5:24 pm - 09/20/2018

Former U-Kiss member Dongho to divorce from wife after 3 years, his father gives interview

Former U-KISS member Dongho confirmed his divorce following reports.

Dongho married his non-celebrity wife in 2015 and announced the birth of their son the following year.

The former actor-singer wrote about his divorce in a post on his Facebook page. His post can be read below:


“I apologize for making many people worry because of the reports today.

“I wanted to pass this quietly for the sake of my son and his mother, but reports came out.

“This isn’t something I’m going to talk about at length, but we decided to get a divorce due to personality differences. We have completed all the paperwork for a divorce by mutual agreement.

“This was a decision made after a lot of discussions and worrying. Since I did not separate from my child’s mother due to a bad relationship, we will take responsibility as our child’s parents until the very end despite ending our relationship as a married couple.

“Lastly, I am a person who has already been exposed to mass communication, but I would like to make an earnest request to everyone for this to not become an even greater wound for my son as he grows up.

“Thank you.”

On September 20, Dongho’s father Shin Sung Chul, who previously established Photo Music and Music Life magazine, stated through an interview, “All of the procedures for the divorce have already been completed. It hasn’t been long [since].”

His father continued, “It became like this due to differences in personality and because they’re not a good match together. I don’t like it, but what can I do… It’s unfortunate, but later in life, I think there will be good opportunities (reconciling, etc).”

In regards to Dongho’s son, his father stated, “Because they have a child, they didn’t split on bad terms. A while ago, they even brought their son along because we wanted to see him. When it comes to rearing children, a parent must take full responsibility. Because we thought it would be better if the mother took care of the child, we decided on that.

After jumping back and forth between Korea and Japan following his marriage, Dongho is currently staying in Japan. He is juggling both his DJ career and other business ventures. In response to the possibility of his son’s return to the entertainment industry, he stated, “He doesn’t have any plans [of doing so], as far as I’m aware. He wants to live freely while working as a DJ.”

sources: soompi 1, 2, naver 1, 2
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samfrack 20th-Sep-2018 04:53 pm (UTC)
The last part makes it sound like the personality differences are more Dongho wanted to be a DJ and have a career that included being away from family and his wife said nope. So pretty much he wasn't ready to actually be the family man he needed to be. Hope people respect the wife and son's privacy. I don't think many chase after Dongho the way he implies anymore.
mikachi613 20th-Sep-2018 07:07 pm (UTC)
Being in the industry from that young of an age has to mess with you, he clearly had some issues he hadn't worked out prior to getting married and having a kid. Hopefully they all have an amicable split and the kid isn't affected too harshly.
vintage_boom 20th-Sep-2018 06:16 pm (UTC)
ugh men.
nekobot 20th-Sep-2018 08:13 pm (UTC)
But his DJ career
mikachi613 20th-Sep-2018 06:21 pm (UTC)
The irony in all of this was that he stopped being an idol to live a more private life, if I remember correctly.
Clearly they got married way too young.
goshipgurl 20th-Sep-2018 06:55 pm (UTC)
they got married because he got her pregnant, another shotgun wedding.
sra_interesante 20th-Sep-2018 07:58 pm (UTC)
well, all i remember about news revealing their wedding plans was everyone predicting it was a shotgun wedding and it was

then i saw him in few episodes of superman return and tbh he just gave me those sad vibes, i dont have nothing against young parents but like stay-home dad he looked kinda ... hopeless

i guess he really wasnt a good fit for married life
921227 20th-Sep-2018 08:01 pm (UTC)
Sad, but unsurprising. They got married and had a kid super young. It's good that it's on good terms and maybe in the future they'll reconcile when they're both more mature
miss_suunshinee 20th-Sep-2018 08:24 pm (UTC)
his ex-wife have used sns to talk about how he spended easily a month away from home .... i cant say i'm surprised, on ig seems like she was always raising that child all alone

Edited at 2018-09-20 08:27 pm (UTC)
edanz_castle 20th-Sep-2018 11:37 pm (UTC)
So sad. I'd ask for a divorce too.
baekpedaling 20th-Sep-2018 08:30 pm (UTC)
They were a cute couple and Dongho, from what we've seen, is a great dad. If there schedule for taking care of Asher has stayed the same from when he was a baby (Dongho taking care of him part of the day while his wife would sleep and then them switching, with Dongho also going to dj) I could see how that could cause some problems.

They both just looked really pitiful. Glad they are apparently on good terms and hope they continued raising Asher well
petecarl 20th-Sep-2018 09:07 pm (UTC)
That's a good statement, but the part below it about him going to Japan for his DJ career makes it seem like he won't be around much and doesn't really want the responsibility of parenting, which I get, cause this was a surprise baby that led to a shotgun marriage, but it's a bit late for that now, cause the kid's already here. I hope I'm wrong and he turns out to be a constant presence in his kid's life and supports his ex in child rearing.
pepsi_twist9 20th-Sep-2018 09:08 pm (UTC)
That sucks but in the long run is probably better. I knew he was young but didn't realize he's still only 24 now. They've got a healthy attitude to care for their kid and if he was away for such long extended periods of time I hope the divorce makes him spend more time with his child.

I know that sounds like two opposing ideas but attitudes change when you're no longer running away from a perceived problem and confronting it.
lil_poisonfrog 20th-Sep-2018 09:21 pm (UTC)
Wasn't this woman way older than him, and they met when he was a teen? Yeah I don't blame him for leaving, she seems like a creep tbh.

That being said, he should still do right by his kid in raising and providing for them.

Edited at 2018-09-20 09:22 pm (UTC)
nekobot 20th-Sep-2018 09:42 pm (UTC)
No, that was Eli from the same group! If I remember correctly in this case the woman was only one year older than him so not particularly creepy, just dumb when it comes to not using birth control (both of them).
nana_the_dwarf 20th-Sep-2018 09:54 pm (UTC)
Should have used a condom.
premonitioner 20th-Sep-2018 10:56 pm (UTC)
the comment from the dad is so telling about Korea's view on marriage and parenting - 'you should stay together even if you're not a good match, I will probably keep pushing for you to get back with the woman who you got pregnant out of wedlock'
jasmineakaiumi 20th-Sep-2018 11:04 pm (UTC)
that and leaving the child-rearing up to the mother
lonelymoon 20th-Sep-2018 11:37 pm (UTC)
A couple who married super young divorces after a few years? Shocking
sweetestbliss1 21st-Sep-2018 02:11 pm (UTC)
You mean "A couple who married super young because they got pregnant and then divorces" I hate to be that person too, but honestly, their chances of a successful marriage were low from the get go.
theweebdream 21st-Sep-2018 12:07 am (UTC)
“Because we thought it would be better if the mother took care of the child, we decided on that.”

Lmao wtf does this even mean?? Is this Korea being Korea??

Also folks, this is why you don’t have a shotgun wedding *side eyes stepsister who is having one in November*
nana_the_dwarf 21st-Sep-2018 03:01 am (UTC)
In this case, I wanna think it’s because it was the mom who has basically raised the kid, since Dongho spends months away from his home at times according to translations.

I don’t doubt it’s Korea being Korea as well though.

Edited at 2018-09-21 03:02 am (UTC)
annayism 21st-Sep-2018 12:12 am (UTC)
i'm sad for the woman raising her kid all by herself. if you're not ready to have a child use freaking contraceptives!!! people are dumb
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