Can you please explain who is gunhee actually? Its been a while since ive been in the kpop fandom and i see this guy everywhere with heechul??? Is he heechul's bf?
hi anon! i think i might have seen this late oops sorry, didn’t get the little notification for some reason
so basically what we know about gunhee is that he and heechul went to middle school together at a vocational school in wonju. gunhee studied construction and heechul studied to be an electrician. they said they didn’t really know each other well and i don’t think they even have any photos together, but when they say they’re “best friends of 18/20/whatever number years” that’s what they’re referring to.
fast forward to summer 2011, right before heechul enlisted in the military he was on a show called secret. hyuna was on the show too and she was one of gunhee’s clients at the time so he was there styling her. gunhee and heechul recognized each other instantly and started hanging out afterward. this is also when gunhee started styling heechul’s hair. heechul’s twitter post from then is here, the rest of the above info comes from when they were on sstp
while heechul was in the military they seem to have spent a fair amount of time together, you can look through gunhee’s old tweets and heechul’s old weibo posts, they would go to movies and manga cafes and in the summer of 2012 they went to busan together which was when people started to notice their closeness (especially bc gunhee posted a photo of them with couple bracelets). and then when heechul got out of the military he made an instagram and started posting tons of pictures of them together, tagging them #gunheechul (which he made up, as far as i know fans had originally been using 2hee as their ship name), including the very suggestive one of them in bed together. and things have gone on from there. also of note is them kissing on we got married, and the somewhat infamous california trip after the supreme court legalized marriage equality where a bunch of people thought they were getting married (they weren’t, but they did post a photo of them in bed making little hearts with their toes, so)
officially gunhee is heechul’s hairstylist. unofficially…there are enough receipts out there to very much justify thinking that they’re dating (on which, see my gunheechul tag) and that’s my personal opinion, but they haven’t made any clear public statements about that. you might see people talking about them “breaking up” after gunhee responded to a comment badgering him about their relationship with “i have a girlfriend” about a year ago, but as his translator i
stalk him pay attention to his sns pretty closely and haven’t seen any further evidence of this. hell i’m pretty sure that in the last year he hasn’t posted a photo of himself with any woman who isn’t his coworker, his client, his family, or married to someone else…though my memory could be faulty on that. in any case gunhee lives in singapore currently so he’s not spending as much time with heechul as he used to but their overall dynamic hasn’t changed.
whatever their relationship, gunhee is clearly a very important person in heechul’s life. heechul himself has said that gunhee is the reason he’s been doing so much better emotionally these days and i think we’ve all noticed the change pre vs post-military. so whether they’re dating in real life or just in my gay ass brain, gunhee is a person we should love and appreciate ^^