Following Choi Min-hwan and Yulhee’s divorce announcement, controversy arose over their custody agreement
F.T. Island’s Choi Min-hwan and Laboum’s Yulhee announced their divorce through SNS on December 4th after five years of marriage. While waiting for the divorce procedures to be completed, Choi Min-hwan has decided to take custody of their three children.
Since then, attention on the sudden divorce of the idol couple has been switched to their custody agreement.
When revealing their divorce, both Choi Min-hwan and Yulhee promised to take good responsibility for the children as father and mother. Choi Min-hwan shared, “I’ll do my best to fulfill my role as a father so that the kids don’t get hurt by this issue.”, while Yulhee said, “Our journey as a couple has ended here, but we will continue to be a mother and father of the children. We’ll both do our best to take care of them and communicate with them.”
However, many netizens have been showing divided reactions over the custody issue. The public’s attitude toward Yulhee is especially cold, leading to speculations and even malicious comments. They re-examined when Choi Min-hwan and Yulhee complained about having different mindsets regarding children’s education on a broadcast of Channel A’s “Oh Eun-young Golden Clinic” in December last year.
At that time, Choi Min-hwan said, “Yulhee is unnecessarily persistent”, adding “She wants to send the children to a good kindergarten but chooses the one that is far away. It takes about one hour and a half to go to school”.
Yulhee said, “I think every mother wants to give everything to her children”, revealing that they spent 8 million won per month on education for their three children. Choi Min-hwan didn’t agree with Yulhee regarding the fact that she spent 70,000 to 800,000 won on amusement park tickets alone.
As such, many netizens are criticizing Yulhee for her education method and her irresponsible act of giving up custody. Meanwhile, Choi Min-hwan, who decided to raise all three children as a single father, is receiving great support. Amid the divorce process, he keeps working hard work as a member of F.T. Island.
Regarding Choi Min-hwan’s custody, Yulhee explained, “We decided to let the kids stay where they have been living so far to minimize the psychological discomfort they are facing due to the current issues as much as possible”. Despite that, malicious comments continue to spread.
It is normal to see netizens showing a lot of interest in their divorce issue because they had been loved as an idol couple. However, people should respect the decisions of the two, who are going through their toughest times, and cheer on them rather than spreading speculations and criticizing them.