Why did Alex decide to leave We Got Married?

I was just thinking, was there really a need for Alex to come off the show because he wanted to concentrate on his music career? I’m not a musician, etc but maybe it does consume your entire time. But look at Solbi, she has so many shows where she’s a host and she even has a role in a drama currently showing on MBC. She still has time to come on We Got Married which I believe takes up two days, one day to record the scene and another day for the studio.


One reason could be that Alex had during the course of the show found it hard to contain his growing feelings for Shin Ae. The show was originally setup to enact how newly-weds behave in situations assigned to them via mission envelopes and then the couples take it from there, probably the only scripted part. How the situation pans out is according to their own personalities.

All in all, Alex is probably someone who is very a very good lover and once he gets started, he won’t inhibit himself. He must have probably fell for Shin Ae unassuming charms along the way. But it’s hard for him because he has to remind himself that it’s just a show, not reality. But as it went on, it became harder and harder for him to control his feelings. Cue the kissing scene during their picnic outing, he was just filled with an indomitable spirit.

Thus before he hurts Shin Ae further, before she falls for him further, it wasย better for him to cut ties with her. Whether it’s for his career or he did not want to play out his relationship in the public, we wouldn’t really know.

Shin Ae and Alex in blissful times

Or maybe the producers decided that a change was due anyway since they always love to do it for variety shows and inject some freshness. They probably asked Alex if he was agreeable to it and he said yes.

Alex is lucky that he isn’t an idol star like Andy who is now like under media and netizen scrutiny over his every move. By being off the show, Alex isn’t subjected to much intense scrutiny except for the odd paparazzi.

Another thing is that he has taken a radio show vacated by Sung Shi Kyung and there’s also unconfirmed news that he’s in Japan to record his album. So yeah.

Either way, it doesn’t feel like Alex and Shin Ae would be back unless another couple is cut from the present line-up. And even if Alex decides to return, will Shin Ae really want to come back on again seeing how fragile her heart is with regards to relationships? What if Alex is free to come back on but Shin Ae has something to do then…There’s always a scheduling conflict possibility.

Alex โ™ฅ Shin Ae

29 thoughts on “Why did Alex decide to leave We Got Married?

  1. When I saw the last episode and he sang the song then broke the sad news to her. I can see that she was hurt….yet again by someone who she just starting to opened up to. But, I hope they’re still friends or who knows maybe they’re dating outside of the show :). The show ends for them but that doesn’t mean that they can’t see each other forever. I’ve come to really like Shin Ae for her personality, or maybe I kinda like her myself, shy.

  2. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this matter.
    I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because the producers wanting to change couple. Alex and Shin Ae are one the more popular couples in We Got Married…it would be foolish for the producers to change them. I think if any the PDs would want them to stay longer.

    Now what I think….there are 2 possibilities.
    The first one is the same as yours — that Alex fell for Shin Ae (I think we’re all pretty sure about that judging from his kiss and the way he looks at Shin Ae) in real life and he doesn’t want his love life to be paraded in public anymore. I don’t think he expected to fall for her…but now that he has he wants to make sure his love life stays private. Shin Ae’s been hurt in the past and for someone like her…having her love life dragged out in public is not a wise thing.

    The second one — he might have told the PDs already that he can only be involved for a short period of time due to his album recording. From what I noticed solo album recording seems to take more time than group album recording. Case and point — Kim Jong Kook taking a hiatus from X-man in 2005 to prepare for his 3rd album. Even Chae Yeon left X-man to focus on her album.

    I’m not sure either if they will ever come back =( . I would love to see them back but I’m not sure how the dynamics would be after a long hiatus. IF they do meet up (date) during the hiatus then when they come back on the show things would be different…it won’t be a real continuation from their last episode…they’d probably be way more comfortable and lovey-dovey with one another…much different from the slight awkwardness (yet so sweet with Shin Ae being more comfortable with Alex) of episode 8. IF they aren’t seeing each other or communicating with one another during the hiatus…it would be very awkward for them to just resume being fake husband and wife on the show. As we know Shin Ae is someone who takes her and other people’s feeling seriously…so I’m not sure how she can just open up to Alex again after a hiatus.

    Oh whyyyy did he leave…. so many questions with no real answer…..

  3. i just hope that alex won’t regret his decision though. they had a good thing going there and if it went on any longer, i’m positive they would have started dating outside the show. who knows, maybe he quit the show so they could start dating in real life? it seems that the show itself is sort of matchmaking heaven for celebrities. they can act as lovey-dovey as they want and say that it was just all an act. looking at how the other couples are fairing (anbi and crown j – in young) it seems that they have strong feelings for each other. maybe not at the beginning, but it has definetely started to grow. i got the feeling that at least one of the couples will at one point or another fall in love, if they haven’t already that is.

  4. Great news for all of us missing the Al-Shin couple. Alex has said that he plans on returning to We Got Married.

    I know a lot of Al-Shin supporters read your blog coolsmurf so thought I’ll post the news here. I’ll just post the highlight of the articles for now.

    ์•Œ๋ ‰์Šค ‘์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฒฐํ˜ผํ–ˆ์–ด์š”’ ๋ณต๊ท€ ‘๊ธ์ •์ ’
    Alex โ€˜ We Got Marriedโ€™ Return – Affirmative

    “๋‹น์žฅ์€ ํž˜๋“ค๊ฒ ์ง€๋งŒ ์–ธ์ œ๋“  ๋ณต๊ท€ํ•  ๋œป ์žˆ๋‹ค”
    โ€œIt will be difficult to do it right now but I have intention on coming back.โ€

    ์•Œ๋ ‰์Šค ์†Œ์†์‚ฌ์˜ ํ•œ ๊ด€๊ณ„์ž๋Š” 16์ผ ํ•œ ์ธํ„ฐ๋„ท๋งค์ฒด์— โ€œ์‚ฌ์‹ค ๋…ผ์˜๊ฐ€ ๋˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์ง€๋งŒ ํ˜„์žฌ๋กœ์„œ๋Š” 5์›” ๋ง ์Œ๋ฐ˜ ๋ฐœํ‘œ ์ค€๋น„๊ฐ€ ์šฐ์„ ์ด๋‹คโ€๊ณ  ์ „ํ–ˆ๋‹ค.
    A representative from Alexโ€™s management company said on the 16th via internet โ€œWeโ€™ve discussed it (Alexโ€™s return) but until the end of May we are preparing for the albumโ€

    At least some news of them returning..yipee! Seems like a lot of Korean netizens really miss this couple and have been petitioning for their return. I’ll work on full translation of the articles and will post on soompi (unless of course someone else already posted the same article).

  5. I believe that the recording of the album is the primary reason. KJK and chae yeon also took a break from their variety shows to record their albums. Alex’s solo album is the turning point of his whole career. If he weighs his interests right now, his career is definitely heavier than their growing relationship in the show, so I completely understand. We all know that Alex likes Shin Ae, but we always have to be reminded that their relationship is just starting out, that they only see each other for a few days in their whole 7 week stint in WGM. I don’t think his affections is that deep enough for him to completely leave the show to contain his feelings.

    Didn’t he genuinely wish that he could continue recording the show with Shin Ae? I think leaving her would be the last thing he would want to do, he knows that she would be hurt. We can see the regret of his decision, but his hands are tied and couldn’t do anything about it.

    I also don’t think the PDs let him off because they wanted to mix things up in the show. They are one of the most popular couples in the show, as the survey proves, and has created a lot of buzz for the show. If it was planned by them, his departure wouldn’t feel as sudden as it did.

    There is small hope in me that they’ll come back. I’ve noticed that LHJ couple has already occupied dondon’s place, but Hwang Bo has a whole new place. The PDs are also extending WGM to 100mins, so I think, if they wanted to, occupy 5 couples. It’ll definitely break my heart if Hwang Bo couple started occupying Alex’s house. But I’m not getting my hopes to high.

    If they do come back, it will be akward for them again, UNLESS they’ve been keeping in contact during their hiatus– and that is what I have been wishing for

  6. We’re all conjecturing here, we really don’t know the real reasons.

    Alex and Shin Ae, why did you have to leave? So many unanswered questions. . .

  7. Doesn’t he write his own songs and all? I think that’s why he might be in need of a lot of time. But also, he needs to stay focus on his music, which means having a intense relationship, broadcasted to millions of people, might not be so good idea.

  8. OMG >___< just went on Shin Ae’s cyworld. She changed her wallpaper…and its says “Miss you ….<3”
    Could it mean something??? i wonder if Alex visit her cyworld??? XD
    thinking about this makes me so excited. I’m reali hoping they are in a relationship ~

  9. Hi, everyone :
    I go to Clazziquai’s official website all the time to check out their latest itinerary and press articles.

    O-cha : I did come across similar news reports like yours in hankyung.com. From what i could gather from a very poorly translated version of them by Google, it is pretty obvious that Alex leaves the show because of the recording of his new solo album.

    In a recent interview with OCN entertainment news, Alex says that he leaves Canada for Korea to realise his dreams of being a singer with Clazziquai. This shows just how committed he is to his music career. Alex must release his solo album by June so that he’ll have some time to promote it. It is understood that Clazziquai will be producing their 4th album at the end of this year.

    As for his new radio show, Alex has also asked the PD to postpone his commencement of the show until the end of May as he needs more time to work on his album. I believe ‘Sweet Sorrow’ is filling in temporarily for him in the mean time.

    Friedtilapia : I did watch Epi 9 and i thought that the Hwangbo couple was occupying Don Don’s seat while the LHJ couple was occupying Alex’s seat. I could be wrong here. ):

    Even if Alex and Shinae come back to the show, i’m sure everything will work out just fine for them. If u’ve read Alex’s profile in another Clazziquai website. u’ll know that he is an extremely optimistic person. Btw, he has also pinpointed this trait of his as his main weakness. LOL!

    Come what may, Alex has my love and support. Alex fighting!

  10. Alex fighting! Shin Ae fighting!

    rie: if it’s possible to do a short translation of what Shin Ae wrote in her cyworld? I’m chinese and only able to understand some korean words.

  11. annyong

    i started watching this show today and got addicted to it, finished all the episodes this afternoon and can’t wait for the coming ep
    thanks coolsmurf for the news and updates
    Alex is my favorite husband, he just so awesome and it’s so sad that he’s leaving the show
    but i think the reason behind that might be as u said, that he really liked shin ae and he don’t want his private relationship to be in public, be cause honestly his feelings seemed so true through his actions
    by the way, i tried to Google “Alex Korean singer” but found nothing about him
    does anyone know where i can get his news, videos, pics, previous albums with his band(as i understood he was with a band and going solo from no on, correct me if am wrong)????

  12. i think i’m still holding on to the thought that what he wanted was more than what the show could give. i think he wanted him and shinae to be more than just a pretend couple, and so in order to pursue that, he offed. and i like to think that he’s a private person, who cares enough about the other person to not subject them and their relationship to the public. but, that’s just my thoughts. ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Coolsmurf, I agreed with everything you said. Tons of other artists do multiple shows at once. Why can’t Alex? Does he have any other show besides, “WGM”? I know he used to do “Vitamin.” Does he still have his segment? But I am always reminded of Chae Yeon leaving X-man to concentrate on her 4th album.

    I can’t wait until Alex’s solo album comes out. Hope YesAsia will be selling it ^_^ Then he and Shin Ae can come back on the show. Oh yeah, I know others have said this too, but wouldn’t it be great if Shin Ae stars in Alex’s 1st solo single? I wonder if he will have his rendition of “Flowerpot” on the new album…

  14. Thanks coolsmurf for your insight on “Why did Alex decided to leave We Got Married?” I was dying for some news on AlShin. My thanks to you guys too for infos on our favourite couple.
    Butakhaminida o-cha, continue to post news of AlShin on coolsmurf’s blog. Much appreciated.
    Now I just wait patiently for their return.

  15. ruthh : i’m chinese too ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i can’t read korean but my korean friends show me how to get on cyworld though that’s how i got to Shin Ae ‘s site
    this is her cyworld

    for guys that dont go on soompi. i read a post about how Alex’s return is leaning on the YES SIDE !!! apparently alot fans in Korea want their return realli badly and even petition for their return !! I’m so happy.

    This makes me more hopeful that they will return !

  16. OPPS, Just read the whole post. I guess my new has been said already ><

    Lika : Cyworld is just a window that pops up to ur screen after you type the address in. try disabling the pop up blocker when ur on cyworld.

  17. Gah!n finally some news about them.

    I’m So happy that Alex is returning to the show, and Shin Ae’s cyworld is just too sweet.

  18. first i would like to thank coolsmurf for his thougths about alex.. you just can’t imagine how happy i am now.. as long as i read/hear something about alex and shin ae, thats make my day…i just adore/love this couple so much that i am hoping they would make a comeback… does anybody here have visited alex’s cyworld?… i hope yes and can give us an update on what’s hapening to him (if he has any)… i strongly believe that the message from shin ae cyworld that say “miss you” is for alex……. oh my.. just very happy now….

    thanks again coolsmurf and pls keep updating us on what’s happening and of course your thoughts too…

  19. maybe it’s also due to the SBS-MBC conflict thing? If Alex continues being on the show, then he cannot appear on SBS’s show program on Sunday. But hopefully they will return, though I’m very excited to see HyunJoong on screen heh ๐Ÿ˜ก

  20. so many questions no definate answers…

    aww… i miss them…

    however thanks all, thanks alvin for this post, that all al-shin supporter can share their thoughts about their fav couple… and relive some sweetness from our fav couple…

    cut to ep 8 when he asked… do you know how long we took to hold hands? aw… come back already!!!

  21. Aigoofansubs :

    You can try Youtube, http://www.clazziquai.ipbfree.com, http://www.soompi.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=138,
    http://www.channel-ai.com/blog/ and http://www.clazziquai.co.kr.

    No, Clazziquai is not splitting up. The two lead singers are currently pursuing solo projects during the first half of the year. They will go back to Clazziquai activities in the second half of the year.

    Sammi510 :

    Alex has also quit his Mr Meal segment on “Vitamin”. His last appearance was on 2 May. On the show, he gave the same reason for his departure i.e., the recording of his new solo album. ):

  22. Amongst all the couple. This two are the real ones. I think he left because he was scared to hurt Shin-Ae. Right from the first day he was really consistent on being a gentleman which any gurl could fall for. But he is still not decided. He don’t want to disappoint her. She is much to fragile. An escape would be the best solution. Like all men do. They just say they are buzy or they have so many priorities. But the truth is they wanted to escape. Why? because they are not so sure of what they will do or say. Being in silence is best.

    On shin-Ae please be brave. Even though alex did not continue. She must always cherish the best things that they shared. Please erase anybad memories and hurt. Continue and learn with alex. If destiny comes. It will come in due time. Don’t loose courage in love.

    fighting !!!!

  23. huhuhuhuhuuhuhuhu i cry when knowing…Alex will go away T___T
    i wish Shin Ae will open up when they have comeback….
    but i really like how Shin Ae didnot know Alex will come off the show…
    then how Alex try to tell Shin Ae….the separation
    i think i will buy Alex album….
    he will write the song with feeling thinking of Shin Ae
    hehehehe am i to imaginary hahahhaa
    but i hope they will be together soon
    Aja Aja Hwaiting Alex n Shin Ae
    Alex…making album and get the album sold….
    Shin Ae having back the courage to love again ^^

  24. Hi there!

    If there is one possibility why Alex left the show is one:

    He is realistic with his life, determine artist and also a true lover.



    I just watch the show till episode 8 yesterday and I’m being objective. I cried so much yet I have the deep down feeling a strong instinct that they will be together no matter what.


    Because they live a realistic live, understand each other and they learn how to love each other.

    In other word they are real. The show is just a fated stage by GOD to meet them together.

    Back to the point I pointed out earlier why I said that the reason why Alex left the show in the middle of their growing relationship is because he is realistic and truthful.

    1 ) If he really enter the show just for fun and out of popularity ( which is 100% untrue because we knew who Alex is compared to another artist. He just a down to earth and humble artist ) he wouldnt enter it if he knew he has to drop out somehow in the middle because he might afraid he will make people mad and lose popularity.

    2) Secondly, if he didnt sincere in his feelings and development of feelings and just do it out of popularity and not serious in his work he WOULDNT be brave to drop in the middle of the show. Because it will defenityly will tear his popularity..


    He know, he has to step his feet on earth, He know he has to be realistic. He know he has to be truthful. He know they have to has a real realtionship when two people who just learn to love each other has to accpet the fact the others party work, outstation, overworked without losing the sense of sincerity and loyalty. That is how a real love is working out. They know their love is not because of the show. They know it is real. Therefore, they take risk. Therefore, they become realistic.

    Alex is a serous artist, determine. not to say others aren’t. But Claziquaai is different in so many ways. I have an experienced what he has gone through. Maybe at first he think he can handle two big things in one time. i.e : his album and the show.

    But in order to make the best on both of it, he decide to take a realistic decision. To settle his album and continue with the show later. Which I have to say tough it is painful but very realistic and truthful action. Because we hope so much in the relationship therefore, he want to make a full of it, he want to continue as it is a real relationship and just not because of the show.

    The basic point is: They are soulmate. They trust and understand each other. Tough they just started to develop feelings towards each other but they are truthful toward one another and that make them different from others.

  25. Hi to all

    I miss Alex so much and I wish to have a friend or boyfriend like him….

    if Alex can read my text … I want you to know



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