The agencies of Hara and Junhyung have now confirmed the news of the couple’s break up after getting in contact with the idols themselves.
Several insiders in the 음악 industry revealed that the two had parted and decided to remain as friends, and 팬 have been looking to Cube Entertainment and DSP Media to offer 코멘트 on the matter.
Having contacted the idols, reps of both agencies have received word that the two stars have indeed decided to go their separate ways.
DSP Media reps commented, “Due to their busy schedules and KARA’s stay in 일본 for their promotions, their meetings have become scarce, and eventually they drifted apart… They decided to remain as good 프렌즈 in the 음악 industry.”
Cube Entertainment also offered similar comments, stating, “Junhyung and Hara have recently ended their relationship… The two will continue to remain good friends.”
[Update - In addition to their initial statement given over the phone, DSP Media has released their full statement on the matter through a press release.
The press release reads:
"Hara and Junhyung have ended their relationship, which they've maintained since June of 2011, and have decided to remain as good sunbae-hoobae in the 음악 industry, and oppa-dongseng. The two continued their relationship under the interest of many 팬 and the public as the 음악 industry's 'official couple'. However, with their meetings becoming less and less as they each carried out their own activities and handled many domestic and international promotions, the two naturally drifted apart.
On the 15th, when the news of the two unfollowing each other broke, they were at a state in which they had not yet finished sorting out their relationship matter. After this day, having decided to go their separate ways after much thought, the two even exchanged text messages with one another even after breaking up to ask how each other was doing, and currently have a good sunbae and hoobae relationship. Please give the two your encouragement and words of support."]