Well, this pairing was unlikely!
Local news media Dispatch is reporting that singers IU and Jang Ki Ha (of the band Jang Ki Ha and the Faces) have been dating since March this year. They have been making the time to see each other despite their busy schedules; for example, IU would immediately go see Jang Ki Ha after returning from her trip to Shanghai on August 30 before going to practice for her fan meeting. The same goes for September 7, when IU would go straight to Mapo after returning from Hong Kong. Their usual dating location was at home at each other’s houses (Jang Ki Ha’s located in the Mapo District and IU in the Yongsan Distctrict, Seoul).
When both are not busy, according to Dispatch, Jang Ki Ha would be the one to go see IU, driving to Yongsan in his Hyundai i30. Their date outfits were nothing special: casual and dark, but they were often adorning masks because they are wary of the public.
IU is 22 years old and Jang Ki Ha is 33. Despite the 11-year age difference, they have a lot to talk about with each other, especially about music. According to Dispatch, an acquaintance of both told them that IU and Jang Ki Ha connected through music and their relationship naturally developed into a romantic one.
It has been confirmed that IU and Jang Ki Ha are dating. IU’s management agency, Loen Entertainment, stated through an official statement that after talking with IU, they can confirm that the two singer are dating. The agency explained, “The two people are currently dating after developing feelings for each other while exchanging dicussions about music as colleagues beginning two years ago.” It also asked for the public’s support so that the two can continue their relationship as musicians and colleagues together.
Congratulations to the singer-songwriter couple!