Kim Seon-ho approved to film for Sad Tropics as leaked texts improve his image

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - March 25: Actor Kim Seon-Ho during JTBC Drama 'Welcome to Waikiki2' Press Conference at Conrad Hotel on March 25, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Imazins via Getty Images)
Text messages reportedly between Kim Seon-ho and his former girlfriend appear to show that he did not force an abortion on her. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Imazins via Getty Images)

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha star Kim Seon-ho was recently embroiled in an abortion scandal and became a victim of cancel culture, but his image has been rehabilitated to a degree amid new revelations about his relationship with his former girlfriend, who had accused him of forcing her to get an abortion after she became pregnant. The rising 35-year-old actor has even been greenlit to begin filming for the movie Sad Tropics.

Kim had released a statement of apology on 20 October for hurting his ex with what he called his thoughtless and inconsiderate actions.

In the past week, however, private messages reportedly between Kim and his ex-girlfriend Choi Young-ah were released by celebrity news site Dispatch, which appeared to portray Kim’s character in a more positive light than Choi had painted it.

The screenshots from messaging app Kakao were reportedly shared with Dispatch by acquaintances of Choi.

Despite Choi’s claim that Kim had given her a "trashy" response regarding her pregnancy, the truth was apparently far from this. In the revealed text messages, Kim reassured her, saying:

”I’m sorry I can’t be there for you right now.”

“Let’s carefully think this through.”

“Let’s inform our parents of the pregnancy.”

“Whatever happens, I’ll take full responsibility.”

“Don’t worry, go home and get some rest.”

Choi was also the first to suggest abortion, which Kim seemed to be not keen on, with the reply, “Let’s think about this.” Kim also said that they should get married, and confessed that he had never loved anyone like he loved her.

Following the controversy, the actor had been removed from ads and shows, including variety show 2 Days & 1 Night, and upcoming films Dog Days and 2 O’Clock Date.

But after the Dispatch report appeared to improve Kim's image, he has been reinstated by some advertisers, including face mask brand Miima and Canon Korea. He was also confirmed to star in an upcoming film Sad Tropics, which will also mark his silver screen debut.

Regarding his participation in Sad Tropics, which will begin shooting this December, Kim said, “I am grateful for the opportunity, and will do my best to film for the movie.”

Sad Tropics is about a man, born to a Korean father and Filipino mother, who dreams of becoming a boxer. Raised in the Philippines, he travels to South Korea to find his father who had abandoned him.

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