Sulli Admits Relationship with Hip-Hop Rapper

Sulli of K-pop girl group f(x) and Choiza of hip-hop pair Dynamic Duo admitted they are dating, months after they denied dating rumors.

"Sulli (20) and Choiza (34) started off as close friends, but they developed feelings for each other and they are now in a relationship," said their respective management agencies SM Entertainment and Ameoba Culture in a separate press release on Tuesday.

"I apologize for not having been able to give a clear explanation despite swelling rumors," Choiza said. He decided to disclose his relationship with Sulli, as he realized that his relationship with her should not be a reason to suffer due to a flood of malicious comments online. He added that their relationship had just begun.

Their dating rumors had surfaced several times before.

In September last year, they were seen walking down the street holding hands and eating in a restaurant together. They dismissed it and said that they are just good friends. In June this year, when Choiza lost his wallet, a photo of them was accidently leaked. This prompted people to suspect their relationship, but both declined to comment.

Last month, Sulli decided to take a break for a while as she felt unbearable levels of stress due to online rumors. SM Entertainment denied that Sulli recently expressed her wish to leave f(x).

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 21, 2014 10:57 KST