Who is Hwang Ha-na?
Hwang Ha-na used to be engaged to YJY’s Park Yoochun. The story of what happened between the two was quite a drama, back then. The public started noticing Hwang Ha-na after Yoochun’s long battle with the court, which started in June, 2016, after he was accused of sexual assault by four women. Happily, after 18 months, the actor and singer was found to be not guilty on all four counts.
In April, 2017, when Yoochun was still doing his military service, the media broke the news that JYJ‘s Yoochun would be getting married to a non-celebrity girlfriend. Rumors spread the two had already been dating for a year. The two met in September, 2016, and decided to get married on September 10th, 2017, a month after Yoochun finished his military service.
When the news broke, Park Yoocun’s agency, C-jes Entertainment, confirmed it not long afterward, but Hwang Ha-na seemed deny it. She wrote on her Instagram, “Please don’t do this. It’s not like that,” but later deleted it. On the other hand, a source from Park Yoochun’s side shared how Hwang Ha-na took care of Park Yoochun while he was going through the scandal, and that, naturally, they developed feeling toward each other, became lovers and decided to marry. The conflicting statements were a mess, back then.
The media also dug into Hwang Ha-na’s luxurious lifestyle, using her Instagram posts. She was reported to be the granddaughter of the founder of Namyang Dairy. She was also a blogger. She posted reviews of restaurants run by famous chefs, snapshots of her exclusive designer items, and selfies with famous celebrity such as Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon, CNBLUE’s Jonghyun, and FT Island’s Junghoon, as well as Yoochun’s fellow JYJ member, Kim Jaejoong. Her chaebol status and luxury lifestyle earned her the title of the Korean Paris Hilton among many netizens.
When her status and life background made into the public eye, Hwang Ha-na denied it, writing on her Instagram: “Also I apparently have a shopping mall hahaha I didn’t even know that! Wow !! I really want to become a shopping mall owner hahahah I’ve never run a shopping mall before. These articles are not true, it’s so surprising,”
She added, in another post: “I miss my mom and dad. On a day like this, I don’t have my dad or my younger sibling or my mom. I just don’t want my family to be negatively affected by this. It’s okay if you insult me. I’m really sorry, and I apologize,” Ha-na posted.
Many netizens called her childish after she made the post, and she couldn’t take the hate comments. In another Instagram post, she said that she wanted the reporters to leave her alone. She also insisted that she didn’t date anyone, including Yoochun. She wrote on her Instagram: “I am just a civilian. Can you please just leave me alone? It hurts a lot…. There is a serious problem with reporters. I have not dated anyone for a year. I really wish these fake news articles will stop. I had a very hard time in the past year and I really wished to live normally this year but… I just want to live normally.”
Even though she confusingly denied the intended marriage, Dispatch shared pictures of the two on a date in May, 2017, supporting Yoochun’s side’s statement that the two were in a relationship. After that, the two openly showed their closeness through Instagram.
Originally, the wedding date was planned for September 10th, but on September 7th, it was reported that the date had been pushed back to September 20th. Then, on September 12th, it was reported that the wedding had been delayed for a second time. C-JeS Entertainment commented it is true that the wedding had been postponed for the time being. The source also added, “As Yoochun mentioned during his military discharge, he is planning on taking time to think and reflect on his life, so we ask for your understanding.”
On May 15th, 2018, media broke the news again that Park Yoochun and Hwang Ha-na had broken up, and the news was confirmed by C-Jes Entertainment. According to the Sports World reporter who broke the news, the split occurred because Yoochun felt overwhelmed by Hwang Ha-na’s social media activities, which also overflowed in his privacy. The reporter said, “Yoochun’s degree of stress and hardship increased drastically as his privacy got exposed through Hwang Ha-na’s social media live streams and he received harsh criticism from the public.”
On May 16th, 2018, she later confirmed the news by posting a message on her bio. She wrote: “We’ve broken up, so please stop. I have no interest in other people’s business, drama, or witch hunting. I’m not going to provide explanations at the moment. Also, I think people who spread words are worse than people who criticize. I’m sorry but I’m going to be blocking malicious people. Let’s only say beautiful words and see beautiful things and enjoy life.”