Netizens have expressed their disapproval, and even disgust, for the “love story” between YG Entertainment‘s CEO, Yang Hyun Suk, and his wife, Lee Eun Ju.
Recently, old clips from Yang Hyun Suk’s 2012 guest appearance on Healing Camp have resurfaced and are now circulating on social media. In less than two days, this particular tweet has racked up over 850 comments, 4K retweets, and nearly 12K likes.
On Healing Camp, Yang Hyun Suk discussed how he had met and fallen in love with Lee Eun Ju, who is 12 years his junior. The two had secretly dated for 9 years before marrying without a wedding ceremony in 2010.
When their relationship officially began in 2002, Lee Eun Ju was 20-21 and Yang Hyun Suk was 32-33, but Yang Hyun Suk’s interest in his wife-to-be started long before then.
Yang Hyun Suk confessed that he had begun to like Lee Eun Ju after catching a glimpse of her on television. Cameras briefly captured Lee Eun Ju, the younger sister of former Sechs Kies member Lee Jae Jin, when Lee Jae Jin was giving a house tour. At the time, Lee Eun Ju was in her second year of middle school.
“The camera caught her briefly. About 3 seconds? I saw this little kiddo doing the dishes and I went, ‘huh?'” — Yang Hyun Suk
A few years later, in 1997, Yang Hyun Suk met and later recruited 16-year-old Lee Eun Ju as a YG Entertainment trainee.
The two began dating 5 years later, after Lee Eun Ju’s group, Swi.T disbanded. Yang Hyun Suk told the cast that Swi.T was only one of two YG Entertainment groups that had failed, and this was partially due to his lack of effort.
“If I had supported Swi.T for the love of my wife, then they would have been a little more successful.” — Yang Hyun Suk
Yang Hyun Suk admitted that his lack of support for Swi.T was not entirely business related. When a fellow cast member suggested that Yang Hyun Suk had not wanted the group to succeed for fear that Lee Eun Ju would become popular, he agreed.
“I thought that too.” — Yang Hyun Suk
Yang Hyun Suk, who said he had a crush on Lee Eun Ju for three years before they began dating, described her as his ideal type.
“She was my type. Small and cute. She was the shortest in Swi.T […] and the youngest.” — Yang Hyun Suk
Netizen responses to this rediscovered story have been overwhelmingly negative. Many have found the couple’s age gap and relationship timeline disturbing.
Others have taken issue with Yang Hyun Suk’s treatment of Swi.T and find his management of the group unprofessional.
Yang Hyun Suk and Lee Eun Ju married after 9 years of secretly dating due to Lee Eun Ju becoming pregnant with their first child, Yang Yoo-Jin. Their second child, Yang Seung Hyun, was born in 2012.