‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’ photo essay book cancelled after Kim Seon-ho’s abortion scandal

The published of the Korean drama “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Photo Essay” photo essay book cancelled its publication originally slated on Nov. 30 following the abortion scandal involving Kim Seon-ho.

“Due to the publisher's circumstances, the publication of ‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Photo Essay’ has been cancelled. We will never forget the support of many people during the pre-sale period,” stated Booklog Company, the publisher.

Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho and the "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Photo Essay" book (Instagarm, Booklog Company)

It added, “We would like to thank and apologize to the readers who pre-ordered the book, the readers who participated in the pre-event with all their heart, and the readers who took interest in the book. We are sorry for not keeping the promise.”

“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” starred Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho and aired its final episode last Oct. 17 with the highest ratings for the series. Its rating for the finale landed the drama at No. 14 on the highest-rated dramas on cable TV history in South Korea.

The author of “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Photo Essay” is Studio Dragon, the production company of the drama.

Sold at 28,000 won ($23.8), the 368-page photo essay book features Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho, other characters in the drama and Gongjin village.

On the other hand, Booklog Company said the “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Script Book,” scheduled for publication on Nov. 8, will be released.

Kim Seon-ho’s career has been severely damaged after her former girlfriend posted on Oct. 17 that he forced her to abort their baby in July 2020 on the pretext of marriage and living together.

Salt Entertainment, Kim Seon-ho’s agency, was slow in responding to the post and issued a statement only on Oct. 19 but only said it was verifying the facts of the woman’s post.

On Oct. 20, Kim Seon-ho admitted her former girlfriend’s accusations, saying, “I would like to apologize for making a late statement with my fear of watching my own name constantly being mentioned in many articles,” the Korea Herald reported.

“Though we were in a relationship with good feelings to each other, I have hurt her with my carelessness and inconsiderate actions. I would like to apologize in person, but I am currently waiting some time to ask forgiveness. I would like to say sorry with this writing,” he added.

Kim Seon-ho said “it seems like I forgot about the people who have supported me to become the actor Kim Seon-ho. I would like to, once again, apologize for causing trouble to the people who have worked with me. I know my writing is insufficient for an apology, but I would like to express my sincerity. I am sorry.”

His former girlfriend updated her post on Oct. 20 and wrote, “I am sorry that my writing has caused unintentional damage to many people.”

“There was a time when both he and I truly loved each other but I also feel bad to see him collapse in an instant due to some of my extreme posts. I received an apology from him and it seems that there was a misunderstanding between us,” she said.

She added, “I hope that no more false information will be revealed or that my or his story will be expanded and reproduced. My heart is heavy because it seems that this incident has caused a lot of damage to many people. This post will be down soon.” She has since deleted her entire post on Pann Nate website.

Because of the abortion scandal, Kim Seon-ho was removed from the Korean reality TV show “2 Days & 1 Night” and was also dropped from the films “Sad Tropical,” “Dog Days” and “2 O'clock Date.”

Meanwhile, an acquaintance of Kim Seon-ho and his former girlfriend posted on Instagram that new revelations will come on Oct. 25. The person later changed his decision to reveal information but will make a post if the decision changes.