4:17 pm - 09/12/2019

Kim Heechul Gets Emotional As He Reunites With Former SuJu Member Kim Ki Bum On Variety Show

During the September 11 episode of KBS2’s “Matching Survival 1+1,” former MBLAQ member Thunder, Lee Jin Ho, Kwon Hyuk Soo, and Kim Ki Bum appeared as guests. “Matching Survival 1+1” is a dating reality show that features young single men and women looking for romance as they shop at a market together.

Kim Heechul, the co-host of the program, was emotional about Kim Ki Bum’s appearance on the show and stated, “It’s been such a long time. I think I’m going to cry.” After happily greeting Kim Heechul, Kim Ki Bum gave an update on his life, saying, “I think I just stayed at home for an entire year.”

Lee Soo Geun commented, “Ki Bum is really sensitive. He’s also easily moved to tears. I hope he meets someone who makes him happy.” Kim Heechul added, “I really hope our Ki Bum can be happy.”

Kim Heechul later talked about how Kim Ki Bum hadn’t gone on blind dates before, saying, “When Kim Ki Bum lived with me…that was from 2006 to 2007, but during those times, I would always go out to nightclubs. After coming back from the nightclub, Ki Bum would be playing games at home, and he would make me hangover ramen. It’s already been over 10 years since then.”

When one of the female contestants expressed interest in Kim Ki Bum, Kim Heechul earnestly said, “Our Ki Bum. He’s really quiet and introverted, but he’s also really sincere. And unlike me, he doesn’t go out to play, and he doesn’t go to nightclubs either. Please look after our Ki Bum.”

Kim Heechul previously shared a photo and video clip on his personal Instagram account of his reunion with Kim Ki Bum. The two reminisced about their old nicknames and talked about growing older.

source: soompi 1 2, naver
babyjenkski 12th-Sep-2019 04:00 pm (UTC)
I really like this side of Heechul. He seems to sincerely care for Han Geng and Kibum even if they're no longer part of Super Junior.
idlewilds3 12th-Sep-2019 04:43 pm (UTC)
After all these years, I still don’t understand the whole Ki Bum deal . Like he was a ghost member for such a long ass time , I don’t understand why SM never just officially said he’s out. And like what has he been doing all these times to support himself?!!
jasmineakaiumi 12th-Sep-2019 05:36 pm (UTC)
it was such a weird situation
krissasaur 12th-Sep-2019 06:03 pm (UTC)
I am pretty sure SM just realized the drama it would cause and Kibum was content just waiting out a contract since he had no interest in being a celebrity.
premonitioner 12th-Sep-2019 11:04 pm (UTC)
I mean, I'm pretty sure that the insanity of a certain portion of ELF had something to do with it.
pepsi_twist9 13th-Sep-2019 03:14 am (UTC)
I read a theory about how he was gung-ho when Suju was still the rotation concept but when they were forced to be a group he was one that wanted out. He started off as an actor and didn't care for singing so much as a way to get popular (and help his acting). I have no idea how true that actually is though
idlewilds3 13th-Sep-2019 03:59 am (UTC)
But if that was true, how did he managed that kind of pull to dictate his career so early in the game?! 🤔
mycorrhizoid 13th-Sep-2019 12:47 pm (UTC)
I suspect his contract was different than the typical "idol" one since he originally debuted as an actor and wasn't intended to be in a group. He and Heechul always seemed to have less restrictions than the rest of them, back when I actually paid attention to SJ.

There was also a hilarious FF I read once about how Kibum was the only member who read the contract before he signed it (and therefore didn't sign the crazy clauses about having to get ugly hairstyles or not being allowed to wear a shirt (Siwon) or think (Donghae) etc etc).
gigabytexx 12th-Sep-2019 06:56 pm (UTC)
oh wow this dude is still looking really cute after all these years. But he wasn't the visual of the group?
tinzedesu 14th-Sep-2019 10:37 pm (UTC)
What happened to Kibum remains one of the biggest Kpop mystery to me lol. He was so active then just suddenly disappeared.
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