For the past decade, the Korean news outlet Dispatch has revealed a new idol couple on New Year’s Day. Now that 2020 is here, it’s time to look back on Dispatch’s January 1st couples from 2010 until now.
1. 2010: Yoo Hae Jin and Kim Hye Soo
Yoo Hae Jin and Kim Hye Soo made history as Dispatch’s first New Year’s Day couple of the decade. Unfortunately, their romance was short-lived. Yoo Hae Jin and Kim Hye Soo broke up one year later, in 2011.
2. 2013: Rain and Kim Tae Hee
No New Year’s couples were revealed by Dispatch in 2011 and 2012, but the tradition continued in 2013 with Rain and Kim Tae Hee. Seven years have passed, but this couple (now married) is still going strong!
3. 2014: Yoona (Girls’ Generation) and Lee Seung Gi
One of the most beloved idol couples of all time was revealed on January 1, 2014. For years, Lee Seung Gi told the whole world that Yoona was his ideal type. Fans were thrilled when this dream couple became reality and enjoyed the romance while it lasted. The couple parted ways in July 2015.
4. 2015: Lee Jung Jae and Im Sae Ryung
Dispatch revealed the relationship between actor Lee Jung Jae and the daughter of Daesang Group’s president, Im Sae Ryung, on January 1, 2015.
5. 2016: Junsu (JYJ) and Hani (EXID)
Junsu and Hani‘s relationship was announced on January 1, 2016. The couple split in September, due to their busy schedules.
6. 2017: No reveal
In 2017, Dispatch did not reveal a New Year’s couple. Instead, a political scandal involving Choi Soon Sil and former president Park Geun Hye was the breaking news everyone was talking about.
7. 2018: G-Dragon (BIGBANG) and Lee Joo Yeon (former After School member)
In 2018, Dispatch announced this celebrity couple, citing evidence that G-Dragon and Lee Joo Yeon (Jooyeon) had spent three days on Jeju Island together.
A month later, however, former BIGBANG member Seungri stated that none of the members, aside from Taeyang, were currently dating. Both G-Dragon’s agency and Joo Yeon’s agency denied Dispatch’s report.
Except for Taeyang, none of the Big Bang members have girlfriends.
8. 2019: Jennie (BLACKPINK) and Kai (EXO)
Dispatch broke the internet when they announced this power couple! Unfortunately for shippers, this couple’s relationship ended before January did.
9. 2020: No reveal
Super Junior‘s Heechul and TWICE‘s Momo are the New Year’s Day couple of 2020, but Dispatch isn’t the outlet that reported the relationship. Instead, Market News broke the news!