Korean actress Han Ye-seul, 39, whose drama credits include “Spy Myung-wol,” “Tazza” and “Will It Snow for Christmas?,” admitted that her new boyfriend worked at a karaoke bar but denied that he became a male escort there.
Han Ye-sul has been bombarded with questions regarding the personal background of his 29-year-old boyfriend Ryu Sung-jae, a former theater actor whom she met at a karaoke bar, since she uploaded their photos on Instagram last May 13.
“His prior occupation was a stage actor and he had worked in karaoke before. You may think that host bars and karaoke are the same but I believe that in karaoke, everything is done in the open,” she posted on Instagram, according to the Korea JoongAng Daily.
She added, “I met him a few years ago in a place I visited with my acquaintances. And I fell in love with him last September, which was when he’d already quit the job.”
After she revealed the photo of her boyfriend, YouTube channel Garosero Research Institute, or Hover Lab, uploaded a report and claimed that Ryu Sung-jae used to work as a male escort at a host bar.
On June 2, Korean media outlet Dispatch published a report in which those who knew Ryu Sung-jae revealed his past.
The report stated that Han Ye-seul and Ryu Sung-jae met at an illegal entertainment establishment.
Last year, the two met at an illegal karaoke bar located in the affluent area of Cheongdam-dong in Gangnam, Seoul. The karaoke bar, which can’t hire male receptionists, was registered as a regular restaurant but has since changed its signage to avoid crackdown by the government.
It said Ryu Sung-jae worked as a male host. Although it is not illegal, the problem arises when one develops a relationship with clients.
A source told Dispatch that Ryu Sung-jae worked more like an escort than a host with the purpose of sponging off clients. The source said the “hosts” are chosen by female guests.
Another source who provided Dispatch with a photo said Han Ye-seul’s boyfriend received sponsorship such as financial support from married and divorced women.
“He met married women several times but quit the place in September when he started dating Han Ye-seul,” the source said.
According to another source, Han Ye-seul tried to debut his boyfriend as an actor and in the process, she had a disagreement with her agency.