Kang Ha Neul Rumored Dating IU Before Military Enlistment. Here’s His Response

The ‘Midnight Runners’ actor and the ‘Twenty-Three’ singer spark dating rumors as they spent time together before his enlistment on Monday.

Kang Ha Neul has been hit with dating rumors, shortly before his military enlistment. The “Misaeng” star is rumored to be seeing IU. The two were co-stars on SBS’ historical drama “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo”.

The dating rumors sparked as they spent the last day before Ha Neul’s enlistment together. The “Midnight Runners” actor was spotted with IU and two other people at a cafe on Sunday, September 10. One of the workers from the cafe said, “Kang Ha Neul and IU did come to the cafe together with other people/friends but they were the only celebrities. They were here for about 2 hours while drinking then left.”

Before the rumors spread like wild fire though, Ha Neul quickly sets things straight. His representative says, “It is true he met IU. However, they are not dating. After working together in a drama, they became good friends. IU and I are just friends. We are both aware of the dating rumor, if there are photos where it’s just the two of us, I would like to see them as well.”

Ha Neul began his military enlistment on Monday. In an Instagram post shared earlier that day, the 27-year-old documented the process of him getting his head shaved and showed the result. He also wrote a lengthy message which read, “When I was a college freshman, I met these friends. And when I was starting to become an old man in college, I met some young friends, too. Now I’ve known them for about 8 to 10 years.”

“This is something I’ve thought since long ago: ‘When I enlist, I want my friends to each shave a line of my hair.’ And we did it. This was truly a memory that will last a lifetime. To my friends, thank you so much.”

“I think this Instagram post will be the last one that I post in my 20s. Because I don’t post a lot.. and when I come back I’ll be in my 30s. I’m fully aware that 30 is not that old, but I’m trying to give a little meaning to this being the last post of my 20s.”

“Looking back on my 20s, a lot happened. Thinking of those times, not a single moment was wasted. It’s a collection of so many cherished moments. There were a lot of projects that I loved working on. There’s not a single one that I didn’t absolutely love, and that’s such a blessing. Looking back, it gives me the strength to smile. I want to give a kiss to my filmography.”

“Even now, I’m getting a lot of texts and calls from people that have always supported me and that worry for me. Please don’t worry. They say that the world is a reflection of your mood. If you’re joyful, then there is no doubt that joyful things will abound.”

“A new environment, new people, new energy. I’m looking forward to it all, and I think it will be fun. I’ll spend a happy two years full of laughter, and I’ll be back. Right.. It’s not even two years anymore.. To everyone that knows me and everyone that I know, I sincerely hope that you spend the happiest days of your life! So, without further ado. Saying a brief goodbye to my cell phone, too.. I’ll be back,” he concluded.


Ha Neul looked more than ready to begin his mandatory military service. He was all smiles as he arrived at Nonsan training center. Wearing a long-sleeved shirt and a black cap, he took selfies with fans who were there to send him off.

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