Super Junior‘s Ryeowook has been confirmed to be dating former girl group Tahiti member Ari.

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According to an exclusive report from SPOTV, Ryeowook and Ari recently started their relationship. The two were said to have developed a relationship after being introduced to each other through mutual acquaintances.

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In response to the report, Ryeowook’s agency Label SJ confirmed the news of the report.

Ryeowook and Ari have had a close junior-senior relationship, and we can confirm that relationship has developed into a dating relationship.

— Label SJ

Ryeowook also posted on LYSN a letter to ELF around the world following the reveal of the dating news.

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Hello, this is Ryeowook.

I’m sorry for making you all wait for so long.

I was worried about how to start, while thinking about the ELF who must have felt hurt by the news, no matter what I say.

First of all, I feel very sorry to announce that there is a friend I am seeing in this way. Thinking about it, I think ELF have provided me so much support and consideration for me to see that friend. I should have been more considerate to ELF, and I’m reflecting on that. I think my lack of consideration has caused more confusion.

The friend that was being talked about, I am dating her.

There are misunderstanding that have been going around, there are some stories that I have never said or thought about. Both Super Junior and ELF are so precious to me. It’s a shame that there are so many false rumors spreading.

I have hurt my ELF a lot. The names and expressions that were made on Bubble were sincere. There wasn’t a single thing that I was insincere about. In the recent selfie with flowers that I uploaded, those flowers were given to me by a staff member that came to watch the concert.

I don’t use social media, and Bubble is the only way I can communicate with ELF. You guys chose this place to communicate with me too, so I wanted to try my best. I really wanted to be able to share my daily life with ELF, and I didn’t want you to feel lonely or sad.

I had started planning on creating a cafe for my parents to work in, as they have been idle. What you all were thinking about, isn’t going to happen ever. I don’t want to use the name Ryeowook or Super Junior for such things. I don’t know much about that field, so I wanted to get some help from a friend. I’m sorry for hurting you with my rash thoughts.

— Ryeowook

He also continued to apologize for what happened, and hoped to regain the trust of ELF around the world.

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My actions hurt ELF. You gave me your love and trust, even though I didn’t deserve it, I feel so sorry.

I am also very sorry to my members who must have been very surprised. I will think carefully before acting from now on.

I will become Ryeowook who has a greater sense of responsibility to pay back all of the trust and support you have shown me. I will do my best to not damage Super Junior’s activities, which are my first priority. Thank you for trusting in me until now.

— Ryeowook