On 5 April 2017, through an inconspicuous Instagram post, former Running Man cast member Gary announced that he had officially tied the knot. A declaration that took many by surprise, we round up six of the best fan reactions to his shock wedding announcement below. 

#1 It’s Surely Just A Delayed April Fool’s Joke… Right?

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With the news coming just four days after April Fool’s, many fans were left wondering if Gary was just playing a prank on his fans. After all, there haven’t been any photos or reports of the rapper out and about with any other lady (besides Running Man co-star, Song Ji Hyo that is), much less one that he would go on to call his wife, which brings us to the next point…

#2 How Did He Manage To Keep The Whole Relationship A Secret?!

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He must be a ninja of the highest level for being able to keep this serious relationship under wraps! Bear in mind that this is a guy who has all eyes on him wherever he goes on a daily basis, but according to multiple reports, it seems like most of his close celebrity friends didn’t even know he was in a relationship, let alone that he was about to get married! Even his agency didn’t know about the relationship, adding that “[we were] notified right before [he uploaded the post].” Watch out world, Gary Kang is the ultimate king of keeping secrets. 

#3 Detective Mode On: Who Is This Mysterious Woman?

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From her name to her image to how she managed to capture Gary’s heart the moment they met, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a little bit curious as to who the lucky lady was. Maybe it’s time to go “ninja-mode” and try to find out as much as we can about this mysterious lady.*

*Jokes aside, please refrain from actually stalking out the newlywed couple! While we hope Gary will reveal who she is in time to come, everyone should respect their privacy even if her identity is kept a secret forever!

#4 Props To Gary For Wanting To Keep This Personal Milestone Relatively Private

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If there’s one major downside of being a celebrity, it’s that there’s a high chance you wouldn’t be able to keep your personal moments (especially romantic relationships) private. But we’ve got to give major props to Gary for wanting to keep this moment just for himself and his beau, allowing the both of them to enjoy the newly-married life without the intrusion from outside parties. 

#5 When It Finally Hit Us That Our Monday Couple Can No Longer Be

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As one of the longest running and beloved pairings on Running Man, Gary and Ji Hyo stole our hearts as the Monday Couple. With their undeniable chemistry and countless aww-inducing interactions with each other, many fans of the show wanted them to be a couple in real life. But nevertheless, it sure looks like this ship has sailed (much to the disappointment of MC-shippers everywhere). Is it just us, or is anyone else also waiting to hear what Ji Hyo has to say about the marriage announcement? 

PS: Isn’t it crazy how everyone had been shipping the Monday Couple when Gary was already very much taken? Yikes. 

#6 Ultimately Having To Accept The News, No Matter How Much We Don’t Want To

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No matter what emotions you felt when you read the announcement, at the end of the day, it doesn’t change the fact that the superstar’s married. He’s clearly in a committed relationship and is very much in love with his new wife, and as fans, we should want the best for him. Don’t worry Gary, we’ll support you even more from now on! 

In case you haven’t heard the news, check out the Instagram post below:

“I got married to the person I love today. There was no wedding, but the two of us became a married couple through our own expression. My wife is a non-celebrity woman, who shook my soul in a moment. Though there may be those of you who are shocked by the marriage news, I hope you bless our new future with a happy heart. I’ll live well and happily for the rest of my life. Posted by Gary.” (Translation courtesy of allkpop)

When it comes down to it, all that matters is that our oppa is happy, and we wish him all the success in the world with his lady love. Congratulations to the happy couple once again! 

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The Most #Lit Moments From Coldplay's AHFOD Tour In Singapore!

3 Apr 2017 by Germaine Cheah

The much hyped about Coldplay concert has come and gone but the memories from those nights will forever remain. As we bid farewell (for now) to the band as they carry on with the rest of their A Head Full Of Dreams tour, here are some of the wondrous, technicolour moments that we’ll relive on loop till Coldplay comes back. 

When They Paid Tribute To The Late David Bowie

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The world collectively mourned when the great Ziggy Stardust passed away last January, and the boys paid tribute to the legend by performing Bowies’ hit ‘Heroes’. David Bowie aside, tributes were also paid to Prince and George Michael, legends who had passed on in 2016. While it was a sombre and touching moment, it was also one of triumph – reminding the audience that “we can all be heroes, even if it’s just for one day”.

When They Showed Support For The LGBTQ Community

It’s no secret that Chris Martin and the rest of the guys are avid supporters of the LGBTQ community and their human rights, and that support continued during their performance of ‘Viva La Vida’. At first sporting the Singapore flag from the back of his pocket, the singer soon spotted an audience member holding up a rainbow flag, and quickly made the switch. It might have only been a small and simple gesture, but it was one that spoke volumes. 

When Will And Jonny Sang Lead On ‘Don’t Panic’

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We all know of the vocal prowess that is Chris Martin, but the frontman let go of the reins and allowed guitarist Jonny Buckland and drummer Will Champion have their turn on lead vocals when they performed ‘Don’t Panic’. While the duo helps out with backing vocals from time to time, it was refreshing to hear their voices front and center  – because boy oh boy do they sound absolutely amazing. We’re in love!

When They Stayed True To Their Word 

When the band asked for fans to upload which song they would like see performed on Instagram, requests were uploaded by the masses, and many were left wondering which song(s) would make the cut. Alas, it turned out to be Til’ Kingdom Come (31 March 2017) and In My Place (01 April 2017) – they even played the video clip of the fan who sent in the request for both songs, we can only imagine how smitten they must have been! It was an amazing moment, and fans were savouring every bit of it.

 

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Bonus: Having made a mistake during ‘Til’ Kingdom Come’, Chris requested for the band to redo the chorus, but not before pleading to the audience to not upload the error on YouTube. “Let’s maintain the illusion of professionalism”, the lead singer said. Sorry Chris, if it’s not YouTube, then it’ll have to be Instagram – social media beckons!

When Marriage Proposals Were Made

A Coldplay concert wouldn’t be complete without a marriage proposal, and the Singapore crowd didn’t disappoint! During their performance of ‘Fix You’, a fan got down on one knee and proposed to his lady love, to the cheers of other audience members nearby. Accompanied by the perfect backdrop, the aww-inducing moment will definitely be one to remember. Congratulations to the happy couple!

When They Composed A Song Just For Singapore

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While this only happened on the second night, it was still a super nice gesture to have the band dedicate a special impromptu track just for us. Clearly inspired by the deafening support of the audience, Chris showcased their love back to the crowd, singing “Singapore, Singapore, Singapore / We’ve played here four times before / But the way the crowd they roar / Means we’re gonna play here a helluva lot of times more“. Sounds like a promise, Chris – one we’re intending to have you keep!

Featured image: Aloysius Lim/Live Nation Lushington SG

A huge thanks to Coldplay for a magical two nights of laughs, tears, song and dance in a kaleidoscopic wonderland. We hope to see you soon!

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Talk about Lee Joon Gi and ‘kkotminam’ would probably be the first come to mind. After all, the Hallyu heartthrob is arguably the Godfather of all flower boys (The King and the Clown, anybody?) – and even has the nod of approval from fellow Scarlet Heart Ryeo co-star Kang Ha Neul, who voted him as the most prince-like amongst the cast. But before you think the actor is anything like his prince charming characters, the 34-year-old is quick to reassure you that he’s far from it. Or is he?

We beg to differ, after meeting him when he was in town for the press conference of his [Thank You] Asia Tour as part of the HSBC Women’s Championship Music Festival. The Korean star was full of cheeky antics as the cameras flashed away at his galore of finger hearts and adorable poses. But when it’s time to be serious, he spared no time in snapping back into professional mode and tackling the questions that came firing up. Here are some of the highlights you’d missed on out!

ON BEING LABELLED AS A HOLLYWOOD STAR

 

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“I’m a little embarrassed to call it a Hollywood debut because it wasn’t a major role, but more of a special cameo. I still have a lot to work on and a long journey to go, but the entire experience was a really enjoyable one. I see it as a blessing and I’m very honoured to be part of the production. Till this day, I still keep in touch with director Paul Anderson and told him to keep me in mind for future works. I’d always drop hints to him (laughs). He joked that perhaps he could create a reboot chapter to Resident Evil where I come back as a zombie or something!”

ON BEING A VETERAN ACTOR ON SET

“I had so much fun filming with the cast of [Scarlet Heart Ryeo]. Most of the actors are at least 10 years younger than me, so I was a little concerned that there might be a generation gap at first. But when the cameras started rolling, we interacted so well together and the chemistry was great. They also brought a lot of refreshing angles and creativity to the set, which was something we all could learn from.”

ON TAKING THE ACTION PLUNGE

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“It’s part and parcel of being in action scenes to have minor injuries here and there. As much as I’d like to pull off those stunts myself, I put in ample preparation in order to prevent any potential accidents from occurring. The most dangerous action scene I could recall was from Two Weeks, where I had to be put in threatening situations such as falling into the river, being in car accidents… That was when I thought I should be really careful, if not the investors who have put in money into the production and the fans who have spent time supporting it would all go to waste.”

ON BEING THE PRINCE OF THE GROUP

“I think it’s the opposite. My character as Wang So had the least prince-like traits. In fact, I was really inspired by Kang Ha Neul’s role as the Eighth Prince because he portrayed how a prince should be like perfectly on the show. He has a warm and impressive side to him that Wang So lacks, so I wouldn’t say I’m more ‘princely’ than Kang Ha Neul.”

ON THE FOURTH PRINCE AS A 21ST CENTURY HERO

“If Wang So had a chance to be transported forward in time, I feel that he’d still be a very good-looking character. But because of his aggressive personality, he probably wouldn’t be able to fit into the modern culture very well. He’s the kind of guy who likes to be in control and take the lead, and there’s also an inconsiderate side to him… so he may not be in harmony with the people around him. Nevertheless, I think he’d still be as charming as ever. (Laughs)” 

Verdict: Lee Joon Gi’s definitely not your typical actor, but one thing’s for sure: whether he’s saeguk prince, an action hero, or a modern-day gent, he’d be an absolute charmer regardless of his roles. And we look forward to seeing more dynamic sides of him in the future!

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New Songs To Get Addicted To In March

8 Mar 2017 by Bryan Yeong

With new music releases from pop juggernauts like Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran already on repeat, 2017 seems like another #lit year in the music scene. We recommend new tracks you need to put on your playlist ASAP.

1. Lorde – Green Light

It’s been an arduous 4-year wait since the last album from 20-year-old Ella Yelich-O’Connor, as we watched her win Grammys, become inducted in the Swift Squad and end her long-term relationship with photographer James Lowe. But it’s so worth it. ‘Green Light’, the first single from the singer’s upcoming album Melodrama, opens with her moody, distinct voice over a haunting piano background, before unexpectedly switching keys and bursting with a drum loop and borderline EDM chorus. The instant earworm is a track best heard to be believed, and will have you craving for the summer release of the rest of her new music. 

Watch Lorde lose her inhibitions in ‘Green Light’ below:

 2. Coldplay – Hypnotised

While rumours have been swirling about the legendary band’s future and possible disbandment, we still have their two sold-out shows in Singapore at the end of this month to look forward to! And will-they-won’t-they aside, you’d be glad to know Chris Martin and co. still have some treats up their sleeve for us adoring fans. ‘Hypnotised’ is the second song released from their forthcoming Kaleidoscope EP – following recent party anthem ‘Something Just Like This’ with The Chainsmokers – marking more unheard tracks on the way. While the sparkly, emotional ballad certainly hypnotises, it’s nothing original from our favourite Brit heroes. 

Check out trippy scenic views of nature in the lyric video:

3. Little Mix – No More Sad Songs (Feat. Machine Gun Kelly)

Is it just us or is Little Mix totally killin’ it right now? After recently scooping up Best British Single for ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ at the BRIT Awards, the awesome foursome have also announced their next single to be Glory Days track ‘No More Sad Songs’ – but a new version featuring guest vocals from rap’s resident bad boy Machine Gun Kelly! The song opening’s uncanny resemblance to David Guetta’s ‘This One’s For You’ aside, the track is an absolute banger. MGK’s attitude-filled verse takes the song to another level from its original, indicating another smash in the works for Little Mix. Look out for the cowboy-themed music video as well soon!

 4. B.A.P. – Wake Me Up

Part rock, part rap; the boys of B.A.P are fully back with their new single ‘Wake Me Up’. Driven by a synth-heavy thumping beat, the song marks a return to form as a full group with Bang Yong Guk finally making his comeback following a hiatus. The track is one of three new songs released off the band’s new Rose single album, available right now!

Watch the riotous video for ‘Wake Me Up’:

5. Iggy Azalea – Can’t Lose (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert)

Aussie’s fanciest rapper might have had a quiet past year sans guest judging on The X Factor Australia, but Iggy Azalea is ready to step back into the rap game and claim her throne. Featuring up and coming MC Lil Uzi Vert, Iggy Iggs proves she still has her winning attitude, spitting rhymes over a new track aptly titled ‘Can’t Lose’. Released as a surprise teaser to fans from her highly anticipated upcoming album Digital Distortion, it’ll whet our appetite for new music in the meantime.

Which other artists are you waiting for new music from? Tell us your most anticipated comeback in the comments below!

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