Following recent confusion on whether or not Kim Hyun Joong and his ex-girlfriend would be expecting their first child together, both parties have stepped up to clarify the situation.
On February 24, Kim Hyun Joong’s ex-girlfriend, Choi, spoke through her legal representatives, refuting previous claims that she could not be contacted, stating,“There is enough evidence to confirm the pregnancy and we are considering publicly releasing the information. In addition, Choi and Kim Hyun Joong have been in contact and have even met in person. Even today, the two have been in contact since the morning. However, we can’t release the content of the conversation between them.”
Kim Hyun Joong also released another statement through his agency, KEYEAST, saying, “We are not denying her pregnancy, rather we just wanted to clarify the situation by confirming it, but she has been unresponsive. We first heard news of her pregnancy in January and even received ultrasound pictures via phone messages. After this, Kim Hyun Joong, his father, and an acquantance met with her twice, on January 5th and January 7th. After that, the two have not met in person, but have contacted each other about going to the hospital to check on her and the condition of her body. They have not received her answer on this topic.
“We do not, by any means, dismiss her pregnancy, and like mentioned before, Kim Hyun Joong is fully willing to take responsibility for the child. It is common practice to visit the hospital when a mother is pregnant, to check on both the child and the mother’s conditions. It’s natural for Kim Hyun Joong and his parents to want to know whether or not Choi and the child are well.”
In August 2014, Kim Hyun Joong was accused of assault by his ex-girlfriend whom he had dated since 2012. After giving a sincere and official apology to both his fans and Choi, the two reconciled and she dropped the charges against him. However, one of the four counts of physical violence initially reported by Choi was reviewed by the Seoul courts, and Kim Hyun Joong was fined in January 2015 for 5 million won.
Following news of the artist becoming a father-to-be, Dispatch released a timeline of the events regarding the relationship between the two, including when they had dated, the date of assault, the date of the charges being dropped, and when he had found out of her pregnancy in January 2015.