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    K-pop idol Kim Chae-won, a member of the girl group LE SSERAFIM, was the subject of a dating rumor that has since been debunked. 

    The rumor stemmed from a report originally published by Shukan Bunshun, a Japanese weekly news magazine that claimed to have obtained selfies of Kim and a former rapper, whose name was kept anonymous, together as a couple

    Shukan Bunshun announced on Tuesday that it would reveal the photos on Wednesday, claiming to have “gotten hands on a picture of a globally popular K-pop idol dating.” 

    However, fans soon discovered that the photos were doctored, with Kim’s face photoshopped from an old photograph she had taken with LE SSERAFIM groupmate Sakura. 

    Kim Chae-won
    via Shukan Bunshun


    Kim Chae-won
    Original photo via Weverse

    The man in the photograph later confessed and told outlets he was just a fan who had photoshopped himself into a picture with the idol.

    Kim’s agency Source Music was also quick to deny the rumors, issuing a statement that same day, stating, “Kim Chaewon’s dating rumors are not true.”

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