HB Entertainment has announced that Ahn Jae-hyun will not appear at a public exposition for "Defective People" on August 22nd. In an additional statement they have stated that the reasons for his lack of attendance are not related to stress or personal problems.
The deliberate addition of this statement is somewhat surprising, as there is no other obvious reason why Ahn Jae-hyun would not attend a public exposition for an upcoming drama where he has been cast as the lead character. Nonetheless, HB Entertainment has insisted that the scheduling conflict was identified some four weeks ago.
Such a conflict does not necessarily rule out the possibility that Ahn Jae-hyun's ongoing conflict with his wife, Ku Hye-sun, is the real reason why he has made himself scarce. According to Ku Hye-sun, HB Entertainment and Ahn Jae-hyun had been planning to go public with a false story that the divorce had been mutually agreed upon based upon an agreement she had made with them. Negotiations between the spouses could easily have been going on since over a month ago.
It's conceivable that Ahn Jae-hyun and HB Entertainment were hoping to replicate the success of Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's relatively conflict-free low damage divorce, which included limiting the pair's short-term contact with domestic journalists. In any event, "Defective People" will premiere on November 20th and a divorce alone is unlikely to get Ahn Jae-hyun kicked off the drama, though what damage will be incurred to his reputation as a result of these events is as of yet unknown.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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