(LEAD) G-Dragon denies rumor that he is dating actress Lee Ju-yeon
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SEOUL, Nov. 9 (Yonhap) -- G-Dragon, the leader of K-pop boy band BIGBANG, denied the rumor that he is dating actress Lee Ju-yeon, a former member of girl group After School, on Thursday, after the story spread online over a video and photos that suggest the two might be an item.
"They know each other as colleagues. The photos in question were shot while they were hanging out together with many others after a concert in Hawaii," YG Entertainment, which represents G-Dragon, said in a statement late Thursday.
Earlier in the day, the company said it wouldn't comment on the rumor because it was a "personal matter."
The rumor started Oct. 30 when a Chinese video app circulated online showing the two making funny faces together. Then on Wednesday, an internet user compared several photos captured from the two stars' social media sites in a post on an online bulletin board.
Although the two sets of photos do not show them together, they present strikingly similar backgrounds and ambience, making fans think they took the photos at the same venues.
In one pair of photos, the two each went paragliding in a green safety helmet. In another, each sat in a dimly lit restaurant, enjoying themselves.
When the video came out last month, YG Entertainment said the two were just close friends.
Lee's agency, Better Ent, said it would check with the actress about the rumor.
These file photos show G-Dragon (L) and Lee Ju-yeon. (Yonhap)