K-pop: HyunA and E’Dawn relationship causes controversy By Tom Gerken, UGC & Social News And BBC Korean Service These are external links and will open in a new window Image caption E’Dawn (left) and HyunA (middle) formed K-pop band Triple H with Hui (right) The head of a major music label in South Korea has denied reports HyunA and E’Dawn, two members of the pop trio Triple H, have been sacked after revealing their relationship. Cube Entertainment CEO Shin Dae-Nam released a statement after 720,000 tweets in 10 hours mentioned the K-pop stars’ supposed sacking. “We’ve yet to make an official decision on the rumour that HyunA and E’Dawn would be ousted,” reads the statement on Naver, a major South Korean website. “We are still discussing it, it is not a confirmed decision. Since the opinions of the artists are also important, this should be deliberately decided through the process of collecting opinions.” Many K-pop artists – often known as “idols” – are not allowed to enter into any form of romantic relationship while under contract. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat do non-Koreans love about K-pop? South Korean media previously reported that HyunA (Kim Hyun-ah) and E’Dawn (Kim Hyo-jong) were sacked by their label after it emerged the pair had been in a secret relationship for over two years. HyunA has had a successful solo career and E’Dawn is also known as a member of boy band Pentagon. The pair formed Triple H as a side project with fellow Pentagon singer Hui.
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