[editorial] Business as usual: Rain under fire by the Media and his countrymen for going on a date.

Written by: Stephe Thornton, Managing Editor 

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[Cloud USA — 1/2/2013] Following a series of paparazzi photos that were released in the Media, actress Kim Tae Hee’s agency has confirmed that she and South Korean mega-entertainer Rain (a.k.a. R.O.K. Army corporal Jung JiHoon) are in a budding relationship and slowly getting to know each other.

As we understand it, they have met date-wise, but are taking their time when it comes to their one month-long relationship.

Tae Hee’s agency went on to say, “The two are well-known celebrities, so they don′t have much time to see each other, and it is true that the places where they can sit down to have a talk are also limited. In such conditions, they have started to see each other in a new light, but we believe this is a time when it′s difficult for even them to say exactly how they feel…. We know that many are interested in them due to the reports and photos, but we have just told the story as it is.”

In the latter half of 2011, before Rain reported for military duty on October 11, he and Kim Tae Hee became the new brand ambassadors for massive social commerce firm Coupang (쿠팡), following in the footsteps of singer/actor Kim HyunJoong and actress Lee NaYoung. It is said that they have been friends since that time.

One of her representatives was quoted as saying, “The two kept in touch as all celebrities that have shot commercials together do, and started to really see each other a month ago. Rain hasn′t been able to talk with Kim Tae Hee since the reports were released because he′s in the military.”

The stories circulating in the news concerning specific cars and specific times and specific ways that the couple supposedly met, as far as we can see, are simply the Media speculating on a timetable with details that have not been confirmed as fact.

As we understand it, Rain’s agency has said that they knew nothing about the matter at the time that the stories broke. They have yet to make a second statement.

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A subject that has been dredged up by “netizens” in response to this story are claims of supposed “excessive off-time” taken by Rain since his enlistment in the military. Those claims appear to be a load of baseless rubbish, according to this October 2012 article researched by KDrama Stars.com.  Celebrity soldiers in 2010 and part of 2011 were under the gun for excessive leave, but since that time, special leave has been decreasing and at present, celebrity break times in 2012 are similar to that of ordinary soldiers. These findings are directly from a report that Kim Jin Pyo (김진표), a National Assembly Defense Committee member from the Department of Defense, submitted in October of this year.

In light of this, “netizens” continuously attempting to destroy Rain’s and other entertainment soldiers’ reputations doesn’t make sense.

Yet another subject that has come about because of this story are articles such as this one, and this one, this one, and this, and this, which are spreading all over the globe and s-t-r-e-t-c-hing the truth more and more each time they are passed on. Substantiating the facts listed directly above, a defense ministry spokesman insists that Rain has earned all of his holiday time in line with military rules, and that his unit is simply “looking into the matter” because of public clamor and nothing more. He is also quoted as saying, “We advise soldiers to wear proper military attire, including a beret, during a holiday, but a failure to do so is NOT a punishable crime.” Rain is not  in trouble with the military. Yet reporters are irresponsibly releasing inflammatory “news” about “being out on the town while on duty”, “flouting the terms of his military service”, and “jail not being ruled out.”

Lucius nearly drawn and quartered in "The Metamorphoses of Apuleius."

Lucius nearly drawn and quartered in “The Metamorphoses of Apuleius.”

This is bad journalism at its best, reminiscent of the false reports three months ago that Rain would be “undergoing debilitating surgery” and “discharged because his military career was over.”

Thousands of R.O.K. soldiers have girlfriends and boyfriends, husbands and wives. Many of them visit their girlfriends and boyfriends on leave, or have begun dating someone while enlisted. Soldiers in many divisions get a Christmas holiday, not just the ones in entertainment. These soldiers are in the military protecting their fellow citizens. They are not criminals and convicts in a prison, so people being up in arms over someone dating for a month is ridiculous and cruel.

The way Rain himself is continuously drawn and quartered by his countrymen at every opportunity regardless of his exemplary military service, double duties, successes in bringing the world to South Korea’s door, and fighting various medical conditions, is heartbreaking to watch and impossible to understand.

Rain is scheduled to be discharged from the Army on July 10, 2013, a date that surely cannot come soon enough for him.

Kim Tae Hee’s new drama, Jang Ok-jung (Living By Love) is slated to hit the air this coming March. We wish her every success with her new project, and wish them both every happiness in their personal lives.

— Stephe @cloudusa.wordpress.com ^@@^ / CloudUSA.org

Sources: enews World (CJ E&M, Mnet) / KDramaStars.com / Yonhap News / Dramabeans / Coupang / Star News on Naver

~ by Cloud USA on January 2, 2013.

206 Responses to “[editorial] Business as usual: Rain under fire by the Media and his countrymen for going on a date.”

  1. […] [editorial] Business as usual: Rain under fire by the Media and his countrymen for going on a date.. […]

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  2. I have not been a fan of Rain for a long time like some of you so I am still discovering things about him and his career of 10 years. From what I have read or seen on the internet, I do agree that Rain will be just fine, he is resilient. I am the type of person that likes to hear directly from “the horse’s mouth” and chances are there might not be any direct comments on all these recent matters.
    Rain is the only one that knows what is best for him at all levels. I follow another american artist career very closely and when he decided to get married, his loyal supportive fans were all shocked with whom he fell in love with (the heart wants what it wants) and we grew to love her too since he was happy and still is.
    If I read the article on “The Cloud” Notice correctly, I am surprised to read that a (DEMA) soldier has to go off base for music recordings and that they don’t have the appropriate facilities and equipment on base. Maybe ROK army needs to make some changes.
    Lots of love and support for Rain!

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    • tonicny – he went off base to record his own music …. I think. At least that was my take on it. But it was the fact that he stayed out past when he was suppose to be back at base and that he did other things besides what he said he’d do. i.e. see KTH but that seems weird cuz if they are not on base why should the army be able to say what they can and can not do. As long as he doesn’t do anything illegal or unbecoming to a solider. But what do I know.

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  3. I like Rain but not as a fanatic but as a fellow artist who respects and understands his pain and struggles because I went through the same thing in my life. I always believe that an artist’s tragedy is the world’s blessing because its just how we are built. We make our living out of our misery and pain. We heal and inspire people through that. I think he will get through this… its just that… well… im feeling that its probably on the girl’s side that made it worse for him. i feel like she wants attention? i dont know… but to say that knowing that you’re man will be affected negatively is not a sign of knowing your craft and the world ur living in. i just hope rain would choose a non-korean girl for him because he is universal, anyway. he is an artist and he is in the position of his life where the world is already at his feet. then, let’s see how the whole korea would react to that.

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    • I agree with you. And have felt from the beginning she should have kept her mouth shut. But i think he wants to marry Korean to keep his roots, since he’s a worldly man. He probably feels this will keep him grounded also. I just pray he ways all his choices wisely.

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      • yes, i really think she should have kept her mouth shut at least for the time being. i mean, just a month of dating? really? rain’s camp isn’t even saying anything about it. she’s laughable to me.

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        • A,

          Rain’s camp WON’T say anything about it either. Why? Because Rain is being investigated by the military and that would be a stupid thing to do.

          DEMA reported to new media later that Rain did finally admit to dating Tae Hee.

          Hint: Whenever a military organization says someone is taking “time to reflect on” their infractions, that means they have been confined to their quarters and that their duties have been suspended. They also usually have a gag order placed upon them.

          That is likely why Rainy Entertainment isn’t saying anything at all–and likely never will.

          Terri :-}

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          • right, terri… i still think it gotten worse for him because of tae hee….

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            • A,

              I understand what you are saying. And you’re right.

              The moment Tae Hee admitted to dating Rain, it got a LOT worse–for both of them. The moment Tae Hee said she was dating Rain, all of her delusional fans got mad and began to revile Rain, and all of the delusional Rain fans got mad and began to revile not just Tae Hee, but ALSO Rain.

              It is unbelievable how many comments from supposed Rain fans and “Clouds” I read who said they would never support him again NOT because he had done something wrong (there were plenty of those too, but…) but simply because he was dating Tae Hee. What an incredibly naive mentality. I still can’t fathom it.

              Of course, in the end, even if Tae Hee hadn’t said anything at all, it would have come out eventually because DEMA had the photos, and they knew Rain was somewhere with someone he shouldn’t have been. And at that point, Rain wouldn’t have lied, because he would have known that he would have gotten into even more trouble.

              So, in retrospect, I’m glad she admitted it. That way it got the ball rolling sooner than later, so that all of this could be cleared up more quickly. I mean, if she hadn’t have admitted it, then that would have put Rain in the difficult position of either 1) continuing to lie to protect her or 2) admitting it himself, and remember, at the time, he was not being allowed to talk to anybody–especially not her. So he wouldn’t have know what the heck to do.

              So, I’m sure he was quite relieved when someone finally said, Soldier, we know you were dating her, because she admitted it.” That way, he could just say, “Yeah, I did. Sigh.” And then it was all over but the shouting.

              Sometimes things just have to get worse before they get better. Ya know?

              Terri :-}

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              • yeah and poor rain is being crucified for simply being rain… i also have the same issues with my home country that’s why i decided to go abroad.

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                • Yeah. It’s sad.

                  It’s even sadder when you think about how he is probably not the only one the ROK military is crucifying in private, where we can’t see.

                  Low morale, depression, suicide and divorce are rampant in military organizations all over the world, and always have been. In 2009, the Mental Health Advisory Team (MHAT) VI Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09 published a mental health report that indicated morale in the U.S. Army’s Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom units had not improved since the last study in 2005, and in some units had actually decreased (http://www.armymedicine.army.mil/reports/mhat/mhat_v/mhat-v.cfm). Apparently, low morale, depression, and suicide are some of the toughest enemies for the military to fight. I totally believe it.

                  Just being IN the military can cause stress and anxiety, even in peacetime armies. I married in 1980. At that time, there was a cold war and the big enemy was East Germany and Russia. Still, sometimes my ex would come back from a field exercise (after being gone for 45 days) so physically and mentally exhausted that the first morning he woke up in our apartment he would be totally disoriented and combative. He was a 2LT (Second Lieutenant) at the time, and had just started his military career. After enough training, well, I could forget about ever waking him up from a dead sleep without taking protective measures. The wife of one of his company commanders (who had served in Vietnam) told me she was frequently awakened out of her own dead sleep to find her husband had her in a choke hold, thinking she was the enemy. It terrorized her. But just think what it did to him? He was always so traumatized when this happened.

                  The military was one of the causes of my own separation from my husband of 23 years, who I was only actually in the physical presence of for half of those years because of frequent military-related separations. Ours relationship was incessantly strained by problems caused by the frequent separation and the problems that causes, like psychological detachment from family, reintegration issues after deployment, and family relocation every three years. According to The Pentagon, in 2012, the divorce rate of military servicemen was its highest in 10 years (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57474778/trouble-on-the-home-front-military-divorces-on-the-rise/).

                  So, you’d better believe that I think it’s an extremely sad day when any soldier of any military organization ANYWHERE can’t simply get a little break from the rigors of military life by having a date with a loved one every now and then. Especially in South Korea, where soldiers don’t have any choice but to be there. O_o

                  Terri :-}

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      • and seeing how korea is treating him, i really think he should consider having a life outside his native land or marry someone who is not korean. i wonder how korea would react to that.

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        • Hahahahahaha… They would probably feel betrayed, and can’t say I’d feel bad for them. He doesn’t deserve the treatment he’s been given by some of them. Personally JiHoons the reason I’ve taken interest in Korea. They really need to appreciate their celebrities more and stop being so harsh and dictative. It is a beautiful country and he’s very proud of it has well he should be. But yes he needs a long break from them and hopefully they discover just what a true gem he is. As far as marrying non Korean? I’m happy for whatever makes him happy and someone who will cherish him as he will her.

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  4. OMG!!! That’s all I can say right now. I don’t think I can add anything that hasn’t ready been stated.

    I will continue to support and pray for JiHoon. If TaeHee is truly his Lady, I will support her too.

    CloudUSA – as always I can count on you to dig and get past the BS! I thank you again for that!

    “I support Rain” Fighting!!!!

    🙂

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  5. I know Rain is not by any means perfect- no one is in this world, but this, this heat he is receiving, is simply because he is dating Kim Tae Hee. There is not other way around it. Just because he was caught going on a date with Kim Tae Hee means he isn’t fulfilling his duty in serving his country? It’s crazy how his own country is blaming it on him like he is the ONLY soldier who in his earned days and with obvious permission (because I know Rain won’t just leave wherever he wants without permission, he isn’t like that, no one is like that, it simply shouldn’t be allowed; special treatment my butt.) met up with his lady. That’s a bunch of bull. I’ve seen a fancam of a celebrity solider with his girlfriend, holding hands and wearing his uniform, on a date and it seems no one said anything about. I believe he is indeed a victim of witch hunt by his own people. It’s sad. I just hope Kim Tae Hee is worth it. I really do.

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    • KC,

      Hear, hear. I will be absolutely amazed if he doesn’t take a pretty hard fall for this though. Because if DEMA doesn’t make him an example, then the public outcry that is going on over there will get worse.

      Rain isn’t the only PR soldier dating and trying to make his military service as tolerable as he can while he is serving his time. And I’m sure some of them are doing things that are much, much worse than dating their girlfriends. The problem is it was simply time for someone to take the fall so that things in DEMA would change. People have been complaining about the PR Division and they way the operate for a long long time. Unfortunately, Rain was the one who got in the line of fire. Sigh.

      Terri :-}

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  6. LOL,

    Okay this is so deja vu-ish, at first I couldn’t speak when I saw it.

    I am currently working on some “defense documents” for Rain’s camp, behind the scenes of all of the crap. I have been doing so quietly and trying like heck to stay calm while doing it.

    One of the things I had to do was look back at the English Translations of some of the Speeding Instinct posts. I had just finished doing that for 11/25, when I realized that that day was the day we got into it over here with a commenter who got really upset at Stephe’s asides.

    As I was scrolling down the page, one of my comments caught my eye, and it was surreal. I said, and I quote:

    “The huge trend in the Rainiverse is to believe that Rain is perfect, that he has absolutely no flaws whatsoever, and that he can do no wrong.

    “For your information, that is total fantasy. Rain is a man and he makes mistakes, just like everyone else does. I’m terribly afraid that one day all of you clouds who think he is perfect are going to be extremely disappointed in him when he does something really stupid. That makes me very sad, because as a staunch supporter of Rain, unless he does something insanely criminal, I plan to support him through the good and the bad. Do you?

    “Can you imagine what a terrible burden it is to always have to be perfect all the time? For everyone on the planet? He can’t possibly live up to that. That’s crazy.”

    LOL. That’s all. Just thought I was share that again. Because it was so very appropriate. Okay, now I know. It’s all my fault that Rain got in trouble, because I put that out into The Matrix.

    Me sorry.

    Terri :-}

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    • Terri did it. LOL!!! (* just kidding “nutizens” *) Well, your comment is/was very appropriate for this situation and eerily so.

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    • SO now we know who is really to blame, lolss. While thinking about all this I just had an insight….People are always asking Rain what kinda girl he likes…..Well dont we now know? I think I should look into what kind of person she is to see who it is Bi is drawn to.

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      • Yeah. I’m so embarrassed. LOL.

        Good idea, Patrice. I’ve been doing just that, when I’ve had time.

        She seems like a very sweet, smart and capable lady. And she’s gorgeous to boot. I guess we’ll see, though, what kind of woman she is, right? If she can hold onto him and not make any hasty decisions about their relationship while all this crap is going, then she will have won me over. A woman that can stand by her man even when he’s not so perfect is a winner. (And trust me I know that about which I’m talking…I just stood there a little too long. There is a time to stay and a time to get the hell on. Trust.)

        Terri :-}

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        • You’re right the real test of her salt will be if she stands by him immediately after the dust settles. She’s also a public persona with a career to protect too….wonder how she’ll ultimately handle things.

          This reminds me how a long time ago in the forum when we used to speculate about Bi/kpop stars and how they “get with” their women without a trace of any woman anywhere. We came to the conclusion that Bi would more than likely get with somebody who had a career and an equal amount to lose. Funny it seems more than just Terri spoke this stuff into the cosmos. We’re all sorry Honey Bi. LOL!! I just remembered that.

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  7. I’m sure Rain will come out of this fine. He’ll be a little bruised and battered but he will be just fine. The man is definitely battle tested. Yet even the bravest of warriors gets tired. This is insane.

    They’ve been gunning for this man from minute one. What Rain needs to realize is that your skin-folk ain’t always your kin-folk. Sometimes it is people who look just like us (Crabs-in-a-barrel mentality) who are coming for us the hardest. I know this must hurt. I realize there are cultural ties as well, and one can feel conflicted about just picking up and moving to America. I hate Hollywood anyway, and to be completely honest with you, I would prefer if Rain would work outside of that system, possibly in indie films. I would hate for him to get tied into that desexualized/action-star trope that they saddle a lot of actors/actresses of color with. Asian men in particular.

    As someone who has worked in the entertainment industry while in school (I worked with a talent agent here in Manhattan) I can say that if I were Miss Tae Hee–and from a PR standpoint, I would have had my people keep their mouth zipped. This is already a heated situation for Rain. As much as I would like to tell the world that Rain was my man LOL I wouldn’t say one peep until after that man was discharged. Hell, I wouldn’t have met him either. I know what it’s like to be lonely and need a little lovin’ but sometimes we have to bare down and be disciplined. :-p

    I agree with everyone. Rain needs to come to the states and take some time for himself, heal and get his creative juices flowing. Korea is going to talk sh*t about him regardless so what difference does it make?

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    • “……you skin-folk ain’t always your kin-folk…….”

      Ha! Now ain’t THAT the truth! Love that…..got to write that one down.

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      • ROFL…That was a really good quote. That was just good plain old fashioned …sitting on the front porch….let me break it down to you with some “old school” wisdom LOL. I was sitting in my office like “oh s****” and laughing so ridiculously hard.

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    • @BiA, I have to laugh because I liked that line too! Trust and believe I will be using that one……..”your skin-folk ain’t always your kin-folk”. @nicoleh73, I think you are correct that Rain will be fine after this unfortunate situation blows over—he will get past his punishment (if any) for rules violation and move swiftly thru his duties until his discharge in July 2013. I’ve watched enough K-dramas that I was suspicious from the start of this issue—it seems like a set-up behind the scenes (insert envious people here). Now they will probably have a soldier/officer assigned to all ROK entertainment personnel to make sure they abide by the rules when operating outside the military base. After all is said and done, July 2013 offers a new beginning for Jung JiHoon because I know he already has plans in place to move his career forward. His tenacity and obvious determination will boost his ability to rise above it all……

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    • I LOVE WHAT U SAID no word but AGREED ….. that RIGHT he need to seriously get the HELL out from Korean and come here to USA get a better STONE here ahahahhaah… see how that SEOUL feel without him for a while and yet he be better here in USA and u never know he maybe became richer and better all those women and men like WHAO…..
      who that handsome and talent and awesome right their all featuring him for co-cast Movies prepare even do a concept MV R&B as well like Rain said before i also remember he even state on on Radio say he want him out from there asap he said ‘when you’re in the military serving, your body isn’t yours” – Now, I really understand him why he said this and this what it happen he is he at all but seriously Rain smart but yet he lose his himself for cough this paparazzi cough them dating coz Kim Tea Hee drop him of on from the gate when he rehearsal his song but that song was done early but anyway i would love to say let have him come to USA and have be juices flowing i would love to hear and see it btw…. i think it even way better he do more industry in USA f*u* that Seoul …
      sorry for my languages i have enough really 😦

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    • We have a similar saying in Spanish which is translated, “nobody is a prophet in his own land”.
      Just read the bible and see how many times people tried to stone their prophets because they didn’t like the message they share. Even Jesus was crucified by his own people. The Roman authority ( i think his name was Pilatos) back then tried really hard to save but his own people didn’t help him. So what can we really expect from his countrymen…..

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      • You’re right, there is nothing new under the sun about human nature. It is the same today as it was when Jesus walked the earth…well, at least that’s my personal belief.

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  8. Terri, Stephe
    Check the Cloud! Update message for you!

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  9. There hasn’t been a lot of posting here in the past few days because frankly, what is there TO post? More of the same inflated stories and deliberate inaccuracies, back to back to back? We don’t do that here, as I’m sure you already know. We don’t throw up the same news rewritten a dozen different ways by different news sites just because they’re talking about Rain, particularly when we know the stories contain non-facts and untruths about what’s happening to him.

    Instead, we have been investigating and researching and coming up with ways to help Rain and the Cloud and ferret out what truths we can, which takes a heck of a lot of time.

    And we are waiting for the military’s FINAL finding on the matter so that we can post that.

    Just an FYI.

    Thanks much for your patience.

    Stephe ^@@^

    P.S. Got a project in the works that will be announced later on today, so sit tight. And I want everyone to participate. EVERYONE.

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    • THANK U for doing this and thank for took took that post i did down i am so sorry that i post this and again without u stephe & terri i don’t what to said and i well be in this PROJECT !! cloud are stand and support STAND BY ni matter what !!

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      • I understand, Kongsao. Really, I do. It is so upsetting. I cannot even give words to how upset I am for JiHoon. But I also know that he has been through worse, much worse, and that he is going to come out of this just fine, no matter the result, no matter the punishment. He’s a champ and he can do it.

        I think of how strong he is, and I channel that into what I’m doing because that’s what he needs from me most. Strength and concentrating on him instead of letting myself drown in the negative.

        Because when it’s all said and done, he’s going to be smelling like a rose in Hollywood. And the countrymen who tried to lynch him out of spite will still be sitting at home in their recliners watching TV or on their laptops, getting older and going nowhere and wishing they had talent and digging their underwear out of their butts and scratching like the losers they are. LOL

        Because that’s the REAL problem — they’re envious of what he’s managed to do with his life and they don’t want him to have it.

        Stephe ^@@^

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        • Amen to that Stephe, Your words describe how we here feel exactly. I have had a feeling jealousy plays a part in all this. It That just makes sense.

          I wonder if he is scheduled to be on the radio tonight or if his participation will be cancelled.

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        • Hahahahahaha…..I love that you said it! GO ON GURL, WICHYAW BAD SELF! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……TAKE THAT JERKS!!!!

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          • I KNOW HE been have more worse then this u can do this tough know u can u are a real man and humble to what u do nothing can LET rain why that why his is RAIN will wash all this mess soon and fast yet after the this nightmare gone u see a BRIGHT SUNSHINE waying to u again rain been through many before and he will pass this one…..i know he WELL …. let put postitive mood on him yet the Radio well be be tonight Rain & KCM

            btw…. Terri
            화니 comment
            i see your comment on cloud notice

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    • Thanks for that Stephe and we understand and will wait patiently.

      You know I was watching the news this morning and if you think this type of social media stuff can’t happen in the U.S., well think again.

      There’s a case in Ohio (I believe) involving local high school football stars and a photo of them carrying an allegedly unconscious girl (pixelated) who they allegedly assaulted. Well, this social media vigilante group calling themselves Anonymous (wearing V for Vendetta masks) made a video saying they would not stand for high school stars getting away with assault, etc. This group hacked into computers got personal information, posted about the stars and the girl, their families. They also got audio from other football players. Then social media took over, people started calling the girl obvious names, etc. I mean this video went viral.

      The part that is Eerily the same is how the on-air lawyer of this morning news show said that it makes it harder to bring justice in this case because so much false and inflammatory information has already been put out on the internet so the LAW has to ferret out from that stuff what exactly IS fact. So basically, from the Law’s standpoint they have to start “backwards” to get at the truth and it makes it damned hard to get justice on both sides and that’s not even getting to whatever laws the so called “vigilantes” broke if any. I won’t get into things like race, because quite frankly the whole TYPE of situation could happen to anybody at the wrong place/wrong time or caught in a compromising position or the APPEARANCE of a compromising position and basically your life can either be ruined or at the very least catch holy hell. At this point, they don’t even know IF that girl was unconscious (as was alleged). Social media has now become a real BEAST. You can be anonymous and just Take Over someone’s life. This is why I personally limit how much of this stuff I do online, because it has become a scary place out in the world……for real!

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      • Oh, yeah. We know it can happen here. We’ve seen it happen a lot here.

        That is why we are so insistent that someone give us some translations of some articles that are more supportive of Rain, so that we can use them to counterpunch. The plan is to post another supportive article here based on the translations we receive and then send those translated supportive articles to our own Media here in the West. I’m going to be asking all of you for your help with that one. I have a few media contacts myself, but I am pretty sure that some of you have your own contacts as well.

        So, hopefully, some of you will be comfortable with helping us to try and change the trajectory of this spin.

        Terri :-}

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        • You know people (in general) just wouldn’t be satisfied with enjoying this thing called social media. Now, it’s at a point where the law will soon have to become more involved in the policing of it. Because it’s always a few “nut cases” who make it bad for the rest of us.

          Pretty soon you will probably need more than just an email addy to get on social sites. More like “name, rank, serial no., first born, arm, leg…….” you get the point. There’s going to have to be a way for lawmakers and law enforcers to be able to catch and prosecute people who incite this sort of thing. There should not be Anyone who can just hide behind anonymity and change the course of someone else’s life just on a whim or just cause. There needs to be some kind of way for the law to trace directly back to you within seconds.

          People bitch and moan about countries that live in a “police state” but if people keep doing things like this (all willy-nilly), then yeah a “police state” is what we will find ourselves in. As it stands right now, there Should be a way for a person to be EASILY identified. Pretty soon that will probably be taking place, Upfront before you can even post your first comment or set up your own blog or post your first instagram. Heck, YT now asks you to use your full name or give a reason why you can’t and they also have the uploading a pic option, just like on FB. As an entity, you can’t really blame them. YT itself also has extremely volatile commenters (in general), which I’ve always viewed as immature children trying to act like grown-ups.

          So in the next few years get ready for…….”so you want to sign up for my web site….ok….press your hand against the screen while we scan your palm, this will only take a few seconds….great we’ve got it….now feel free to comment away” or “thank you for shopping with us, you have a great day.” Oh yeah, that day IS coming……………….

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    • “so excited”…..LOL

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  10. Stephe & Terri
    would this HELP???

    [01-04] [Cloud Notice]★ I need to have a word with you urgently.

    Military disciplinary committee’s decision to take disciplinary action against Rain, will be announced by some time tomorrow. Yesterday’s articles pointing an accusing finger at him must have been a nightmare for you, and it was likely to upset you. I guess that you had little choice but to act as lookouts under such conditions, which might make you feel more dull and gloomy.As the Defense Department Spokesman mentioned, Rain has been held incommunicado since he violated military discipline and committed a fault, and I haven’t also been able to contact Rainy Entertainment at all, so it is thought it won’t be easy for the company to express its position in public In this situation, it’s true our words and actions to make things right again, can mischievously be distorted by certain media, so I think the best thing we could do is to spread impartial reports such as the linked percipient, measured articles on him below.
    If you find any objective and impartial article on him, please let us know by leaving posts below. I’ll set up a link immediately.

    1. 정지훈의 ‘특권’을 향한 ‘분노’와 ‘인권’의 문제
    1. Their angrier with Rain receiving preferential treatment, and his human rights.

    http://news.nate.com/view/20130103n24086

    2. 비, 휴가·외박 71일 아닌 27일…마녀사냥 우려”
    2. The number of Rain’s vacation and sleeping out days is 27, not 71…
    It is feared that he will be a victim of a witch hunt.

    http://joynews.inews24.com/php/n … l=715291&rrf=nv

    source : http://rain-cloud.co.kr/board/vi … itle&searchStr=
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    WHAT CAN WE DO any suggestion anybody an bit stress at this point it started to AROSE then i expected we will get to know what the well be by tomorrow but seriously they NEED to stop listing to all those and article e i feel REJECT how they treat RAIN like not to mention he sis do much in SEOUL … SERIOUSLY they need to STOP IT esp media SPREAD LIKE CRAZY any they believed so fast plus those neizen on top make Rain even worse i am about to EXPLODED ….. STRESS right now i never see
    SUCH big DEAL about this over just coz he love somebody and yet that NEIZENT NEED TO SHUT THEIR MOUTH or i can DUCT TAPE them instead about them been together nothing can be better for Rain and not easy for him to found RIGHT WOMEN it SO SAD…. that HOW ridiculous Seoul and those neizent could let them have their FREEDOM and who to be choice and love it totally ASHAMED to them SHOULD LOVE their own ARTIST and felt warm and happy for them instead FIRE them up like i just think about i felt KICK ASS here and they SHOULD support them even more NOT rule THEM honestly i am starting TO SICK by KOREAN esp nezien how they bias their artist like this
    come to think about i notice couple celebaetiesw come to USA and get secrete marry WELL Rain can DO THIS ~! this only way and OPTION for him to be happy ….but about military GOSH it just ridiculous

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  11. i love bi oppa and support him ❤
    we have to wait his comment, plz cloud wait and see what he say. Keep loving him and don't forget you all love him bt you have bf and u get marry with a boy then wae bi oppa can't go in relation???? Don't be stupid just keep loving him and support him and try to make things easy for him if u can bt don't go against his decision.

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    • Jjungjae…that’s what we are doing supporting him, definately more than his own country, I think. We have been venting our feelings here about the way he;s been treated and we are worried for him. I certainly think cloudUSA are more level-headed than those pop blogs. I don’t even bother to read the comments on those blogs cause I know I would get worked up and have to tell some people off.
      You know what I’ve been wondering is why the netizens do not get upset about the fact that famous Korean sports figures don’t even have to serve in the military if they so choose..

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  12. I think DEMA has some explaining to do here, I mean they should protect their soldiers, specially when their personnel is under fire for being entertainers and are accused of having “privileges” that regular soldiers don’t have. People get mad when rules don’t apply to all people in the same way. They should be careful and keep their regulations in check. I can’t believe Rain did something without permission, that’s not him. I believe he did what he was told to do and took time- off when his superiors ordered him. Is their system what’s wrong in here. The good thing is that people are understanding better the situation but if DEMA don’t protect Rain, then his reputation will be tarnished. On the other hand, if they expect to have a staff of entertainment soldiers in the future, then they better get things straight and protect Rain cuz again, he’s not just any entertainer. I’m sure that entertainers in waiting of military service are watching closely this situation with Rain, they won’t say a word about it but they will be taking this nightmare into consideration for their military duty. I hope Rain can get out of this unharmed. I can’t wait for his release on May! Jesus, he should get his family and go away from Korea as soon as he’s able!! -__-

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  13. The definition for “luckiest girl in the world” has officially been defined. ❤

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    • Hell yeah!! I hope she’s worthy of his love. In my eyes, Rain believes she’s worthy so I hope he’s not mistaken cuz if he is, the pain and the shame will be awful. It can be inspiration for wonderful songs, but really, the man has gone thru so much, he don’t deserve any more pain. Believe me, she better be worthy cuz some Clouds won’t be happy. Me included! If she do something bad to my Baby, she better don’t come to Puerto Rico, ever!! >:/

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    • No, more like the definition for “the girl whose huevos are just a large as her man’s” has officially been defined.

      Whoever Bi’s girl ends up being (for the long haul) will definitely have to have a “matching pair”……I know that much.

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  14. Why is everyone making such a big deal about Jihoon dating Kim Tae Hee? First of all Jihoon has been on plenty of dates with women but has never said who they were and they have never said anything either….now how can we be so SURE that this statement is really TRUE about them, if it is really true then I will be a happy camper and can’t wait for a wedding of theirs. I think only way we will know the truth is when Jihoon himself says it.

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    • Cherrie,

      Kim Tae Hee’s agency has already admitted that they have been dating for about a month. That is what all of this folderol is about. There are accusations that he dated her on official military duty time.

      Read the whole post and all of the comments and catch yourself up, please.

      Terri :-}

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      • I’m all cought up Terri…I have just read something new, here is the link…Kim Tae Hee-Rain Scandal, “We Dated Secretly From Our Agencies”
        http://www.kpopstarz.com.

        This is just so STUPID…there are more important things in the world to worry about then who Jihoon is dating cause he is a grown @s* man (sorry Terri)

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        • LOL. Yes, he is indeed, as you say a grown @s* man. LOL.

          That news you linked, though, is not new. It was posted several day ago.

          Terri :-}

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          • Really? I guess that food poison had me down for good lol…so are there anymore videos of Jihoon pumping his hips lol

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  15. oh gosh now i am so lose and bit confuse about all this i could sleep sent last night even in my dream have huff thinking how Rain can release and gain his ambassador back i just all this just wind that blow all away but it very but i am happy that rain can finally found his REAL LOVE Kim Tea Hee very smart and pretty rain have been lonely for a while is coz this new spread all over we would known he in
    love and dating to even give him happiness in life i am very happy he truly found a women and she must be smart to accept rain BINGO~!! I HOPE THIS well give rain more mature felling and what ever he gain his comeback well always be best for him by the way i read that he well do be om Radio show tonight i hope he give us more detail about this also wait & see can’t wait for translation for this radio also

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  16. I’ve been pretty confused as many, in barely three days I’ve been thinking “the military is like that parent who gives their child a toy and shortly after they scold him for using it”, “I only end up liking rascals or what?”, “they shouldn’t have given him privileges in the first place!”… And yes, I have read AKP and their comments.

    Not only the country netizens, but people from abroad also seem to agree with their Korean counterparts in the most voted comments (Consarn it) And Hyun Bin, oh, I used to not care about the guy but they use him as a kind of a worshipping figure and throwing weapon. And I also see many comments about “I have a friend in Korea who wasn’t allowed to have more leaves”, “we have our asses frozen while they are inside their comfy barracks”, etc.

    We tend to forget previous news, so the newcomers already take for granted the newest information even if is not absolutely true. And sadly it happens with all kinds of news. It’s amazing, the human nature towards the media, right?

    Yes, let’s expect an official statement. And hope it is a detailed one so they can shut up as many mouths as possible with accurate data.

    I really respect the fact that in spite of having a certain bias factor (you are a website about Rain) you still strive to put at least some order in all this mess. Thank you for making this article.

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    • Fabada,

      Thank you for your kind words about Cloud USA. And thank you for reading the article. We here at Cloud USA are not the type of fans who have their heads in the clouds (lol, I made a funny) about our bias. I and my co-founder, Stephe and I are professional writers, and as such, we insist on trying to ferret out the truth about every situation that comes up about Rain.

      Yes, we are certainly Rain fans, as you can plainly see. :-} But we’re not crazy stupid about him either.

      Terri :-}

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  17. Ok dear fellow CLOUDS USA. I’ve been scrolling down, down, down and tried to keep up with all comments here. I’m glad that there most of my fellow clouds are still supporting baby bi. This thing has been awful but I would like now to share my thinking with you. I’m very disappointed with the ROK. I thought they had Rain’s back and unfortunately that doesn’t seem the case. Our baby boo had done everything he could to perform his duty. Even overdoing it, affecting his own health. What I see here is the the military got too excited with Rain and decided to use him in all possible ways without making a visible line for everybody to see including Rain himself of what is permitted and what is not. I’m sure he doesn’t move a finger or make any decision without getting a clearance from his superiors. They had not showed clear rules of what a celebrity can or cannot do until some people start complaining and then they decide to take action just so the ROK doesn’t look bad from their own poor choices or wrong decisions. Poor celebraties has to pay the price for Military mistakes. Now our dear rain will have to face whatever they decide to do with him. I hope they think really well on what’s going to be their next step. There’s only one good thing that will come out of this situation though. We will get to see if this relation is made of steel or just sand. If it’s going to stand anything or will crumble like a bad edification. Rain needs a strong woman in his life. Someone who will stand by him through thin and thick. Will Kim be this person? We just have to wait and see. I’ll will break my heart for Rain if it doesn’t work. But at least he will know for sure if it was worth it or not.

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  18. At first people were mad that Rain got too many days off. A day later they were mad that he used on duty days to meet up with Kim Tae Hee. A few hours later they are mad that he hasn’t been doing his job as a soldier now they are mad at him because he didn’t wear his damn beret and he fu(k3d it up for everyone in the military. Are they serious? I can’t even believe what I’m reading. Rain isn’t the only celebrity that doesn’t wear his beret. There has been pictures of other soldiers not wearing their beret and no one says s#h*t to them. They are the ones who keep on preaching that celebrities shouldn’t get special treatment in the first place. Contradicting themselves much? Also, Rain EARNED extra off days with all the stuff he does. And like I have said before, him meeting Kim Tae Hee when he is on duty is just an assumption with no evidence as back up and people are mad at him because of this. This is why they are investigating him in the first place =.= Although (?) I doubt Rain used his on duty for personal use. He’s not that type of man. I would know, I’ve been his fan for years 🙂 I don’t know it’s such a crime for him dating while he is in the military working his a$$ off like everyone else. There is no rule that soldiers shouldn’t have a relationship before enlistment and while they are serving their time. There is a lot of soldiers, all around the world, that have wives and kids and girlfriends and boyfriends. They also said that Rain hasn’t done anything illegal yet they want his head already. Stupid. This what Korean netzines are now writing, it seems like they are parsing Rain now: 7 days) 1.4~10: 봉와직염; phlegmon; cellulitis

    8 days) 2.9~17: 및 포상휴가; lower rank reward leave

    7 days) 2.29~3.6: 특급전사 포상휴가; special troop reward leave

    4 days) 5.29~6.1: 단장 포상휴가; leader reward leave

    4 days) 6.25~28: 대대장 포상휴가; battalion commander reward leave

    3 days) 8.19~21: 단장 포상휴가; leader reward leave

    2 days) 8.22~23: 홍보지원대장 포상휴가; public relations aid reward leave

    10 days) 단증 획득 또는 상벌점

    44 days) 공무상 출장 –> official duty business trip

    25 days) studio recording. dance practice.

    19 days) 위문열차

    정기휴가: didn’t take any ordinary leave yet

    half of it is reward leave for being such a great soldier. LOL

    Terri, I apologize if my comment is too long.

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  19. HOLY SMOKES, you guys are filling up my email inbox this is quite the discussion.

    This is just the perfect example of people with so much hate and jealousy for people that have done well in life and taking what should be a thing to be happy about and nurtured in the hope of good thing to happen for Jung JiHoon and twisting it into something bad.

    IF those people had never commented and started to spread rumors and speculations then Rain wouldn’t be under the microscope for these issues with the Army. Everyone given the opportunity will take advantage of a situation to get extra benefit from it and sadly more so for celebrity type people who are more likely to get these “opportunities” thrown their way, that’s human nature. So if he get’s disciplined then so be it but hopefully it will be fitting for the crime and not blown out of proportion due to the situation. This should not have come up in the first place or at the least not spread over the internet and dealt with within the Military itself.

    Regardless, I support Jung JiHoon and I hope he and Kim Tae Hee can just grit their teeth and keep their heads down until the dust clears and they can attempt to continue to know each other. If that has not already been ruined.

    My 2 cents, Dot

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    • Oh, Dot. I totally agree.

      But let’s do hope that Kim Tae Hee is made of stronger stuff. I think she is. First of all, she is a woman Rain was attracted to. We all know he is attracted to strong personalities. Second, this is a woman who has never ever EVER admitted to even having a boyfriend at all. She even sued 34 netizens who made up some insane story about her. And she did it fast and furiously too. But now, with Rain, she comes right out and says, yes, we are dating! That right there is a very good sign that she is a strong woman and can handle the heat. To admit you are dating is akin to horror over in Korea. So, that took a lot of guts right there.

      It is bad enough to have to be punished for “dating” in the first place. (How ridiculous.) But to have the person who played a part in all this drama to abandon you? Well, MY GOD. That would just totally take the cake. Ji-Hoon would be devastated and I would never forgive her. Ever, ever ever.

      In fact, I would likely become a Kim Tae Hee anti-fan. And if you know anything about me, that is a totally ridiculous statement, because I despise antis. But I really would have a difficult time keeping my mouth shut about it. I really would.

      Terri :-}

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      • So she sued netizens? I was wondering why she wasn’t getting any real heat. So she’s already proven that she will “spank that behind” if you mess with her……BUT then again so has Bi. So something more sinister is at work here. Just don’t know what and why him?

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        • I agree. It happens to him every damned time he gets a little ahead or some kind of success. Or even happiness. Something is fishy in Korea when it comes to Rain.

          He starts to date a girl he really likes and they hadn’t even dated a month before he’s reamed a new one. This whole situation boggles my mind.

          Terri :-}

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      • This has been weighing very heavily on my mind and I cannot get over to what extent people go to and they don’t realize the damage they create. I sure hope his dad and sister do not get word of anything that is out there but chances are they have.
        I would also think that for KTH to make an official statement about her relationship with Rain is that she had his approval to say so, wouldn’t you think he would need to take part in that decision. Also wonder if they knew they were being followed by media.
        Sending Rain and KTH my support and hoping that their relationship is already strong enough to continue enjoying their happiness together regardless of this situation.
        Thank you for the fact updates.

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        • IMO, I’ve always felt they would have discussed (with each other) her coming forward. I don’t think she would have just made that decision without discussing it with him. Especially since I just became aware that she has had her own issues with netizens in the past. Knowing how volatile they can get. Also, I think most celebs (on their level) can always assume they are being followed. I’m sure they weren’t really all that surprised to be followed. However, I think that when their pics hit the internet, they probably expected Some negativity and netizen reaction, but absolutely Nothing like what this has turned into. I mean this morning I’ve seen that Several U.S. newspaper outlets (i.e., The Miami Herald, The Huffington Post to name a couple) have picked up the Associated Press version of this story. It has gotten that intense.

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          • BiA,

            I’m sure he would have discussed it with her, but we’ve heard he couldn’t. According to some of my sources, he has been incommunicado ever since immediately after the news broke about their dating. The military was quick to act and he has basically been confined to his quarters. (And please do not go spreading that around. Otherwise, we’ll suddenly have headlines like “World Star Rain on house arrest” all over the freaking place.)

            All because he made the bad decision to ride and chat with a girl. You gotta know that sticks in his craw.

            The Korean military needs a good whupping. Rain’s got more discipline than I’ve ever seen in anyone. To me it makes no sense that he did not have the discipline to bite the bullet and tell Kim Tae Hee that he couldn’t risk seeing her, even during the holidays, and then, instead, would suddenly meet up with her to chat while riding around in her car. That just doesn’t make any freaking sense.

            Which scenario is more likely? Did Rain really break the rules thinking he could get away with it? Or did he simply think he wasn’t doing anything wrong, because he had been given permission to do similar things before? Me, I’m going with the second one–and here’s why.

            Rain’s Clouds who have been following him for a long time, and have seen him accused of so much trash by crazy people, have never ever seen him or discovered him behaving badly. Neither has anyone ever said that he was a liar, a cheater and a thief–which is basically what you are if you use official military duty time as your own. That’s serious stuff.

            In an interview with one of his principle dancers for his first world tour (Menina Fortunato), I asked if she had ever seen Rain gamble. I asked that question because my interview with her took place during a time when his ethics were being questioned and he was undergoing a lawsuit against him that included accusations that he had a serious gambling problem. (By the way, new Clouds, you can read my interview with her here: https://cloudusa.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/exclusive-%E2%80%9Crains-coming%E2%80%9D-lead-dancer-menina-fortunato-speaks%E2%80%94and-cloud-usa-listens/) Menina was extremely complimentary of Rain and his behavior and treatment of his dancers and staff. She said he was very down-to-earth and a consummate professional. She had never seen anyone treat their dancers so well. She also said that the idea of Rain’s having a gambling problem was a load of crap.

            Frankly, I think the entire ROK military needs to change their ways and make their military more palatable to ALL of the soldiers who have to serve. It is unbelievable to me, in the 21st century, we have such antiquated thinking in a military organization. However, I also don’t get this concept of whining because entertainment soldiers get more “privileges” than other soldiers.

            ALL military culture, no matter where you are, is based on rank and privilege and honor. In my mind, the fact that Rain was a higher rank and a better soldier than others gave him more privileges does not bother me at all. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. That scenario fits within military culture. However, Rain wasn’t being very honorable if he broke the rules. Therein lies the problem. So let me repeat. If DEMA uncovers that Rain broke any of the rules that govern his military service, then he should be disciplined. But that discipline should be applied fairly and only for the specific infractions that Rain committed. He should not be punished for a screwy system, where his superiors weren’t doing their jobs, because that’s not his bloody fault.

            Superior officers are supposed to protect their men, not lead them to slaughter. Any good military leader knows that. So, in my humble opinion, after all this is over, some superior somewhere in the PR Division had better be out of a freaking JOB.

            Terri :-}

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            • Terri, this is me. I only put my comments about Cloud business here (as far as my “grown folks opinions” go). Dee Dee will not be spreading anything, except some ketchup on some Chick Fil-A waffle fries on my way home. *SMILES*

              Why couldn’t he “bite the bullet” and not see her? That’s easy….he’s a man Terri, that part has not changed since Jesus. You remember how it is/was when you first start dating somebody and you get those “Oooo baby” butterflies. He wanted to see his sweet thing and “temporarily forgot” who he was until those pics hit the net. Then just like you said, I’m sure he was like damn why the hell did I do that.

              This Cloud will not say anything. I just hope DEMA will come on with this statement. They know that everybody is waiting with bated breath.

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        • You know what maybe that’s the intent. To make Bi look bad in the U.S. before he even gets to work here in earnest. He has been more than vocal about wanting out in July and his intent to come here. Maybe that pissed somebody off. What they (netizens/media) don’t seem to realize is while Americans do look up to individuals who put their best foot forward and keep to their obligations, etc. this stuff they are trying their level best to smear him with……..we don’t and wouldn’t give two sh*ts about. American culture doesn’t waste time getting worked up about who wore the proper military attire or who celebrities date. We may be nosy, but getting worked up like the country will fall apart just won’t happen. Heck if anything, celebrities get “rewarded” over here for doing WAY more outrageous things.

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          • BiA,

            I would tend to agree that this is part of the issue.

            Terri :-}

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          • Bia
            that good point also that could lead of to this issue somebody must been so piss off it intense to make Rain get into bad solution as maybe this person was digging into his profile (Hacker) and put all this negative together and time come together and spread all this esp if they are a seeker hide they get all info and put all this when time for who ever pisses him knowing how S>Korean neizens are in Seoul to put a BLAHS On rain it so Stupid that Militarily did even over look and give Rain all this punishment along those nezient i felt SICK ….. about this as well

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  20. This man has gone through so much in his life. it is a shame that the God of Spite follows him no matter what he does. Don’t get what is happening to him over such petty (to me) things. What concerns me is his current state of mental health. Although his past has made him strong, has it made him strong enough to bear this? Anyone can make silly, stupid mistakes and have to take the consequences but to have an entire country trying to punish you is probably to much for any one human to bear. He seems to be Frankenstein’s monster and the village is chasing him—-Good grief. I hope that his inner strength will carry him through this with only a scar to show for it. I hope that he is getting emotional support from his inner circle. I hope that he knows there are people that will stand behind him no matter what the outcome. I hope that people will realize that he is human and forgive him.(although I don’t know what he did that was so evil) I can’t even begin to imagine the inner turmoil he must be going through, he must be suffering so very much. It’s almost like a Kdrama to me, seems to be following the pattern. Although I love those dramas I am beginning to wonder if those people are trying to act one out in real life at Rain’s expense. Just wondering.

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  21. Good God. I went to bed and now I see this shit storm is still brewing this morning. Well, all I can say is JiHoon, Clouds are behind you 100%. I mean for someone to be punished for let’s see…….umm…..not wearing a hat and…..umm…..going on a date. Yeah, right up there with harming national security. But hey, this is coming from a country with a “big line” drawn down the middle.

    Does Korea have any clue as to how INSANE this looks to people in other countries? Granted every country has rules its soldiers must follow, but the Enormity of this witch hunt/lynching to the point that this insanity has “flown” around the world is beyond words. I read somewhere else where someone said Korea’s technological prowess is far more advanced than its social skills……in a nut shell (pun intended).

    JiHoon if you don’t take this as a sign that your country has no clue what to do with the gifted individual that is You, then I don’t know how much more clear it needs to be. This country shouldn’t be allowed to have people entertain them and then AT WILL destroy the very people they CLAIM they love. I mean DESTROY them with such vengeance and hate…..and on a dime. The quickness of it all floors me too. This shouldn’t be allowed to happen. Has it gotten to the point where riot gear and swat teams need to be put in place??

    I know I can’t tell you what to do, but Bi….Honey Love, I would get my father and my sister and Tae Hee if she wants to…….pack my sh__t and leave that puppy…..ASAP! I wouldn’t even Consider coming back not for a long, long, long, long time, maybe never. Because to be crucified to the point that politicians use You as a “platform” to make a statement about leave in the military and military officials “feel compelled” to act/punish because the country has gone on some collective PSYCHOTIC break is beyond comprehension. ALL THIS for some MINOR stuff???!! Are you kidding me??!!

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    • Thank you, BiA.

      Yes, the lack of support he is getting in Korea is absolutely heartbreaking.

      The crux of the matter is the blurring of military rules and regulations boundaries for celebrities. Because of the duties Rain was assigned (entertaining, recording, traveling for the military), he was allowed privileges that other soldiers do NOT get. That is at the heart of many Koreans’ anger at him. As a celebrity soldier and a military ambassador, Rain is allowed many privileges that other soldiers are not, and yet he STILL took even further advantage of his position by breaking rules that he should have been following all along. So, now they view him as a cocky SOB.

      So. As a military ambassador and celebrity, Rain was aware that everyone was watching him and that he had to be on his best behavior, and yet the word is that he still broke some military rules anyway. Which rules he actually broke is anyone’s guess at this point, because the breaking news is all over the place and DEMA hasn’t even completed their investigation. Right now, Rain is confined to the barracks and is waiting for DEMA’s decision. They are supposed to make an official announcement sometime today (in Korea).

      What we think about those rules doesn’t matter. He is a soldier in the ROK Army, and I’m pretty sure he knew the rules. That still doesn’t mean we can’t support him and love him and make sure that he is not unduly vilified for committing extremely minor offenses. And we will.

      All I can say, though, is I sure as hell hope Kim Tae Hee is worth it.

      Terri :-}

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      • Terri, I hope Tae Hee’s was “laced in gold” cause all I know, he couldn’t possibly have seen this coming, not like this. Not to worry though, those of us who still walk among individuals of SOUND mind will continue to support him. DEMA needs to be thorough this is true but they need to quell some of the anger, so I hope their statement comes sooner rather than later.

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        • “I hope Tae Hee’s was ‘laced in gold'” Ah ha ha ha! I know THAT’s right.

          I know what you mean. I’m finding it very difficult to work today (and yesterday, for that matter) worrying about this crap.

          Terri :-}

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        • Oh my gosh. You hit the nail on the head! I love how Cloud USers keep it real. Might want to teach some classes to some in out here in the land of the morning calm….lol

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          • I call it like I see it April. That’s the only way I know how to be. I speak from my gut on how I view most things. Logic will always rule the day as far as I’m concerned. If “it” doesn’t make sense to me, I can’t go along/approve of/participate in whatever it may be. *SMILES*…………….

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  22. Clouds,

    There is so much misinformation out there, that my head is spinning. There are so many rumors floating around that we can’t tell fact from fiction anymore. Right now, I don’t think anyone knows what the truth is–not even his official fan club execs and maybe not even Rainy Entertainment. And that worries me a lot.

    So. We here at Cloud USA are going to calm down and wait for DEMA’s official word–which hasn’t been announced yet. And we are instead going to stop reading the news and we are going to do something different and supportive for Rain instead.

    Please wait.

    Terri :-}

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  23. Oh geesh. The #7 most searched thing on Yahoo is “Pop Star Rain Punished.”
    They’re reporting things I wasn’t aware of. Don’t know if this is new information or Eng media might be confused or receiving the wrong info. Whoa this is REALLY not good.

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  24. I never fully believe what Soompi or allkpop report on their site but the problem is the netizens believe everything they’re reading. Most of those commenting are not and never have been real Rain fans and are too ready to tear him apart. Everyone should take those posts over there with a grain of salt.
    FYI though, I know when I was in the military, whenever I wore my uniform outside, I was expected to wear the beret also, to the point where I felt funny if I didnt have it on.
    Let’s hope that Rain will have a light sentence and Lord, please don’t let him have to do his service again, that would be murder.

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  25. *silently working away in the background*

    Bwahahaha…

    *evil grin*

    *getting some rest… starting fresh tomorrow*

    ^@@^

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  26. I’m going to say this just cuz I’m curious. Do someone know who is Kim Tae Hee’s daddy? Because to me this sounds like a vendetta against daddy’s little girl’s new boyfriend!! Also, what’s so precious about her that everybody seems to have her in a pedestal? -_-

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    • YOU hit the nail on the head! What a GREAT question. Not sure an answer can be found though….hmmm! ;D

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      • Wow! She sued these nietzens over them starting a rumor of her supposedly marrying. She won. So this is how they repaided her by getting JiHoon? Or maybe the guy really wanted her? God who knows? But I’m so pissed. Hat off omg it ain’t that serious! Yell at him, make him do some push ups.

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        • Yup Lotus
          me too over same dam hat they granted him for this and Rain even precept this apologized as well this totally not a good new year to start for him and we have to wait for the council what they give Rain punishment but look like it nothing SERIOUS maybe just granted his vacation time off that would i said i just Rain daddy and her well accept their relationship here but right i wondering how he felt about this new man why can just goes to sleep uh???

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          • Kongsao I hope they don’t take his vacations that’s worse than the so called crime. Maybe one day at best. I understand the dress code, but its still not that dang serious.

            I have to get some kind of sleep. Goodnight sis.

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  27. Terri I have a question- did Rain request a transfer from active duty to public service worker out of the blue or was it because of his back injury? Also, what’s the difference between active duty and public service worker? O.O

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  28. This just came out http://www.allkpop.com/2013/01/rains-label-apologizes-for-breaking-military-attire-regulations-military-disciplinary-committee-to-possibly-make-changes-to-celebrity-soldiers-days-off

    Like Terri said that earlier this morning DEMA said that not wearing his beret wasn’t a official punishment, he is getting punished for it now. I have stated that to those preaching about him meeting Kim Tae Hee in his on duty days should tone it down since it is currently being investigated -.-

    But it seems that now people are saying that he hasn’t done any real stuff/job while his stay in the military and he’s just pansing off like some celebrities by doing easy, office work because he got switched or something like that. Lord. When will it stop? They probably don’t keep up with him and they are just spitting out bs.

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  29. [03-Jan-13][Kyubghyang] It is inevitable that disciplinary action must be taken against Rain.

    It has been confirmed that PR soldier ‘Rain’ known to have dated with actress ‘Kim Tae Hee’, met her on his way to the military unit after he was out to carry out his official duties, it’s against military regulations, so it is inevitable that disciplinary action must be taken against him.
    A military officer said, “The restriction of Rain from gong out or sleeping out or going on vacation, will be enforced, instead of his being court martialed and sentenced to months in a military prison.”

    http://news.khan.co.kr/kh_news/khan_art_view.html?artid=201301031118191&code=910302

    Brief English translation by 화니.
    비, 김태희 차타고 복귀, 징계위 회부 – 경향신문
    news.khan.co.kr

    http://news.khan.co.kr/kh_news/khan_art_view.html?artid=201301031118191&code=910302

    OH GOSH ARE U SERIOUS put Rain in prison ?

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    • Kongsao,

      No! It says “INSTEAD” of his being put in prison.

      Terri :-}

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      • terri
        sorry dear i was so frustrated all this think going around and i have no word to said look like everything come out TRUE and Rain the Y-star even confirm they dating together i mean i am happy for them together but this nieziens ARE to much !!
        and what about his Radio show and what about his serving duty is this all still accurate think i my heart just broken right now i still love Rain & support him ….

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  30. I don’t know about Kim Tae Hee cuz I really don’t know her but I find hard to believe that she will do something bad against Rain. What I thought it was kind of fishy was that Rainy wasn’t taking any action to do some damage control, after all, Rain is still their client. If there are news about DEMA clearing Rain they should be the ones to post the article in the media. Don’t you think? To me that’s weird. Maybe they don’t want to make a mistake and talk before DEMA but really, it’s getting too nasty out there for Rain, they should do something before things get out of hand. People are getting really mad. I fear for Rain, people in Korea can get violent. God bless him! I can’t understand why he’s being thrown to the wolves like that! One thing is clear, after this, other entertainers will think twice about getting into DEMA. They don’t protect their soldiers, they make them work twice and their hard work gets under suspicion because they’re entertaining. 😦

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    • Ok Rainy just made a statement saying that Rain apologizes for not using the damn hat outside the base. Also, that the military will look into days off given to entertainers. People are blaming the military now instead of Rain. At least that’s better for his reputation! But we’ll have to wait for next week to know what punishment Rain will received for the damn hat issue. Lord, I hope this nightmare ends next week!! 😦

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      • And now it’s all about the hat. Sigh.

        Terri :-}

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        • Yeah, darnation!! I don’t know about military regulations but it seems that it’s a big “NO” to go out without the damn hat! Sighhh In Soompi the article said that the punishment probably will be less time-off or vacations. We’ll see. 😦

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      • yes marisa
        i hope NOTHING big either talking about i felt like i shadow of SPY hey just saying ok!! and let the life of Rain back to normally i hope nothing effect his Military anymore i want this guy to complete his duty and get the HELL …out from their and move on this his goal what ever he state eh have SURPRISE for fans but … let wait and see i stand by him no matter and as for his relationship KOREAN Nezien NEED open up for them regardless are artist but look like u have get out SEOUL to peace and Happy LOL…. also i hope nothing granted from this oh please give this man a break~!

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  31. His Country does indeed take him for granted. Always looking for ways to put him down with no evidence what so ever. I hope this rude people get hit by karma… Destroying celebrities image and lives with their bu11sh**. They aren’t getting anywhere. Rain does one thing wrong (which is now cleared) and everyone is quick to translate and update, but when the truth comes out no one translates it. WTF. People are always looking for ways to criticize, attack at any giving chance with their smart a$$ comments. Trying to sound wise by writing: I have a friend who serves in the army and all that $hit. A bunch of hypocrites. I mean who are they to judge and compare when they haven’t even been in the military themselves? Just a bunch of teenage girls. Sighs. This gets me pissy but I hope as hell that someone translates the truth so it can be shoved down haters throat. ^=^

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    • I can’t believe this much s**t is happening to Rain right now. It’s ridiculous. I will try and ask someone I know if they can translate something. I keep checking Naver ׸ oh golly SO much stuff is coming out and its the number one thing being read. I’m scanning over the comments and it’s just crazy.

      I reallly wish (the woman) and her agency would have shut her/their mouth for the time being. That would have helped to some degree. [I’m not saying her name bcuz i dont want anyone coming after me lol)

      I personally feel like (the woman) and her peeps weren’t thinking clearly. I mean if he were my man, and I happened to be dating a huge celebrity who’s serving in the army, I’d tread lightly. I would be conjuring in my head how to best go about the situation withoiut bringing harm to him. Jihoon being in the army is already a sensitive thing so to blurt out “HEY WE’VE BEEN DATING FOR MONTH! <3" even though its likely there will be backlash since other soliders probably dont get as much personal time with their g/f. This is when the saying "no kiss and tell" should come to play.

      Also I'm really surprised that Jihoon WOULD (if its true) use the extra days he entitiled to as a celebrity (if he were using them for something other than his morale performance duties.) He's just the type to not want a short cut, not want special treatment, to be treated normal. BUT nothing is confirmed and in no way have I lost love or respect for the man. If it does come he violated terms by not wearing his beret then the rightful punishment is just. I totally understand how stict uniforms are. I just wish the best for dear Rain. I'm thinking there might not be consolatory train for a few weeks?

      Anywho I should put a warning that his is my opinion on the situation. Might now be right but it's how i see it. Others might not agree but…opps oh dang.

      JUNG JIHOON FREAKING FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • Well, April.

        Why should she have to keep her mouth shut? So what that she is dating Rain? There’s nothing wrong with adults dating.

        Seriously, there is something intrinsically wrong with Korea and their mindset about dating. And don’t even get me started on their military.

        Kim Tae Hee did nothing wrong. The people who are in the wrong are these insane netizens. THEY are the ones Rain’s Clouds should be rising up against.

        Terri :-}

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        • Well Im pretty sure I didnt say anything was wrong with dating. The fact of the matter is HOW she went about saying/making it public. Could there not have been a better way for this to be handled? No? Yes? I think yes.

          That is my point.

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          • Well, she couldn’t get in touch with him (because he’s in the military) and she was unsure of what to do. I’m sure there was a lot of pressure on her side as well.

            And I don’t know if there was a better way to handle it.

            Sigh.

            Terri :-}

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            • True…I guess dating the most finest man on this planet (other than miyavi and gd and gong yoo and won bin and others i cant think of at the moment) would have me all discombobulated too….Oh why “Why so fine?!”
              I just want the man to be happy…but folks dont want him to have it.

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        • And yes I’m upset with netizens too. It’s not like I’m sending hate mail to the woman. It’s whatever. But it’s really wrong that all this had to happen.

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      • I THINK I KNOW the girl i mention not said even i won’t we all now it !!
        oh man just saw the new about Rain not wearing wearing his beret while walking and Rain’s label apologizes for breaking military attire regulations
        o am afraid the number get worse .will be be disciplined or not.i don’t what to said 😦 post by Ratoka ) yet the interview state Kim TA Hee are very deep relationship with Rain oh boy is Rain very forgive coz he on a date ??

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  32. Fyi, I sent this link to netizenbuzz.blogspot.com, which is run by someone or someones who speak and translate Korean. They seem to be a site about getting to the truth of Kpop articles so we’ll see what happens. Hopefully you guys will get a translation before I do.

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    • Thanks!

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    • Well, Erika, thank you. Now, there’s an AP report saying that he’s going to be punished for riding in a private-owned car while on official duty and not wearing his beret while walking. It is an Associated Press report.

      Really? They couldn’t get him for anything else besides that? Wow. I don’t know about you all, but this screams “damage control” to me.

      Terri :-}

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      • Yeah, somebody decided that with all the backlash (real or imagined) they have to make an example of him in some way. An AP report huh? This situation has truly blown up to gargantuan proportions. With Mr. Politician involved, it’s getting real deep and at Rain’s expense. Just for going on a date. Wow man!

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        • And actually they weren’t even real dates. He just drove her car so they could talk while he went back to the army post.

          Just for driving and talking to your sweety. Apparently, you can be lynched in Korea for that.

          Terri :-}

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      • They just have it in for him, plain and simple! Dirty just dog dirty. God help me I could use some serious choice words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. Hi!

    I honestly have never been on this site ( what was I missing out on!? ) but always had a big respect for Rain and his terrific work ethic. Anyway I really admire and enjoy his performances and personality.

    Can I say that with the recent military scandal I am SO relieved to find your comments on Cloud USA! I had recently discovered the news on Allkpop and I enjoy looking through the forums and what not from time to time. Mostly its entertaining but my lord the comments after this incident! All the hate was very overwhelming.

    I’m glad those fans in support of Rain speak sanely. I was, initially, very disappointed with the news and it worried me a lot to see how it would affect him in the future. Mostly I was irked about how little some soldiers get to see their families and go on breaks versus celebrities- which as I read the comments, I did agree why that seems unfair ( However whether those were accurate on those forums… ehhhh ) . However I was surprised that some people reacted as if this was the first time something like this happened which it is definitely not.

    BTW I am certainly and in NO way all that knowledgable on korean military service. This may not have much to do with it… ah please don’t be mad!
    That was the one issue that bothered me and a lot of the previous comments provided on this page relieved a lot of my fear.

    Anyway just dropping in to say thanks! Stay Strong Clouds ❤

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Ella, and for your comment. We’re not mad.

      And yes, the hate currently being directed towards Rain is terribly alarming. This is a man who one day the Korean people called a “national treasure” and then the next they reviled. Their lack of loyalty is incredible to me.

      We certainly understand why some people would be frustrated that entertainment soldiers get more days off post than other soldiers. The problem is that is the nature of their job. They all signed up to be entertainers in the Army. They were allowed to do that. In fact, most of them were encouraged to do that, because not to do that would have been a waste of their amazing talent. I do believe, however, if Rain had known how much flack he was going to get for becoming an entertainment soldier, he would not have applied to the program. I don’t think he had any idea that the controversy would be so bad. We also know that he was allowed time off post for other important reasons that haven’t yet been shared with his fans. (They will be soon, after DEMA’s investigation has finished and they and the disciplinary committee make an official statement.)

      We also believe that all of the people who are trying to prove their arguments against Rain are 1) miscounting the days he has taken off by including days when he was simply doing his duty as a PR soldier, and 2) ignoring all of the news which include positive statements about Rain from DEMA (because frankly, they hope he crashes and burns). We have been informed that there is positive news out there that indicate Rain has been cleared of any wrongdoing, but that an thorough investigation is still in progress. We think DEMA is working on investigating these issues very thoroughly because they are very frustrated with all of this controversy. We’ve even heard DEMA representatives call what is going on with Rain a “witch hunt.”

      However, we are still waiting on the English translations of all of those reports. And on top of that, while there is an investigation going on, Rain can’t even speak up for himself. Why? Because he is not allowed to while an investigation is underway.

      Terri :-}

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      • Yes I think people forget that he is an entertainer and has to find a balance. Its a shame how how the hate is being flamed and all the positive facts ignored. I hope this clears over soon.

        Thanks! 🙂

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  34. I have to say I’m having a hard time believing this is all about his time off duty but more to do with him having a woman now. I first heard of this on Twitter and also saw many saying they’d be his anti fan until she’s gone! This is probably why the true facts are not being translated.

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    • Yeah, it’s funny. The same people who love to see him on weekly variety TV shows talking about the little girls he wants to have someday, have gone completely nuts. I’m like well how did you all Think he was gonna get these little girls?? Logic would say that a woman would have to be involved at some point for at least……..get this……wait for it……9 months. BAM! Still don’t think it’s possible for a man to do that just yet. Homo sapiens haven’t evolved to that degree yet. So….umm…..he’s being lynched……..why exactly?? For dating…..a woman??……Oooo. Yes, I’m being facetious right now, but you know what….there are no logical answers because this situation is without logic.

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      • Indeed, BiAlamode.

        It is completely insane. And we can’t get anyone to translate the “good” news into English. ANYWHERE. Don’t any of Cloud USA’s readers speak Korean? I’m so frustrated. There are articles out there in the Korean news Media that are being ignored, because they defend Rain. WHY?

        Terri :-}

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    • Lotus,

      That is what we suspect too. My only consolation in this is that the man had to know what he was in for when he decided to pursue Kim Tae Hee. I mean they wouldn’t like any woman he dated, for sure, but Kim Tae Hee is the ultimate of the ultimate, apparently.

      So, he had to have known that to pursue her meant his life was going to be hell for awhile.

      I just hope they can weather the storm.

      Terri :-}

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  35. beside Credit Bi Arashi’s @ FB
    just post this pic state Could I get some clarification on this? Some of those articles made note of Rain not wearing his hat in the paparazzi photo. As I understand it, the time period has been determined to have been when he was not on duty. Is it a violation to not be wearing the service cap/beret ONLY if you are on vacation time?

    Is it NOT a violation to not be wearing the service cap/beret when you are on duty?

    how they explain this then ?

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  36. ladies
    this update sound the same but ……….

    [News] K-Pop Star Rain Under Fire for Allegedly Breaking Military Rules

    South Korean pop star Rain is facing questions after paparazzi photos showed him out on the town with a top actress.Seoul’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday it is investigating whether Rain broke military rules by meeting actress Kim Tae-hee while on duty. Rain is fulfilling his compulsory army service as an entertainer for the military. He is not allowed to have private meetings while outside his Seoul base for official duties such as recording and performing. The ministry says a brief lockup in a military jail cannot be ruled out as a penalty. Kim’s agency admits that the two have dated for a month. Rain’s agency neither denies nor confirms it. Rain joined the military in October 2011 and is scheduled to be discharged in July.

    Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    Source: BillBoard

    are they rule rain i though this all clear why it keep spreading more and bad about Rain i am not to happy about new and media

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  37. Stephe or terrri
    WAS RAIN really took 62 vacation days in all. or i wrong myself ??
    i totally was 50 ??? O_O

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    • Kongsao,

      Honestly, no one knows what the real number is. The news media not only exaggerates ever detail of a story they almost always get their facts wrong. 62, 50, 92, 100. None of these numbers have been validated by anybody other than gossipmongers.

      Please ignore all of these crazy reports–especially any that come from allkpop. Sheesh.

      Terri :-}

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  38. Hey Terri n stephe as I wrote to you earlier from work Rain deserves A life people need to leave him alone

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  39. I just read this article and it’s getting nasty ): http://www.allkpop.com/2013/01/rain-revealed-to-have-taken-vacation-days-once-every-4-days-in-military People are starting to lose respect for him. I trust Rain but I’m seriously confused right now. Are they mad because he broke his promise in saying that he wanted to do his service like the rest of the non-famous soldiers? This is not good…

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    • ONE THINK I HAVE TO SAID !!!
      never goes to alkpop and read their ridiculous post & comment their THAT WHY I never step into that site they harsh on him and those fans are get DIRTY everything they post a new about Rain are are not TRUE fans of him esp Rain i an pisses of that site make all those sentence LOOK like he the one get do all this they never Respected in the beginning not just this new every new that again him the well get negative and bias of Rain they mad coz… they have no human feeling just like they are bias their artist as well ….he have put all this life in his work and for his country i would never believed such word Rain do such like this about KIm Tea Hee honestly i very like but she should not have said anything until she spoke to Rain on the best way to respond to these pics she make rain look suffering and this news is used to promote her next project. don’t u think so yet her Agency keep state they are dating but slow processing MATTER FACT this sound FAIR to Rain they both have at agreement about this but she took not have said anything until she spoke to Rain!!! the bottom line allkpop the ROSE site to read ever

      please note i just letting u know about how it was in Allkpop no offense here

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      • Yes. They are getting nasty. Saying they are losing respect for him when they probably didn’t even have respect for him in the first place. They are all just a bunch of haters disguised as disappointed fans imo. Comparing him to Hyun Bin and saying Rain isn’t a real man… I don’t know, there is something fishy about this. If he did do all that, taking too many breaks, why bring it up now? Why didn’t they stop him from doing that? They are trying to blame everything on him. Man. This is just too confusing. Rain is a very private man so what his gf’s agency did, conforming that they are indeed meeting, was wrong.

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      • i mean WORSE like a devil to be and yet they state say rain have 62 days vac. out of just about 12 months
        where DID that come from i an in 2 Month where did get that vacation OMG ridiculous what have him to this Neizens ppls to get treat like this i am not happy of this new and media and so on he WORLD-ENTERTAINMENT and now hat about Hyun Bim they drop Rain second world-star and Honor him no offense here i just state what i feel here

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        • 62 vacation days is too much. I don’t know. I could be totally wrong, but I have this feeling that it’s not real. Or maybe I’m being in denial. Somehow this feels like deja vu, lol.

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          • deja vu, LOL ahahhaahah on the new article say he have 62 vacation time off ”A South Korean senator has criticized the fact that celebrity’s serving out their military service often have too many vacation days. Rain has used 62 vacation days since his enlistment.
            i think he even get that much point beside KCM have and took more vacation then they did say anything to near other solider they way their a hater and boring peoples well try to destroy him

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            • Again, I will reiterate, that Rain would not have been allowed to leave his army post if his superiors hadn’t allowed it. He may have been allowed to take too much leave, but if he had a legitimate reason to request it and his superiors allowed him to leave, then the persons they should be investigating are Rain’s superiors, not Rain.

              Seriously. This is insane. And I’m done talking. I think I’m preaching to the choir anyway. I don’t believe there are any Rain bashers here, are there?

              Terri :-}

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              • Oh no no no. I seriously love, Rain. Just that I should have kept away from allkpop. My mistake. I apologize if I gave you the wrong impression. This whole mess has given me a headache. I don’t want Rain’s image to go downhill because of this. I hope he clears this out so people can move on.

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              • yes… let not took this to far let hope everything outcome clear and hopefully he turn be CLEAR …and i don’t to give bad impression to any these crazy new I AM SO DONE let wait on Rain side see what happen

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                • DEMA has already cleared Rain of any wrongdoing. We are trying to get someone to translate their statement now. But strangely, we can’t get anyone to translate the article out there that says he hasn’t done anything wrong.

                  But the articles in Korean that are crucifying him are being translated EVERYWHERE. And the article here: http://www.newspim.com/view.jsp?newsId=20130102000958, which indicates he has been CLEARED, NOBODY has picked up at all.

                  Actually, I think I have the wrong link. I will have to find it again. Okay, actually, I do have the right link. That is the link I was given. It is a news article that apparently quotes DEMA. As I can’t read Hangul, I don’t know what it says, exactly. Like I said, we’ve been trying to get someone to translate this all day.

                  Terri :-}

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              • Have to agree with you wholeheartedly there. His superiors approved his leave. For his sake I hope he kept copies of the signed off on leave as well. It’s what I do at my own job. It’s called C.Y.A.

                Also, I’m not putting to much stock in any of these Allkpop articles, especially the one about a day off every 4 days. That makes no sense just in general. What job have you ever been on in your life where you would be allowed to take a day off every 4 days. None, unless you your office has THE best flexible working hours Ever! I don’t know about that one. I’ll have to ask my resident military “expert.” *SMILES*

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                • LOL. No kidding. I mean seriously.

                  I absolutely know they are counting in these so-called “studies” every single moment he’s been off post, even to do official things like record Speeding Instinct, to practice for the Consolatory Train and traveling for the shows he’s done. They are considering it “vacation” because he has been allowed to stay off post. They are crucifying him.

                  It’s a lynchmob. It really is. It always happens. Whenever he reaches a milestone, whenever he hits some kind of success, someone starts something to bring him down.

                  This time it was discovered he was dating one of Korea’s national treasures. And that just would NOT do.

                  Terri :-}

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                  • Unless I’m mistaking JiHoon is also a national treasure? So shouldn’t they be excited that their together? I’m learning more about Psy also, he had to redo his military time twice now they want JiHoon to do the same? This is all a bunch of B***S***!!!!!!!

                    Hateful, hateful people. Realize he’s not your man! He’s a celebrity and he never was gonna be your man! Just please let this poor man live his life with your blessings! OMG! Has BiA said C-R-A-Z-Y!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                  • I know every country has its flaws, goodness knows our country does BUT what these anonymous lynch mobs do over in Korea to their celebs is a national Sickness. It’s like a virus that spreads. I mean what is supposed to be the end result of this lynch mob? I’d like to honestly ask one of these anonymous netizens who’s standing outside the proverbial front door holding the pitchfork, screaming obscenities, telling the Sheriff to send the prisoner out Now so he can get his comeuppance…..what is it you Actually want to see happen? Cause I tell you what SHOULD happen. Bi should tell Korea to kiss his Honey-colored round firm cheeks (although he has too much class to actually do that and he loves his country in spite of it all)…….but still. They really are making it easy for him to Want to do that.

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                    • BiAlamode,

                      I totally agree. If I were him, I would not stay in a country that hated ME so much. The minute I could, I’d be gone. Never to return.It’s disgusting.

                      I tell you something else. I was planning a trip to Korea this year. Now, I’m not. Nothing and no one could convince me to step one foot into that country now. I will simply have to wait for him to come to the U.S.A. and I will support him here.

                      Terri :-}

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                • When I read the title of that article I was like oh lord…. Seriously allkpop?? Noone gets days off every 4 days at any job. Then they had to of course explain it further in the article but I can’t stand their sensationalistic titles.

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  40. OMG this is total MADNESS!!! Thanks girls for that article that clears Rain of any wrongdoing! This gives me some peace! It would be awesome if this article is posted on Allkpop and Soompi cuz in their articles, people are cutting Rain to pieces!! People are confused and so mad at Rain! I couldn’t take the horrible comments people are posting there so I stoppped reading. I hope Rain can get out of this madness without any harm cuz this time is awful! Poor Kim Tae Hee, she must be really scared and Rain must be pissed as hell cuz this is his reputation. He literally bowed till his back almost broke and now his own country is asking for his head! Unbelievable!!

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    • I TAKE THAT BACK ……Poor Kim Tae Hee, she must be really scared and Rain must be pissed as hell cuz this is his reputation. i think she fishy as well t her Agency keep state they are dating but slow processing instead he should not have said anything until she spoke to Rain on the best way to respond this new the pic they paste regardless this is true or fake she let out make Rain who took all the blame and suffering SORRY i have to went back to article and read twice that what i notice she respond think so fast so fast like YES,… we are dating and we are … seriously why is she let Rain respond instead have her agency say that they both officially dating I DON’T they are in love and dating i would be happy but thinking about any girl related to it always issue to him i did say Kim Tea Hee bring bad luck but it sound do fishy of this now i am happy of this period on other hand even though Rain and her are actually dating how Rain feel of this they did not even have both agreement to respond this so fast who the one suffering RAIN IS
      marisa
      i just speak how i felt about this don’t took me wrong way and now i just have to wait what Rain well said on his Radio about this crazy new and all this

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  41. Wow…!!!..I just come back from getting over being food poison and I read that Jihoon is being investigated and his relationship with Kim Tae Hee….dang what a nice way to start the new year off…but… I’m happy that Terri and Stephe have cleared up everything and I agree with everyone on here. Yes Jihoon come to USA for a while and bring Kim Tae Hee with you that way you guys can have a good time without anyone bothering you.

    Jihoon I wish you all the best in whatever you do and will always support you no matter what…AJA AJA FIGHTING!

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  42. I wanted to say once again thanks to Stephe and Terri for keeping us informed of the facts. I don’t know what we’d do without you. Stephe, your editorial this morning was excellent and I had been waiting for it. Terri, thanks for posting that JJH had been cleared of any wrong doing. After reading that I actually felt like I could breath again. I don’t understand how, for a lousy buck, people can write such lies that can destroy a person’s reputation, and sometimes their lives. There has to be a special place in hell for people like this. I cannot imagine how this must make him feel..knowing his own countrymen are writing such horrible lies and comments about him. It has got to hurt deeply. Someone wrote earlier that they didn’t think Korea realized his worth. They don’t. This man has been one of the greatest ambassadors Korea has ever had. He didn’t just get the rest of Asia to take notice of Korea, but he got the whole world to take notice. I wish only the best for him and Tae Hee. Good grief, this man deserves to be happy.
    Thanks again,
    Liz

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  43. why can’t they just let him be

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    • ‘Cause they are horribly mean people.

      The reason we and his Clouds at home get so worried about ‘netizens’ and their ugliness towards Rain is if you give them enough room, they will destroy his life. They have done it multiple times to other stars already.

      The worse case I know of is with Tablo. Tablo (Daniel Lee), one of Epik High’s rappers, is a Korean-born Canadian, whose career was, for all practical purposes, totally destroyed by netizens in Korea all because of a RUMOR started by a jealous cousin. Tablo is an incredibly successful and gifted rapper, musician and composer. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing, respectively, from Stanford University, and he did it in three years.

      His cousin, who Tablo had never had a good relationship with and who was envious of his success, simply wondered outloud one day how Daniel had gotten two degrees from such a prestigious university in such a short amount of time–especially since Tablo had never really been a great student in the first place.

      Well. The netizens dug into that rumor and and they didn’t stop until Tablo’s life was totally and utterly DESTROYED. The best article about the fiasco that I ever read was written by a writer in Wired Magazine here: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/04/ff_koreanrapper/

      The people who protect Rain are aware of how dangerous these’netizens’ can be if they ever get a good foothold on someone. So, they are ever watchful of them. As we should be too.

      So, to answer your question again? Why can’t they just let him be? Because they don’t have to. They are anonymous creeps who frequent Internet cafe’s and have nothing better to do with their time than bash good people and destroy their lives.

      Can you tell they piss me off?

      Terri :-}

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      • You get really big b***s when you can hide anonymously behind a computer and no one knows who you are. Yeah.

        Stephe ^@@^

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      • Yeah, I can tell Terri.

        They (netizens) go on a witch hunt like They are on somebody’s payroll. Because it’s irrational to put so much time and energy into destroying someone without any real benefit for doing so.

        Ok, so you destroy a career and then what?? They won’t even come forward to “claim responsibility” for doing so. You would think they’d want to take credit for being so bold. Well, what goes around will come right back and bite you where it stings most. Netizens may take delight in destroying careers but the “cosmos” have a way of equalizing things. Here’s to hoping they get theirs!

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      • WOW, I just read that Wired magazine article Terri. Talk about mob mentality to the nth degree…Good Mercy! A man’s life was put into ruins because his cousin was in a word….jealous. He put the negative energy out there and the mob ran with it. What’s truly scary is how Easily the lie is believed and still believed by some even though it was proven false. I’m glad to see the young rapper was able to make a turn around. I’ll tell you what. I give him credit. There is no way in hell I would have stayed there, at least I don’t think I would have. As much as change unnerves a bit, I would have said “family we are outta here.” That craziness made me “shake” just reading about what happened to that young man.

        The truly Bizarre part is it’s just entertainment, that’s all. If you don’t like somebody’s movies/music/reputation……just don’t buy it or go to see it or support their career on any monetary level. Simple.

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  44. The report from the Department of Defense is quoted to state that ordinary soldiers have 32 days of vacation and a maximum of 50 days of break.

    And all soldiers are in a position to earn extra days that their troop mates don’t, as far as I know.

    Stephe ^@@^

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  45. Just a question. How can he “earn” 62 days while even the best regular soldiers are only entitled to have 10 maximum?

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    • Teemeah,

      Soldiers earn points for everything. They earn points for doing a damned good job cleaning their room, for shooting a rifle better than everyone else, for doing a good job doing all of the duties they are assigned.

      They also get points for performing in shows and for doing extra “ambassador” duties for the military. (Which Rain IS, by the way and not everyone gets those kind of points.)

      Just like every other soldier in the Army, if Rain was not authorized leave, he would not take it. Period. He wouldn’t be able to. All leaves of absences (I.e., vacations from service) are required to be approved by a soldier’s superior. They have to sign out and sign in whenever they come and go. They get “passes” to leave the army post, and if the reason for their pass doesn’t make sense, then it gets revoked.

      So, it doesn’t make any real sense to say that Rain is taking unauthorized or improper leave, because that just doesn’t happen. If it does, then the soldier is considered to be AWOL (absent without leave) and when that happens, the military police will put out an APB (all points bulletin) on your @ss, and try to locate you. And when they find you, they will haul your @ss back to the army post and throw you in the slammer. And there you will stay until they can figure out what to do with you.

      Rain was off post so much mainly because he has to practice for shows, record his radio show and travel for all of those damned Consolatory Train shows. Some overnight trips were involved when Rain performed in the Consolatory Train if the performances were in remote locations–which meant he had to stay in a hotel offpost those nights.

      He performed in those shows for his fellow soldiers. He performed for I-don’t-know-how-many months almost every single day (sometimes even TWICE a day). Interestingly, his fellow soldiers seemed to thoroughly enjoy his presence and they aren’t the ones complaining. I’ve even seen some soldiers complain that the news targeting Rain isn’t fair, that the rules have relaxed somewhat and that many soldiers had been getting more days off than they used to. One guy even said that he had had 52 days off himself, and he didn’t understand what the big deal was.

      The main problem is National Assembly member Lee Suk Hyun, of Korea’s Democratic United Party, who has issues with the PR Support Team that Rain is part of. Lee Suk Hyun has been critical of the PR Division many times in the past, because he believes that it’s unnecessary, irrelevant and a waste of money.

      In October 2012, he released a “study” (and I use the term very loosely) of public military records that showed a count of Rain’s (and others’) vacation days and overnight leaves during his time of service. This “study” indicated that throughout his current service, Rain has taken a total of 62 vacation days in all. (See: http://www.mtviggy.com/blog-posts/rain-under-fire-for-special-military-treatment/) This study was published to discredit the PR Division, not to target Rain specifically.

      Let me reiterate. Rain has not done anything wrong.

      And Mr. Lee Suk Hyun is a POLITICIAN. That right there should tell you EXACTLY what the problem is.

      Terri :-}

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  46. […] [editorial] Business as usual: Rain under fire by the Media and his countrymen for going on a date.. […]

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  47. seriously they’re going to investigate all 60 or so times he’s been off base though according to Kim Tae Hee’s agency, report that he dating with officially said this TRUE i could believed any of this to matter of Rain himself is WORLD-STAR should known better that he can’t dating and have that cell phone period remember the fan account state saw Rain new Galaxies phone they even brought that issue on Rain that he CLAIMING HER on that day while he in restaurant I COULD believe they have no life and trying RULE down somebody are give him bad popularity
    matter fact i hat those netizens/fanatical “fans” are just straight up C-R-A-Z-Y!!! right they just bias him and u know how crazy this when come to new like they esp S.Korean they never see how hard-worker rain work and did for their country the fact in front him they even get his ass more
    gosh i just don’t understand why they do this to Rain i hate to GIVE the man a break Rain have A right TO LOVE ANYBODY WOMEN BUT THEY WON’T ALLOW HIM !!
    i would be happy for Rain have found perfect women like Kim TEa Hee but these citizen just off topic

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  48. #IsupportYouRain♥

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  49. You know what, these “netizens/fanatical “fans” are just straight up C-R-A-Z-Y!!!! For real!!

    There is not one Ounce of rationality in that country when it comes to celebrity IMO. It can get pretty crazy over here too no doubt about it, but damn for the most part level heads prevail or the law will knock you on top of your head and bounce your @ss back into rationality. Yeah, yeah, yeah I get that there are cultural differences, but being rational doesn’t belong to just one country or one culture of people. Rational means the same thing around the world or at least it should.

    Bottom line, this is the “fuel” that will give Bi the power to be on the next train, plane, boat coming to the U.S. and say to Korea……”Buh-bye!” I have given you all my life’s blood now I can cut the tie without any more obligations held over my head and no regrets. It’s called “cutting the apron strings”, “clean break”, “fresh start” and my personal favorite……”getting the hell outta Dodge.”

    As far as the relationship part goes, that’s the craziest part of all. Asia is a continent with BILLIONS of people on it. Anybody wanna guess how the hell all those billions came into being? I only recall one Virgin Mary throughout history. So people really this roasting a man at the stake for going some damned dates is RIDICULOUS….truly and just makes no sense.

    Yes, if I was him….I’d be SO gone and except for taking care of Daddy Jung and Hanna, Korea would see the back of my…..umm….back side!

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  50. Clouds,

    We just got word that DEMA has cleared Rain of any wrongdoing. The link to the Hangul article is here: http://www.newspim.com/view.jsp?newsId=20130102000958. If anyone can translate this article from Hangul to English, we would GREATLY appreciate it.

    But basically, they are saying that their “investigation” did not reveal any violations on Rain’s part that required disiplinary action.

    Thank goodness for level heads.

    Terri :-}

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    • I have been waiting for this! Finally. Hopefully someone translates this soon. Hard evidence to make those who bashed Rain with silly assumptions eat their nasty words ):

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    • aahh thanks Stephe and Terri, your blog is the one place I can go to for the real truth about Rain news. We over here in the U.S. do not get the hype over whatever Rain is doing on his leaves from the service. I’m sure he tho wouldnt do anything agaisnt the rules. That just isn’t our Rain. Now I REALLY can’t wait untill July. Baby needs to get that over with and then do what he realy wants to do; record those songs he has running around in his head all the time. I know fans will want him to rest after he is released but knowing Rain he will want to go directly to the studio and record a album. He wants to show how much his fans mean to him.

      gaaa I feel so much better after coming here to read this you guys…thanks so much..

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      • Patrice,

        I’m glad Stephe’s post made you feel better. And it is really nice to see that Rain has such loving fans here.

        I tell you if all this attention hurts Rain’s and Tae-hee’s budding romance, I’m gonna hurt somebody. Grrrr.

        Terri :-}

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    • Terrri
      i just read that new too thank good they clear about that but it ongoing for investigation on for the HOLIDAY LEAVE hopefully their deviance state rain holiday was clear what so ever it was he doing

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      • Kongsao,

        We have not been informed of any ongoing investigation where Rain is concerned. There is an ongoing investigation regarding the leave policy, but I haven’t heard anything about any other investigations involving Rain.

        All the DEMA representative said was that their investigation of Rain’s activities that everyone is complaining about did not reveal any violations and they cleared him and said he did nothing wrong.

        If we do hear of any additional issues, we will certainly let everyone know.

        Terri :-}

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        • yes terri u RIGHT sorry about my comment it state he clear There is an ongoing investigation regarding the leave policy and DEMA already clear about he doing nothing wrong i have no idea i post i might read on site or some LOL ….

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    • Thanks Terri and Stephe!

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  51. Well bad gossip never takes a holiday does it?

    I had read this article on another site and at the time when I read it there there were no confirmations of any sort. However now…..thanks to Cloud USA…..that there has been confirmation and Rain is indeed dating Kim Tae Hee…..then good for him…well for them both actually. Some of the comments I read on this other website were just dreadful. Rain deserves to be happy, why burn him at the stake and treat him like he needs to be forever alone? I hope this doesn’t discourage them to keep moving forward in this relationship…..it’s just barely beginning and it’s already being tarnished. Who knows, she might be his future wife and baby mama. 😀

    Also correct me if I am wrong but why all the hate about Rain and his military duties, has he not been fulfilling his role and making South Korea proud? It’s just nonsense…. it really is.

    Anyhow best of luck to Rain and his leading lady. 🙂

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  52. I trust rain. I’m sure the times he met up with Kim Tae Hee where on holidays and not when he was supposed to be on duty. He works his butt off like any other Korean solider and earns his holidays with promotion I believe. The thing of leaving sixty times is a bit exaggerated IMO but since he does perform a lot he has to rehearse. Also he has a radio program to host with another fellow solider. He’s a hard worker and he has been praised because of this- why are people forgetting this?

    The problem isn’t the leaves the problem is that people are ASSUMING that while he was on duty and not holidays he met up with Kim Tae Hee thus why they are investigating him. Compared to MC Boom and Shinhwa’s Andy (I think) who left more than 100 times, Rain’s supposedly 60 times of leaving is not a lot and he’s getting judged by that. I think it’s impossible for a famous person to not get special treatment and since Rain is a big star it’s no question. I don’t think is naive to think that maybe someone is out to get him since he is meeting up with Korea’s sweetheart, right?

    I have a question Rain is… What kind of solider? Is he doing the hard work like the rest of the non famous soldiers or is he just doing office duty like most celebrities do? I’m sorry if I’m mistaken but I don’t have this cleared

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    • 카를라 로뻬스-ssi ❤

      Thank you for your comment. We agree with you. We also trust Rain to do the right thing, and we are sure that his meetings with Kim Tae Hee were done on his off-duty time.

      Terri :-}

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    • “I think it’s impossible for a famous person to not get special treatment”. Hyun Bin still managed pretty well to do that…

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      • True. And LeeTeuk was given special exemption to make a surprise appearance at the SBS Awards to accept his entertainment award on stage with Super Junior the other day, though he’s only fresh out of boot camp, when Rain was’t allowed to make the one trip to his own movie’s premiere with his cast mates, a movie that the military actually participated in…

        Individual to individual, no one’s duties will ever be served exactly like anyone else’s, that’s for sure…

        Stephe ^@@^

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    • Rain does hard work like everybody else. Most of them do. He digs ditches, goes on every 3K run, freezes on guard duty and overnight hikes, scrubs floors, has equipment classes, learns field combat, etc. (in addition to hosting the radio show and traveling all over to boost morale.) He chose not to sit in an office. Ordinary soldiers have pretty much attested to this in their letters home to their families.

      Stephe ^@@^

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  53. Good grief. He is human, why are they doing this to him? He deserves more. But if you really think about it (in a crappy way) it does keep him in the spotlight–bad one but in it anyway. He can take it. Those folks are so ridiculous the man needs a life, are they just suffering from the green eyed monster? He is still my #1. Go Rain!!!!!!!!!!

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  54. I always find it interesting that people … aka Fans think it’s a bad thing that their celebrities are looking for love (in all the wrong places …. sorry couldn’t resist 😉 ) Once again he seems to be property and as such can not have a life of his own only available for their entertainment.

    I understand it’s part of the fantasy to hope that one day your eye would meet across a room (or stage) and it would be love at first sight and happily ever after. Yadda yadda yadda But REALLY how likely it to happen, even to the ladies that actually live in Korea. Can’t say I didn’t have a little pang of sadness myself BUT I also am delighted that he is in “like” with someone and she seems to be very cute and hopefully if all goes well they will have a long happy life together and make many many little girls for Rain. (but a Rain Jr. would be nice too).

    My best wishes to Jung JiHoon and Kim TaeHee, if this is meant to be I send my 100% Cloud support.

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  55. Seriously!!!!!i just hope she is strong enough to deal with this media craziness and doesn’t decide to dump poor rain due to all bull*****it they are talking about him. The man deserves to have a girlfriend. Give him a break!!!!

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  56. Stephe, Really great article.

    It must be that when one has such a high celebrity status that a private life is really out of the question. Very high prize to pay. Rain has probably been down this road before with media frenzy over his love life and he knows exactly how to handle this.

    I for one am extremely happy for him and I can see why she is considered to be the most beautiful actress because she is so this makes for one beautiful couple like others have said.

    About military leave, my first thought is someone has had to approve these leaves and he probably earned them fair and square.

    Wish them both nothing but happiness as their relationship blossoms and hopefully this frenzy will die down now that it is out in the open and not have media lurking in the bushes at every sight of them (probably no such luck!)
    Toni

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  57. These people are crazy!!!!!!!!!!! I have not been able to keep up with everything that has been going on with Rain. But to read this article just breaks my heart. Come on people get a life. I mean he is not in jail, he is serving in the military. He has the right to date just like anyone else. I happen to think that actress is real pretty so great choice Rain!!! I hope he is dating her and things work out. He deserves to have a love life just like anyone else. People need to leave him alone. I was wondering why he was not wearing his street clothes anymore while performing. I now know why because people probably was complaining he was getting special treatment. Rain is working his but off completing his military duty just like the next person. Leave him along. I cannot wait until he is discharged. Hurry up July 10th!!!!!!!

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  58. “The way Rain himself is continuously drawn and quartered by his countrymen at every opportunity regardless of his exemplary military service, double duties, successes in bringing the world to South Korea’s door, and fighting various medical conditions, is heartbreaking to watch and impossible to understand.”

    DAMN IT PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Sometimes I start to think that South Korea doesn’t know his worth ..He represents his country so good more than anyone else.He is a world star..but they don’t give him the credit he deserves.Rain is a hardworking guy and doesn’t deserve these kind of treatment.

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  59. As far as I’m concerned if he’s happy I love it. Just wish people would let the man have a love life and respect his privacy.
    However I know that’s impossible, but maybe that’s why he said he was taking 6 months off? And in the states? Atleast he’ll get complete space and privacy since he’s not yet as well known here.

    Good luck JiHoon! I wish you all happiness….. 🙂

    Side note no more babe or baby, it wouldn’t be respectful to his lady. 🙂

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    • @Lotus,

      Bingo!……as I said this is the “fuel” he can use to leave a country that has a love/hate relationship with him. His die hard fans/netizens would have a coronary anyway (that much is obvious) whenever he decided to leave for the U.S. So hey, with the “controversy party” underway and the soon to come “Rain/Tae Hee media stakeouts” intensifying (as they surely will) in the coming months, what better excuse could you have to completely separate yourself from that hostile situation?

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