Actress Na Hye-mi To Share Details of Shinhwa Eric’s Jealousy

Actress Na Hye-mi will be revealing how her husband Shinhwa’s Eric responds to seeing her kiss scenes in KBS drama My Only One. 


The upcoming episode of KBS’s talk show Happy Together Season 4 is promised to be very funny as the stars from KBS’s hit drama My Only One appear on this week’s episode to talk about various topics. One topic in particular, as reported by OSEN, was of how Shinhwa Eric jealously reacts to seeing his wife actress Na Hye-mi with her onscreen lover Park Sung-hoon.

KBS’s My Only One is a weekend drama starring UEE as the female lead and Choi Soo-jong as her father. The drama has been well received with the latest episodes setting a record of 44% viewership with the highest ratings during its time slot.

KBS’s ‘Happy Together 4’ airs on Thursday evenings at 11:10 pm (KST). Check out the highlights from last week’s episode starring Running Man’s Jeon So Min, Sky Castle‘s Park Yoo Na, trot fairy Hong Jin Young, Norzao’s Jo Bin and musical actor Kim Ho Young.




[OPINION] History of Kpop Boy Groups From 1990s

Kpop has come a long way over the years to become globally recognized in 2019. Looking back from the first generation of idols from the 1990s to now, Kpop idols have always had the burden of being adventurous and trend-setting icons.

With the current trend of older Kpop idol groups making a comeback to the Kpop scene, a lot has changed over the decades. In the 1990s when the first Kpop idol groups started emerging like H.O.T, Sechs Kies, Shinhwa and G.O.D, these idol groups experienced much criticism and love for their music while trying to solidify the upcoming genre, Kpop.

Taking a trip down memory lane towards one’s youth or childhood, there are some groups that can NOT be forgotten! The first generation of idol boy groups who not only created what is today’s Kpop fandom culture but also the foundation for the Hallyu wave! While there are many idols that deserve to be considered legends for each decade (1990s, 2000s, 2010s), these specific groups mentioned in this article were selected based on hours of research, personal memory, today’s popularity/activities and such! As a result, many may not agree with the listing or feel some idol groups should have been mentioned. Please note this is solely the opinion of the writer who may be biased with childhood memories of watching these groups in variety shows like SBS’s X-Men (2003-2007), SBS’s Love Letter (2004-2006) etc!

First generation of Kpop boy groups (1990s)

H.O.T (1996-2001, 2018-present)


Finding anyone who doesn’t know H.O.T would be rare in the Kpop scene. H.O.T is considered the first ever Kpop idol group that was formed by SM Entertainment. Even TVN’s hit drama series ‘Reply 1997’ (2012) has many references to H.O.T where the female lead is a die-hard fan of H.O.T’s Tony.

To signify how much importance H.O.T has in Korean culture, H.O.T had their reunion in 2018 through the famous variety show, MBC’s ‘Infinity Challenge’ (2005-2018).

After H.O.T made their comeback in 17 years on ‘Infinity Challenge’, H.O.T went on to hold their comeback concert in Seoul where fans and idols took a trip back to their youth in the 90s.

Secks Kies (1997-2000, 2016-present)


The second idol group in Kpop history, aka H.O.T’s rival, played an important role for shaping Kpop fandom. The power of Kpop fans gave rise to allowing artists to venture into other fields within the entertainment industry. Secks Kies was the first idol group to film their own movie, perform in a musical and perform at the Blue House for the president serving during that time.

Clip of H.O.T vs. Sech Kies fan war from Reply 1997 Kdrama

Secks Kiss also made their comeback in 2016 as guests on MBC’s ‘Infinity Challenge’ through a guerrilla concert. It was reported news of Secks Kies’s reunion was shared only 5 hours before the concert, which still managed to gather 6000 fans.

To really get an idea for what it was like in the 1990s during the reign of H.O.T and Sechs Kies, I HIGHLY recommend watching TVN’s Reply 1997. It is pretty accurate in depicting how severe or passionate Kpop fandom culture already was back then. Not to mention, this drama in addition to the rest of the Reply series (1997, 1994, 1988) are really great dramas to watch whether to understand Korean culture or to reminisce about your past.

Shinhwa (1998-present)

The role model of many idols, the longest active boy group in Kpop history, Shinhwa is the idol group who showed versatility to be possible for Kpop idols. It is common for idol groups to keep to their “color” or “style” but Shinhwa has proven the key to longevity to be due to the constant rebranding and continuous creativity among other things. Shinhwa formed their own company Shinhwa Company with Minwoo and Eric as co-CEOs managing their activities as a group confirming the brotherhood among the members.

Shinhwa members are well known for their talents in various areas in the entertainment industry. Not only are they immensely popular for their appearances on variety shows, each member has successfully proven their talents in various areas like dramas, movies, musicals, producing and much more!

Shinhwa is extremely talented and everyone has such a great relationship, it is no wonder the group has made history by being the longest active Kpop idol group! They spend infinite amounts of time and effort for fans, one of the most noteworthy would be that they have a concert every year. In 2019, it will be their 21st anniversary since debut.

G.O.D (1999-present)


JYP’s first idol group G.O.D has never disbanded, however they were previously on an extended hiatus as each member pursed their solo careers. G.O.D is known for their iconic songs that really reflected Korean culture in the early 2000s amassing fans from various age groups. Labeled as the “nation’s idols” that used lyrics described as  “storytelling,” many of their songs are still remembered as iconic Korean songs.

G.O.D is considered to be part of the legendary first generation Kpop idol groups among H.O.T, Seck’s Kiss and Shinhwa.

G.O.D’s songs are one of the best songs to sing in karaoke regardless of how old the songs are. The songs are still relatable and relevant amidst the 4th industrial revolution, simply “classic songs.”

Kpop Boy Groups of the 2000s

Super Junior (2005-present)

The iconic Kpop idol group that broke the stereotype by consisting of many members even 13 at one point. Super Junior can be considered to be one of the earliest hallyu idols that paved the path for Kpop to become globally recognized. Not only are they a household name today in 2019 but their everlasting popularity in Korea and abroad is something many idols aim for.

Super Junior can be considered one of the examples of successful subgroups that has proven to create more opportunities for the idols to showcase their talents outside of their group activities. After dominating Asia, Super Junior has proven their reigning power as iconic Kpop idols by their amazing success in Latin America even releasing songs in English, Korean and Spanish!

Super Junior was one of the first idol groups with so many members creating the opportunity to market to so many different preferences. Each member had their own unique remarkable characteristics that would appeal to nearly anyone. Frankly, it was a genius move by SM and now we have idol groups that follow this strategy! (Thank you SM!)

Big Bang (2006-present)

YG’s first idol group aka “Kings of Kpop” and the MVPs for setting the Hallyu wave ablaze internationally, especially outside of Asia, Big Bang is the group who continuously redefined what ‘KPOP’ is by experimenting out of the norm while expressing their individuality.

Big Bang is renowned for writing their own songs which plays a significant role for their success.

Not only is the group incredible for having so many No.1 songs but also their success promoting as subunits and soloists unbelievable that has become something to strive for the following generation of idols. Is there anyone who doesn’t know Taeyang’s Eyes, Nose, Lips or GD’s Coup d’etat?

Just thinking of Big Bang, the concept of swag, hip, fast beats, clubs and parties come to mind. While is it sad to see that most of the members are still serving mandatory military service, it won’t be long before they will be back!

SHINee (2008-present)

The boy band of SM aka the “Princes of Kpop” who set the standard for live performances with complex dance moves, Shinee contrasts crucially with other groups of the 2000s. Not only is this group experimental with their music exploring various genres, they are also considered the “aesthetic,” “artistic,” “beautiful” group through their choreography, concepts and wardrobes.

With the sad passing of member Jonghyun (RIP) in 2017, Shinee will never be the same. However, Shinee’s songs as a quintet, Jonghyun’s legacy remains as numerous fans continue to love and cheer for Shinee.

Shinee will forever be that scarred part of my Kpop love. They have had to regroup after the unfortunate experience of losing a member, however I fervently hope that they will be able to recover not only for themselves and fans but also for the legacy of JH to not be forgotten in the future.

Kpop Boy Groups of Today (2010s)

With less than 10 months before the end of the current decade, there are so many boy groups who debuted and deserve to be listed as THE boy group of 2010s. While many would want to nominate for their favorite group, I would say based on the past 110 months (2010-2019.2), EXO and BTS are the ones who will be considered the “legends” of 2010s in Kpop history years from now.

EXO (2012-present)

BTS (2013-present)

Is there anyone in the Kpop scene who doesn’t know EXO and BTS? EXO is the 3rd generation of SM’s beloved idol boy group taking on the baton from their seniors H.O.T, Shinhwa, Super Junior and Shinee. BTS is without a doubt the “titans of Kpop” if my 90 year old grandmother knows who they are because of the Korean news. So many records were broken and so much history was made by these two idol groups during this decade, I personally would like to bet some dough on whether BTS or EXO will show up in the history or business books in the near future. Having heard that UC Berkley is offering a DeCal class on BTS from a friend attending UCB, my odds of winning are very high. 

Looking back on Kpop idols from the 1990s, Kpop itself is still pretty young with so much potential for growth. As a passionate Kpop fan who grew up with the first generation of Kpop idols on my TV screen in the 1990s and 2000s, I genuinely hope that there will be a day when Kpop music can be heard on the radio (outside of Korean radio stations) abroad.


Disclaimer: The opinions or views contained in this article may not represent the opinions or views of Kpoplove, The Korea Daily, its employees, agents or affiliates.

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Woman Sentenced to Jail for Advertising and Selling Fraudulent K-Pop Tickets

A judge sentenced a woman in her twenties to jail for selling tickets to famous K-pop stars’ concerts but would take the money and not deliver the goods.

Image source – News 7 via Ilgan Sports

Judge Song Joong-ho of the Busan District Court sentenced a 23-year old woman, referred to as Ms. A, to serve a ten-month prison sentence. Her indictment comes after a months-long K-pop ticketing scheme.

Starting in December 2017 until June 2018, Ms. A posted messages on different bulletin boards advertising concert and event tickets for some of K-pop’s largest stars including Shinhwa, EXO, and BTS.

Ms. A would set up sales and receive payment, but failed to deliver the advertised tickets. According to court documents, she would cut contact with the victims after collecting as much as 440,000 KRW (393 USD). Moreover, the victims were not restricted to Korea, but also foreigners who visited the country to attend K-pop events. Amazingly, over the course of seven months, the criminal pulled off the scheme 63 times and accumulated around 11.14 million KRW (roughly 9,900 USD) in illegal profits.

“Although the number and duration of victims and crimes are significant, Mr. A has not paid any compensation,” Judge Song said during the sentencing. Adding that “Victims, both Korean and foreign, have filed a claim seeking to punish her.” Further, the Judge determined that this was not done for survival, but for personal profit. Ms. A bought purses, wallets, cosmetics, and more with the money she stole from K-pop fans.



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Shinhwa’s Kim Dong-Wan to Establish One-Man Agency

Shinhwa’s Kim Dong-Wan announces to establish a one-man agency after ending contract with CI ENT.

On October 31, CI ENT reported, “after exchanging much conversation with Kim Dong-Wan about the termination of his exclusive contract with us, we have decided to conclude our management business.”

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CI ENT concluded, “even though our contract as an agency and artist has ended, we will continue to cheer Kim as he embarks on another journey in his life.”

Kim Dong-Wan first joined the hands of CI ENT in 2014. Ever since then, he has appeared in various dramas, films, and variety shows to mark his presence in the minds of the public. Moreover, he also proved his capability as a musical actor when he starred in musicals “Edgar Allan Poe” and “Cyrano.”

Meanwhile, Kim Dong-Wan also announced that he will establish a one-man agency after terminating his contract with CI ENT. The first activity for the singer since he decided to work alone is meeting up with fans through the upcoming musical “Gentleman’s Guide.”

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Na Hye-Mi Reveals Marrying Eric Resulted in Continuous Threats and Malicious Comments

Na Hye-Mi reveals she suffered through continuous threats and malicious comments after marrying Eric of Shinhwa.

On September 13 broadcast of KBS2’s “Happy Together 3,” Na Hye-Mi appeared as a guest alongside Uee, Lee Jang-Woo, and Yoon Jin-Yi. It was especially attention gathering because it was the first time Na Hye-Mi and Yoon Jin-Yi ever appeared in a variety show.

During the talk show, Na Hye-Mi revealed that she had to suffer through a lot of threats and malicious comments after announcing her marriage with Eric. The actress said, “I’ve been a target of malicious comments ever since my debut through “Unstoppable High Kick” in 2006.”

“At the time, Jung Il-Woo was very famous. When it was announced that I had been casted as his counterpart, everyone went crazy. I received so many messages on my personal SNS account. The messages said, ‘watch your back’ or ‘I will stab you with a knife,’ or threats similar to those. I was very scared,” said Na.

Then the MC’s asked what it was like when she announced her marriage with Eric. In response, the actress said, “of course, I received many malicious comments and threats. I feel like people have been targeting me for a very long time. I feel unjust and sometimes upset, but I hope to hear better news through this upcoming drama.”

Then, Na Hye-Mi shared the behind story with Eric that led to his proposal.

She said, “before our marriage, he wanted to go on a vacation to take a small break. At the time, we got in a fight over a small, trivial thing, and Eric bursted out the door. I was so startled because he was never a person to do something like that. Afterwards, I started getting angrier, so I just went to sleep.”

“Afterwards, he called me outside while sleeping. I had found a note that says “Come out,” and I had a feeling that he wanted to propose to me. I got up and took out my white dress. I was mad, but I also put on makeup in the bathroom,” said Na with laughters.

She continued, “when I went outside, Eric was waiting for me with flowers by the beach. When I saw that, I felt sorry. Apparently, he had bursted out the door because he had to go get the flowers. That’s how the proposal went.”

Image Source – KBS2 “Happy Together 3”

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Shinhwa and Fans Celebrate the Group’s 20th Anniversary

Senior K-pop group Shinhwa celebrated their 20-year anniversary with a special album for fans.

Image source – Daily Source

Group Shinhwa held a press conference at Amoris Hall located at Time Square in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul on the afternoon of July 28. The meeting was not an ordinary conference for a regular comeback — this was the group’s 20th anniversary, and they had just released a special album to commemorate the event.

According to the group’s agency, Heart, the album is that the members took particular care to create and has a trendy sound. In addition to the unique sound that identifies the group, Shinhwa has also included songs in different genres they have not done before.

Further, the title song “Kiss Me Like That,” is a dance song led by an acoustic guitar. The resulting soft melody blends with modern rap to create an overall attractive, refreshing, and sophisticated music.

When talking about the title song, the group notes that they carefully considered which song would translate best into an engaging performance. With that in mind, the members agree that “Kiss Me Like That,” would show what the group could do and match with their senior status.

Fans too are joining in on the festivities with many taking to social media to talk about the group:

Meanwhile, Shinhwa is going to unveil its first comeback through Mnet’s “M Countdown” on the 30th.



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Actress Na Hye-mi Returns to TV One Year After Marriage with Eric

Actress Na Hye-mi has confirmed to return on TV after a year of marriage with Shinhwa’s Eric.

On August 8th, Na Hye-mi posted a selfie and wrote: “Everyone be healthy! and cheer up!”.

The actress has decided to appear on a new KBS 2TV drama called ‘My One and Only (하나뿐인 내편)’. On the 7th, she attended the drama’s script reading.

‘My One and Only’ is a story about a woman who meets her biological father after 28 years and finds hope of life.

In the drama, Na Hye-mi’s character is a sister of Kim Do-ran, played by Uee.

Na Hye-mi got married to Shinhwa’s member Eric in July last year after 5 years of dating.


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Wanna One’s Ong Seong-Woo and Ha Sung-Woon to Appear on ‘Law of the Jungle’

Wanna One’s Ong Seong-Woo and Ha Sung-Woon are heading to Sabah to film for SBS ‘Law of the Jungle.’

On April 19, OSEN reported that Ong Seong-Woo and Ha Sung-Woon recently confirmed to appear on ‘Law of the Jungle in Sabah.’

The two has previously expressed their desire to appear on the program, but were unable to join due to scheduling conflicts. Since they have appeared in various TV programs and proved their sense of humor, much anticipation is rising regarding their appearance in the jungle.

Producer Min Sun-Hong is in charge of ‘Law of Jungle in Sabah’. He has previously directed ‘Law of Jungle’ in New Zealand and Cook Island. Besides the two Wanna One members, actor Yoon Shi-Yoon and Shinhwa’s Eric, Minwoo, and Andy confirmed to join as well.

The crew members for ‘Law of the Jungle in Sabah’ will depart in May, and the program will premiere in July.

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Shinhwa Eric’s Wife Na Hye-mi Shares Beauty Secrets

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Actress Na Hye-mi’s photo shoot for the October edition of Cosmopolitan magazine was released.

In the photos, Na Hye-mi shows off her flawless skin with pink coral lips.

Na also shared her skincare tips during the interview. She said, “my number one priority when it comes to beauty care is sun protection. I try to apply a lightweight sunscreen even when I’m at home. Before makeup, I make sure to apply some sunscreen and then apply a cushion or liquid foundation.”

Na Hye-mi used to be a magazine model when she was in middle school. She shared her feelings about sitting in front of the camera again. “this photo shoot reminded me of those times. I am 27 years old now, so it was already 10 years ago. Also, I don’t really have skillful hands, so I am not very good at makeup. So when I do a sexy makeup with red lips, like I did today, it feels very weird like I have become a different person.”

She also talked about her body secrets. “I love eating. My hobby is going around and looking for a good restaurant. Yet, I don’t really work out much and I don’t enjoy it. So I try to eat little each time. I don’t skip meals and eat three times a day regularly. However, I put down my spoon before I feel full.”


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by Kang Suh-jung

Translated by Audrey Joung