Lee Hyori Responds To Rumors About Boyfriend Lee Sang Soon's Past, Recalls How She Won His Mom Over
By Jesse Lent | June 28, 2013 04:16 PM EDT
Rumors have been raging about Lee Hyori's boyfriend, Rollercoaster guitarist Lee Sang Soon.
The speculation is mainly focused on Lee Sang Soon's background, whether the soft-spoken musician has studied abroad and if he comes from a wealthy family.
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Lee Hyori admitted the rumors were mostly true, in an appearance Tuesday on the Seoul Broadcasting System program "Hwashin."
"[Lee Sang Soon's] parents own a kimbab place," Hyori said. "He did say that he was well-off when he was young."
Kimbab is a Korean dish made with steamed white rice wrapped in seaweed, similar to sushi.
"However, his parents went through a rough period," the singer added.
"He said that he had to make his own money in order to study abroad. His parents [still] own the kimbab place."
The "Miss Korea" singer said that things have picked up at the restaurant run by Lee Sang Soon's family.
"His mom has always been a great cook, so it's probably why their restaurant is doing well [again]," she said.
K-Pop's Queen of the "Bad Girls" recalled scoring some points with her boyfriend's mom by being her usual down-to-earth self.
"When I went for the first time to say my greetings, a customer ate just two pieces of kimbab and left the rest," Hyori said.
"His mom said that she would pack me kimbab, but I said that I would just finish the kimbab that was left on the table. People can't really eat kimbab in a dirty fashion. Anyway, I think I got some brownie points from her."
The singer may also deserve a Good Samaritan award for patching things up with her "Hwashin" co-host, Kim Gu Ra.
The controversial comedian returned to television in April after taking a yearlong hiatus because of comments he made referring to Japanese sex slaves called "comfort women" in World War II, as prostitutes.
Kim also made some anti-Lee Hyori comments on his internet radio show back in 2003 and expressed his distaste for the singer again in 2011 on the reality show "National Heroes."
"Lee Hyori and I have not had a good relationship," Kim said, adding, "I don't really like Lee Hyori."
Yet the pair seemed to have patched things up nicely, even sharing a hug on the Tuesday broadcast.
"I made a big mistake on an internet broadcast a while ago," Kim said, alluding to his 2003 comments about the singer.
"I feel that these celebrities who are ten years younger than me, like Moon Hee Joon and Lee Hyori, are my [younger siblings]. If I were them, I don't think I would have forgiven [me]. They are some really great people."
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