BY Adrienne Stanley | Aug 12, 2015 11:34 PM EDT
On August 13, the Korean outlet Star News published an article which reported the breakup of solo vocalist-turned-actor Lee Seung Gi and Yoona of Girls' Generation. The report cited an unnamed source who attributed their breakup to schedule conflicts. Yoona and Lee were a beloved couple by both K-Drama and K-pop fans.
SM Entertainment subsequently confirmed that the couple had split, in a statement published by OSEN.
"Yoona and Lee Seung Gi have broken up," said an official for SM Entertainment. "They have decided to stay on good terms."
Yoona was one of the first members of Girls' Generation to publically date. On January 1, 2014, representatives for both sides confirmed that they were dating after photos were released which depicted them walking on a sidewalk. According to reports, the couple began dating in October 2013 and recently dissolved the relationship, after one year and nine months.
Star News highlighted the busy schedules of the young stars, particularly noting that Yoona has been overseas for the past few months to film to the Chinese period drama, "God of War Zhao Yun." While her free time was previously focused on the drama, she is now in the midst of promotional activities for the latest Girls' Generation release, "Party." The popular girl group, which sustained a lineup change, is preceding to release a subsequent album, "Lion Heart," with a retro-inspired concept.
The article published by Star News noted the strained appearance by Yoona, particularly during recent episodes of their reality show, "Channel Girls' Generation."
Lee Seung Gi has also faced limitations on his free time due to filming for his movie "Love Forecast" and work on his recent K-pop album, which was released in June 2015.
About the writer: Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor for KDramaStars. She is also a contributing writer for KpopStarz, MTV Iggy, Viki and CJ Entertainment's KCON blog. Her passions include a love of K-pop and Asian drama. When she is not writing, she is hanging out on Twitter (@retrogirladdy).
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