So far, 2015 has been a phenomenal year for K-pop mega girl group So Nyeo Shi Dae (SNSD), better known as Girls’ Generation. Rebounding from the tragedy of losing its first member Jessica Jung, the remaining members — Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun — banded together to continue as an eight-member group. Their perseverance was paid in full as Lion Heart, their first full album without Jessica, was a massive hit.
Despite their popularity reaching new heights, there seems to be a trade-off Girls’ Generation has to suffer, and it seems to be in the love department. Throughout this year, three of the K-pop girl group’s members have lost love when their relationships ended. First was Tiffany who ended her relationship with Nichkhun of 2PM back in May. Next was Yoona who ended her relationship with singer-actor Lee Seung Gi three months later. And just recently, Taeyeon, who ended her relationship with Baekhyun of EXO. The aforementioned relationship news was debilitating for Sones (Girls’ Generation fans), so recent news that Yuri and Oh Seung Hwan were still strong since going public was welcomed. Even Seung Hwan’s plans not to marry Yuri anytime soon didn’t faze Sones.
Sadly, the relationship between Yuri and Oh Seung Hwan was the next casualty in the love lost curse Girls’ Generation is suffering. SM Entertainment officially confirmed the couple is no more.
The music label and agency popular for famous K-pop acts such as Super Junior, EXO, SHINee, f(x), and Red Velvet confirmed Kwon Yuri (simply known as Yuri) and Oh Seung Hwan’s split on Thursday, October 15, 2015, to eNews. This was in response to earlier reports made pertaining to the situation by other Korean news outlets.
“It is true that Yuri and Oh Seung Hwan have broken up.”
Most of the time, Korean couples break up because of conflicting or hectic schedules. According to KpopStarz, that may be the case as both Yuri and Oh Seung Hwan are extremely busy. Yuri is taking care of a Girls’ Generation promotional schedule both locally in Korea and internationally throughout most of East Asia. She has also been focusing on individual activities which includes playing the female lead role in an upcoming K-drama by Orion Cinema Network (OCN) titled Neighborhood Hero. Seung Hwan is busy with his role as a player for the Hanshin Tigers (also known as the Harshen Tigers). Ergo, Seung Hwan spends most of his time in Japan.
Though the hectic schedules both Yuri and Oh Seung Hwan have contributed to their breakup, it technically is not the only reason why they separated. Apparently, the long distance in their relationship was the final justification of the means to their end.
It is also possible the strain of the long-distance relationship was made far more tangible once Yuri and Oh Seung Hwan went public with their relationship back in April. Reportedly, the pair were supposedly dating since November of 2014. AllKpop reported on their relationship prior to them going public, with one entertainment insider recounting one of the times Yuri and Seung Hwan were seen together.
“There were other people there other than Yuri and Oh Seung Hwan, but you could easily tell that they were a couple. It was nice to see him taking such good care of her.”
With Yuri and Oh Seung Hwan’s relationship officially done, that leaves only one member of Girls’ Generation still in a relationship. Near the beginning of 2014, Sooyoung revealed her relationship with actor Jung Kyung Ho who is famous for playing one of the lead roles in K-drama Smile, You. Let’s hope Sooyoung does not fall to the love loss curse four of her fellow members in Girls’ Generation suffered this year.
[Featured Image via Promotions for “I Got A Boy,” Post Images via Chung Sung-Jun/Getty]