Chae Yeon made a surprise appearance on MNet My Favourite where Kim Jong Kook was the guest for that episode and expressed that if only they were just like what the rumors had suggested (friends/close relationship).
Chae Yeon had always been romantically linked with Kim Jong Kook ever since she revealed on SBS Xman that she had been a fan of him before her debut. In fact, Chae Yeon wanted to be a singer so that she could be on stage with him. Her remarks and subsequent pairings with Kim Jong Kook on gameshows had left an impression in people’s minds that they were a couple.
But Chae Yeon took the opportunity this time to clarify matters, “Everyone thinks that I am very close with Kim Jong Kook. But the truth is it’s really nothing like that. Everyone knows that Kim Jong Kook is very introverted. I would love to be on good relations with him but the truth is we are not so it’s a pity.” She also said that she doesn’t have a boyfriend although everyone thought that she and Kim Jong Kook was an item. “After recording the program, we don’t even say goodbye or leave our numbers. We never really looked each other in the eyes even. So to say we are dating or anything is really not true.”
Kim Jong Kook expressed, “Before I got enlisted, I promised to treat her to a meal while she was shooting her MV but I didn’t.” Chae Yeon replied, “Even during that time, that was arranged through our managers. I hope that you would ask me personally in future and treat me to something good.”