Who is Kim Dong-wan’s Girlfriend?
Unlike the idol groups these days, the veteran idol like Shinhwa is blunter when it comes to the subject of dating. This applies as well to one of its member, Kim Dong-wan, who has spoken several times about the women who became his ex-girlfriends. During his appearance on SBS’s Yashimanman, Kim Dong-wan said that he used to have a model girlfriend with whom he had already broken up, due to the busy activities of Shinhwa. Before the breakup, Kim Dong-wan said that he had a quite selfish love for his ex-girlfriend because whenever he misses her, he will always be able to see her but when his ex-girlfriend wants to see him, his cell phone will be turned off (because he has the hectic schedule with Shinhwa). In addition, Kim Dong-wan said that once he falls in love with someone, he will go into a relationship with someone for a long time. His loyalty in the relationship continues even after he has broken up with his lover, just like what he told on JTBC’s Shinhwa Broadcast on 9 December 2012 that he has the habit of calling his ex-girlfriend when he is drunk, which he regrets afterward because the result is always bad. When he was being asked about whether he would reveal his relationship to the public, Kim Dong-wan stated on KBS2’s Win Win on 13 March 2012, “It is not beneficial for the women involved unless we are going into the more serious relationship (marriage)”. On another KBS2 variety program 1 vs. 100, which aired on 10 November 2015, Kim Dong-wan revealed an ironically funny story about his inability to get married to this day, “As I got closer to my girlfriend, she got a habit of continuously farting. On top of farting, she even tried to feed me her farts. That’s why we broke up”.
After he completed his military service, Kim Dong-wan resumed his activities by appearing on variety shows. On 13 January 2015, Kim Dong-wan shared some of his personal stories on tvN’s Taxi, including his past relationship. When he was being asked by the MC about the rumors of dating actresses, Kim Dong-wan unequivocally answered, “There were two of them. Both are younger than me by a year. They have already gotten married”. Moreover, Kim Dong-wan talked about the change of his idea type before and after the military service, “After I passed the age of 30, my interest in girls has decreased by half. Before my military service, I liked girls whom everyone acknowledges to be pretty, like Song Hye-gyo. Now I like girls who are pretty only in my eyes. Just like what my manager says, I seem to like girls whose faces seem to have been rubbed over by an eraser. I like girls whose features are not too pronounced”. As for his dating style Kim Dong-wan stated on Mnet’s Beatles Code 2 which was aired on 3 May 2012 that he is the type to be friends with the woman whom he wants to date, because he wants to try to get to know her a little first. During an interview for Shinhwa’s comeback in 2015, Kim Dong-wan had also been warned by his mother that he should have been married by the end of 2015.
As he was the regular member of MBC’s variety show I Live Alone, Kim Dong-wan often told stories about his dating experiences to the members and guests of the show, saying that he had dated top stars in Korean showbiz. On the episode which was broadcast on 8 May 2015, Kim Dong-wan revealed that his ex-girlfriend contacted him after watching the broadcast, saying that now she knows that Kim Dong-wan does indeed live a busy life, just like the old times when they were dating. While on the show, Kim Dong-wan invited his childhood friends to the broadcast on 31 July 2015. One of his friends made it public that Kim Dong-wan and singer Lee Hyo-ri were being set up on a blind date, “We were all there. They both had expressions like they were chewing gum”. Regarding this matter, Kim Dong-wan explained, “The reason why it happened is that I was wearing flared pants and Lee Hyo-ri was wearing hip-hop pants.” It was such an unflattering appearance for both of them that no one was really enjoying the set up at that time. Kim Dong-wan’s friend also put in a comment, “Everyone said Lee Hyo-ri was pretty, but only he did not like her.” Kim Dong-wan replied, “Lee Hyo-ri was also shocked at my response. It’s good that we did not end up together.” Initially, it has been known that Kim Dong-wan was supposed to debut in a mixed group with Lee Hyo-ri and Lee Ji-hye. However, plans were called off after Lee Hyo-ri was scouted by a big entertainment company.
On the episode of MBC’s Radio Star which was broadcast on 13 May 2015, Kim Dong-wan talked about the break up with his girlfriend after he decided to go to Canada to learn English for three months. He admits that when she asked him to choose between her and Canada, he chose Canada. However, it felt that he was the one who was dumped. After discussing it for a while with the hosts and fellow cast members of I Live Alone, they came come to the conclusion that Kim Dong-wan’s ex-girlfriend was actually cheating on him and not just trying to provoke his jealous streak, which completely shocked him. What made Kim Dong-wan feel worse is that he had that kind of thing happen to him with two different girls, with the other girl telling him several times that she could not contact him over the weekend because she was going on a holiday with friends. He said, “I thought it was okay but then, it happened way more often until I started to wonder whether she was married.” Later on, one of the MCs asked Yoon Jong Shin, “didn’t you bring your girlfriend to our cafe one time?” to which Kim Dong-wan responded, “I did twice, but they were two different girls. I said to your wife, ‘Please pretend you don’t know me’ because I don’t want to be found out by the public.”
Not only talking about his own relationships, Kim Dong-wan also shared his opinion on 4 June 2013 for the broadcast of tvN’s Taxi regarding dating younger woman with a big age, saying, “When we were younger, we had tons of opportunities to meet women who were a similar age. Now that we are older, our dating pool has gotten smaller, since those women are now married. When we go out, the women around us are now more than 8 years younger than us. So in other words, it just happens to be that the girl is younger than the guy, not that the guy is actually seeking a younger girl.”
Did Kim Dong-wan Have Plastic Surgery?
Unlike the typical Korean idols who brushes off the allegation of getting plastic surgery, Kim Dong-wan adamantly admitted that he got a nose job before his debut with Shinhwa. The revelation firstly occurred during his appearance on MC Mong’s Pleasure and Pain which aired on 16 April 2007. While talking about an accident before he debuted with Shinhwa in which his nose was injured by a falling speaker, Kim Dong-wan exposed the fact that he has received plastic surgery because of it. The more-detailed explanation about his nose surgery was told by Kim Dong-wan during his appearance on SBS’s Strong Heart which was aired in March 2011. He said that when he first debuted, he took profile pictures. However, S.M Entertainment’s CEO Lee Soo-man asked him to come into the office. It turned out that he did not like the shape of Kim Dong-wan’s nose so he gave him a present by taking him to a plastic surgeon, “And then he (Lee Soo-man) ended up giving me a new nose”.
Kim Dong-wan added, “But even after the surgery, my nose was still kind of crooked, and the doctor literally pressed the sides of my nose to reposition the bones and when he was done the doctor said, “Now it’s complete. You may go home”. The hilarious story about Kim Dong-wan’s plastic surgery instantly made the studio filled by the laughter of other guests.