained.
Previously, there was a former female trainee that was arrested in March 2017 for using marijuana, and in the middle of her confession, she reportedly mentioned T.O.P’s name which prompted the police to investigate further.
And, after the investigation, the police officially indicted him without detention on March 05, 2017, on charges of smoking marijuana after positive hair follicle drug test results, as reported by RojakDaily.
It was leaked that T.O.P was dating the former female trainee when he smoked marijuana with her, but he broke up with her shortly after that and stopped smoking marijuana, as reported by Hype. He admitted to smoking marijuana in his home with Han, as reported by The Coverage.
On June 29, 2017, T.O.P was sentenced to 2 years of probation for smoking marijuana, and during the court hearing, T.O.P’s lawyer stated that the idol was under mental distress and drunk when he spontaneously decided to smoke with his former girlfriend, as reported by Hype.
On July 20, 2017, the Seoul Central District Court sentenced T.O.P to a 10-month suspended jail sentence for drug use after finding him guilty of smoking marijuana.
The former female trainee who smoked with T.O.P is Han Seo-hee who was born in 1995. She is 8 years younger than T.O.P. Han Seo-hee was a trainee at multiple companies and auditioned multiple times to be a K-pop idol, but she had reportedly taken drugs to cope with the stress of not being able to debut, as reported by Koreaboo.
On September 24, 2017, during an Instagram live broadcast, Han Seo-hee shared that she was in a relationship with T.O.P, but it was him that approached her first through a mutual female friend who is older than her. You can watch her stream below!