IU and Jang Ki-ha’s Past Relationship: Dating, Breakup, Etc.

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IU and  Her Ex-Boyfriend Jang Kiha Ended Their Several-Years-of-Dating

The matter of dating is still taboo in Korea. Some artists have tried their best to hide their relationships from the public to protect their careers and keep the fans from turning their backs against them. But others among them have also given a code about their relationships and even announced them to the public.

IU and Jang Kiha were an example of where the artists confirmed their relationship. The two of them were confirmed to be dating in 2015. However, due to some reasons, IU and Jang Kiha ended their relationship and announced it in 2017.

We are here to share more detailed information about IU and Jang Kiha’s relationship, so buckle up, and let’s get started!

IU and Her Boyfriend Jang Kiha Confirmed That They Are Dating

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After being suspected to be dating, IU and Jang Ki-ha finally confirmed that they are in a relationship!

On October 8, 2015, the local news media organization, Dispatch, exposed the celebrities’ love life, reporting that IU and Jang Kiha had been dating since March 2015. They found the time to see each other, despite the busy schedule they had. One example was when IU immediately went to see Jang Kiha after returning from her trip to Shanghai on August 30. On September 7, IU when straight to Mapo after returning from Hong Kong. It was known that they spent their time together at each other’s houses.

According to Dispatch, when neither of them was busy, Jang Kiha would be the one who would visit IU, driving to Yong San with his Hyundai i30 car. For their date outfits, they dressed casually, in dark-colored clothing, but they also often used masks to further protect themselves from view.

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The couple’s relationship was quickly confirmed by their agency, LOEN Entertainment, through an official statement. The agency explained, “The two people are currently dating after developing feeling for each other while exchanging discussions about music as colleagues, beginning two years ago”. They also asked the public to support the pair, so that the two could continue their relationship as musicians and colleagues together.

Despite their 11-year age gap, they had a lot to talk about with each other, especially about music. According to Dispatch, an acquaintance said that IU and Jang Kiha connected through music, and their relationship naturally developed into romantic feelings.

Here’s a picture where IU attended Jang Kiha’s band’s concert:

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The First Encounter Between IU and Jang Kiha

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Here is the first moment between IU and Jang Kiha that was caught on camera!

On one of the episodes of the KBS2 show Entertainment Weekly, which was aired on October 10, they released a tape where Jang Kiha was a DJ on a radio show and IU was the guest.

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Jang Kiha started the radio session by saying, “Everyone says that when you see IU for the first time, you are struck by her beauty and that you don’t know what to say,” while saying that, Jang Kiha clearly looked really excited to meet her. IU then laughed at his comment and answered, “I guess we’ve been talking about ourselves too much”.

They continued their conversation through the radio broadcast, and one of the listeners even pointed out that the two didn’t seem interested in the listeners, at all.

Here is the video of when IU and Jang Kiha met at the radio station, check it out below!

Jang Kiha’s Friend Revealed How He Helped Him and IU Date Secretly

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Hong Sok-chun, a TV personality and restaurateur shared the secret of his role in Jang Kiha and IU’s relationship!

On one of the episodes of Heard It Through the Grapevine, which was aired on January 18, 2016, Hong Suk Chun confessed that he knew the couple was dating before it was confirmed on the public. He said, “One day I got a call from Kiha, who told me that he had a friend who he wanted to eat with, but it was said they wanted it to be a quiet event, and IU also came that day.”

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He continued, “We didn’t allow any other customers at the restaurant that day so that just the two of them could privately eat together.” Hong Suk Chun went on to say, “After that, we prepared a table for them another time, as well.”

“The staff at the restaurant really enjoyed it,” he commented, “I told the staff not to tell anyone and tried to make delicious food for them. I also grabbed a cab for them when they were leaving.” 

IU Opened Up About Her Relationship With Jang Kiha

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On October 8, 2015, IU wrote about her relationship with Jang Kiha at the fancafe website UAENA, here is what she says:

Its been almost two years since we’ve dated. I fell for him immediately after meeting him for the first time through a radio show. He is a boyfriend whom I have a lot to learn from and I am thankful for that. We are dating like any other couple, having a good time, fighting, getting disappointed, and feeling thankful.

I was thinking about what would be a good way to tell anyone about this, but my turn was taken from me, Haha. It’s sudden, but I think I’ve got to start a public relationship. Even if we pretend not to notice, this space [referring to fancafe] will be a little awkward for a while, right? I’m sorry for making this happy, bustling, and cute space to that way. I am so thankful to our UAENA who worried about me first despite that. I am thankful and sorry for all the worries, support and disappointment.

Although I’ve played this out in my head a thousand times, I don’t know what to do. First, I will just keep going about my work bravely. I hope your day is not hard for today because of me, and I come back here soon.

IU and Jang Kiha Ended Their Relationship

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After dating for four years, the singer and songwriter couple, IU and Jang Kiha, officially ended their relationship!

Both of their agencies, LOEN, and Dooroodooroo Entertainment, revealed the news on January 23, 2017, by saying, “The two recently broke up and have decided to remain in a good Hoobae (Junior) and Sunbae (Senior) relationship.”

Before, the two of them met each other on Jang Kiha’s SBS Power FM radio broadcast and started their relationship in 2013. Two years later in 2015, the Korean media announced their relationship in public.

IU and Jang Kiha Had Problems Before Breaking Up

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IU and Jang Kiha had already experienced a lot of relationship problems in previous months as they broke up and got back together again for different reasons.

In the end, they finally decided to just end their relationship. There were speculations about the couple’s breakup that have been confirmed by Jang Kiha’s agency. There are no doubts that the reason was that they were at the lowest points of their careers, as well with their personal life.

Perhaps one of the main reasons why their relationship didn’t last very long was because of the hectic schedules they had. The good news is that IU and Jang Kiha already moved on from their past differences and accepted their fate. They don’t hold any grudges with each other. IU and Jang Kiha are still good friends, despite them not being a couple anymore.

That’s all the information about IU and Jang Kiha’s relationship. IU and Jang Kiha have dated for so long and chose to separate as their best decision. Hopefully, the two of them can still be good friends. Don’t forget to keep updated on IU and Jang Kiha news on Channel Korea. Cheers!