IU’s agency recently confirmed that the Nation’s Little Sister is in a relationship with indie band member Jang Ki Ha and some people predictably lost their shit.
Loen’s stockholders went into a mini-tizzy over the news because… what would a stock market be without fluctuations based on the relationship status of a 22 year-old.
When news of their relationship was confirmed on October 8, Loen’s stock immediately went into red, the market value of the company decreasing a whopping 126.4 billion KRW (~$110.7 million USD). Further, compared to the previous closing price of 75,300 KRW (~$66 USD), Loen’s stock, which had risen 1,200 KRW (~$1.05 USD) ) to record a price of 76,500 KRW (~$67 USD), plummeted as soon as articles were released reporting IU’s relationship. The stock price, which had dropped as low as 72,000 KRW (~$63 USD), began falling even more steeply around 1:30pm on the same day, which was when IU herself admitted her relationship with Chang Kiha.
However, one person who seemed to take the news pretty hard was Maxim model Jung Du Ri, who took to Twitter to lament the fact that IU couldn’t do better or something.
“IU, don’t be like that. Are you crazy?“
“Get ahold of yourself and meet someone like EXO. I plead you.” (this post has since been deleted.)
“You’re a superior female in Korean society, so why in the world? First Sulli and now you. Have uncle fans put a tight corset on you?“
Got the image of IU in a corset out of your head? I’ll wait.
Leaving aside the fact that IU is a grown woman who can make her own decisions on who to date, the most hilarious thing about Jung Du Ri’s Tweets is that she recommends someone from EXO as a potential partner for IU. Yes, if anyone knows what it’s like to live in an environment where a private relationship can be nurtured and grow to its fullest potential, it’s EXO with its wonderfully supportive fan base full of reasonable individuals.
Still, the cynical side of me thinks that this had to be a media play, right? Girl jumps on the IU-relationship topic and then throws EXO into the mix to stir a thousand hornets’ nests at once? Yeah, that can’t be an accident.
Well played Jung Du Ri, Model Who I Now Know Exists.