Infinite’s L’s Love Life
Being the face of his group, L, whose real name is Kim Myung-soo, has been firmly under the spotlight ever since his debut with Infinite, and has even been given acting projects in various dramas. It’s no wonder that his popularity soared, and he established his position as the most famous member in Infinite. However, L’s exceptional fame also put him at risk, especially regarding his private matters.
Infinite’s L’s Dating News
In late September of 2013, a rumor surfaced that he and ulzzang Kim Do-yeon were seen to have worn various matching items such as clothes, bracelets, and sneakers. In addition, Kim Do-yeon once tweeted a long message, where if you read the first character of each sentence going down, it was a secret message that said, “I miss you, Myungsoo-ya.” She then mentioned something about getting into a fight with L, and the following day, he was spotted crying at INFINITE’s Fukuoka concert. Many netizens think that he was actually crying because of the fight, and not because he was touched by the fans.
People suspected the reason for the fight was because of a picture that L took with actress Han Bo-reum, his co-star in a drama. The drama was fueled by an older friend of Kim Do-yeon, who tweeted, “I want to cut the fur off of the tail of Bo-reum. Don’t touch my close friend’s boyfriend!!!!!!!” and “Because of Bo-reum, my close dongsaeng is in a crisis with her boyfriend. I hate Bo-reum so much ㅜㅜ” After these horrifying tweets, L made tweets with underlying messages to his fans which are actually aimed to Kim Do-yeon, “I don’t hang out with anyone~ Right everyone??”, “I like you more than anyone else!!”, and “I like taking pictures with you all more than anyone else~^^”
Despite Infinite’s agency making a statement that L and Kim Do-yeon were just friends, lots of L’s fansites were closed. In total, 14 fansite admins decided to end their service, indirectly confirming that L and Kim Do-yeon were indeed dating, as most fansite admins are known to be insiders. The news of L and Kim Do-yeon’s dating scandal was published in a Chinese newspaper, as well as the increase of bad press L was receiving from some of his fans.
It was only a month later that Woollim Entertainment confirmed L and Kim Do-yeon’s relationship after Kim Do-yeon put out rambling tweets that she could not handle the haters and backlash after the rumors of her relationship with L. She also mentioned her plan to report those who bullied her on the internet and in reality (some Infinite’s fans threw rocks at her face and car and trash at her office and fake-purchased her shopping mall goods) to the police.
The agency stated, “L had been in a relationship for about four months with the girl (Kim Do-yeon). At that time, L had brought it up with the agency. To protect their artist, the company had to conceal the matter. We would like to sincerely apologize for this. When the rumors started in September, Infinite was in their world tour and the couple had not even had a chance to see each other.” In addition, the agency was asking the fans and Kim Do-yeon’s understanding to not fight anymore about this matter. Rumor also has it that L and Kim Do-yeon had actually broken up the next day after their scandal was made public.
L’s struggle during his dating scandal was recorded in Infinite’s Grow Documentary which was released in 2014. In Chapter 9: L’s Sincere Confession, the fans are able to witness the moment of L’s breakdown. In one moment, L, who couldn’t sleep or eat, seemed very desperate about his situation, “I am having a really hard time. I cannot even cry. Everything about me… people will criticize me for even smiling right now. They will criticize me for crying. They are tired of me. They said this will be a good opportunity for me. I am really scared. To be honest, I am afraid I might leave the group. I am afraid I will be abandoned by the people I trusted. I am scared nobody will believe me.”
Fortunately, Infinite members were very supportive, and encouraged L to focus on the concert, as well as treating him like nothing unusual had been going on. They believed that L would open up to his fellow group members when he was ready.
In August, 2014, the rumors of L and Kim Do-yeon’s relationship resurfaced, as the fans found another matching item between them: a black bracelet. Already having had enough of the fans’ backlash toward her, Kim Do-yeon put a fast clarification in her Instagram that her bracelet is just an ordinary hair tie. More logical fans supported Do-yeon’s argument implicitly, by finding out that L’s bracelet is one of Louis Vuitton’s collection.
Well, what do you think about the dating scandal of Infinite’s L, dear readers?