Soloist Sunmi and her backup dancer Cha Hyun Seung have often been subject to dating rumors due to their chemistry and sensual choreography.
Having worked together for ten years, the two have naturally become close, but not in the way many imagine.
Cha Hyun Seung guested on Episode 9 of Show!terview with Sunmi. Fans requested him, but she was just as excited for her “bestie” to appear on the show.
Sunmi mentioned how there had been a rumor that they were dating, and he was well aware.
Sunmi: There used to be a rumor saying that you and I are dating.
Cha Hyun Seung: I know!
Cha Hyun Seung: There’s another rumor… You know, our choreography is kind of explicit.
Sunmi: That’s true.
Cha Hyun Seung explained how people make a lot of prejudgments and assumptions due to his working relationship with Sunmi. So, it makes it difficult for him to find a significant other.
As much as she always tells me to see someone, one of the reasons that I can’t see someone is you.
— Cha Hyun Seung
Sunmi got curious then. Having known each other for ten years and working so intimately together, has Cha Hyun Seung actually ever caught feelings as many suspected?
Are you blaming me?! Then let me ask you a question… While there’s the rumor, have you ever taken me as more than just a friend?
Cha Hyun Seung didn’t even wait for Sunmi to finish her sentence. He bluntly responded that he had never thought of her as more than a friend.
— Cha Hyun Seung
Sunmi was taken aback by how quickly he responded. She couldn’t even believe it.
Sunmi: Heeeeyyyyy! Wait! How could you answer this quickly?! How can you answer it before I finish the question?
Cha Hyun Seung: Seriously.
Sunmi: Not even once?
Cha Hyun Seung explained his answer. The two have too much of a sibling-like relationship, so he sees her as a “little sister.”
Okay, hear me out. You are like a spoiled, mischievous little sister.
— Cha Hyun Seung
Still, Sunmi was curious if there was more reason why. She reassured him that she was not offended but that viewers might want to know.
Why never?! How come? It’s not that I’m mad or something, but our viewers must be curious about it.
Cha Hyun Seung revealed that he was a fan of Sunmi’s before they ever worked together as she was a member of the Wonder Girls. While Hyelim was the official maknae, Sunmi was born the same year, so she also was a maknae of sorts, and Cha Hyun Seung viewed her with a “pure image.”
Cha Hyun Seung: I used to be your fan before I knew you in person. When you were in Wonder Girls, I was also in a dance team so whenever I came across you in the hallway, I was like, “Wow!”
Sunmi: Why can’t he finish his sentence?
So, even though Cha Hyun Seung and Sunmi are really only one year apart in age, he always thought of her as a “little sister” from the beginning!
Cha Hyun Seung: … before “24 Hours,” she had had a pure image. She was nice, gentle, shy, timid, introvert. You look so much younger than me.
Sunmi: Actually, we’re 1 year apart.
To describe Cha Hyun Seung and Sunmi’s relationship as that of siblings is no exaggeration, as even their actual family members consider them part of each other’s respective families.
Cha Hyun Seung: You know what? My family considers you a family member. On national holidays, they ask me, “Is Sunmi going home this holiday?” Or on your birthday, “Say happy birthday to Sunmi.” But your brothers do the same to me.
Sunmi: That’s true. My family cares about Hyun Seung. Hyun Seung’s family cares about me. That’s how precious our relationship is!
While Sunmi and Cha Hyun Seung’s relationship isn’t all that many fans imagined, it’s somehow even greater!
Watch the full interview below.