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Some asks “Why are Jihyo & Gary not dating in real life?”

Hello everyone!

My recent article “Why is Monday couple so popular among Running Man fans?” has gained a lot of attention which i did not expect, so thank you. But more than anything, it made me realize how once again very popular Running Man and the members are, around the world.

Anyway, the idea of writing the post you’re reading right now, about this particular subject (referring to the title “Why is Monday couple not dating in real life (yet)?) is completely unexpected and random, as i had no taught of laying out my opinions or write an article concerning that particular subject.

But then after watching episode 139 of Running Man with excitement, i feel am in the right mood to write.

Monday couple.

Even though i like Monday couple, i have never gone as far as wanting them together in real life, as their interactions have always been sufficient for me ..but

” Why is Monday couple not dating already?” “Date already!” “Gary likes her,why is Jihyo oblivious to see that?” are among the most common lines one would hear among other “Runners” especially among Monday couple fans.

I’m passionate about finding answers to questions or issues people want to know about, investigating the truth about a particular matter.
Somehow,I’m a very logical person, accepting the truth even if it means hurting my “fangirling” mind on the other side of my skull.

Today,i have decided to transform my thoughts into words but at the same time also give space for the readers to form their own judgments on the subject.

Monday couple “Why are they not dating already?” The obvious answer would be “Because Jihyo has got a boyfriend” but i would answer this question in such a way one would understand, particularly if they are Running Man viewers.


For a relationship to develop, a person has got to spend quality time with the person they like, talking while no one is around and trying to get know the person on a personal level. With no public or eyes around you, just simplicity.Her/him and you, eyes to eyes.~

For Jihyo and Gary’s case they have not had any romantic development outside of Running Man. (PS: unless they secretly dated with no cameras around and nobody knows about it)
To build a relationship with someone, one can’t only rely on seeing that person once or twice a week on a show with tens of cameras, because this is NO real foundation for a real relationship.
If one day Gary and Jihyo became a real couple and the announcement came on TV, you should not believe it happened all on Running man, no, they talked behind the scenes, called each other and became close ,they made time for each other outside of the show to build a real foundation.
For e.g if there is a couple in your work place. It did not happen overnight: they had to talk outside of work to try to get to know each other, they therefore became close and then their relationship became public for everyone to see.
Therefore i believe one of the reasons why Jihyo & Gary despite their Monday couple characters, are not dating in real life like some may want is because no real move has been made outside of the show.
But of course, after filming Running for more than two years as members, it is very likely they have met behind the scenes among the running man members.
Jihyo & Gary might have been on the phone outside of Running Man, but what am saying is, were they rather talking as friends, leaving their Monday couple status and teasing in Running Man’s location?


What about Song Jihyo?

I believe a person could never date someone while being in love with someone else or being attached to someone.
Song jihyo has dated, in fact is currently dating someone outside of Running Man while being known as the Monday girlfriend. I believe she wouldn’t have being able to do so if she felt she was in a real relationship with Gary.

When Gary gives her compliments, among the numerous compliments she received from him on Running Man, the reason why Jihyo does not take it to heart, is it because she sees it as a show he puts on for Running Man, therefore she tries not to waver?
As a female, If a man gives you compliments in front of others and people ship you two, but as soon as you’re off work, school that person doesn’t come near you, would you believe the guy and his words? Won’t you try to not take his words too much at heart next time he gives you compliments?

I once saw a tweet that says “Gary got dumped by Jihyo, Gary & Jihyo broke up!!!” It made me think for a moment…”Are people taking it too far or not?”


But first, let me ask you: [Question] Have you ever had a crush on someone? You really loved how they looked, their smell, their presence …but if a friend asked you “Would you die for them? Do you love them with all your heart” You’d say No or maybe just laugh at their faces ” bwaHahahaha, He’s my crush,it doesn’t mean i Looveeeeee him ,gosh”.

Just.. a crush.

Is this imagery similar with Gary’s situation?: After Jihyo’s relationship announcement came up, a lot of running man fans felt sorry for Gary and through his twitter page showed their encouragement ,
Gary replied to the tweets ““Did we work this hard on the sketch from the start…? I will work harder now, knowing that there are people out there who care about me enough to tell me to be strong, but no need for that anymore!! There is nothing that I need to be strong about… there are other people out there who are struggling for real… my biggest struggle is finding myself haha.”

He later wrote, “Why do I have to listen to people telling me that they are sorry, when they don’t need to be and I don’t need to hear it…?”

[Imagine] Your friend asks if you would ever want to date your crush, you respond “No”.
But it is not a “No” in the sense that you don’t like her/him but a “No” because you believe you have no chance getting their attentions or you might even think you wont be good enough for them, they’re too good for you , therefore you never make the move, not wanting to make a fool of yourself?

Is it similar with Gary’ situation, this time?: Gary in 2011 had a twitter interview while being fully on mode being the “Monday boyfriend”, when the question ““You and Song Ji Hyo are a ‘couple’ on ‘Running Man’. What are the odds of the two of you actually dating?” he responded by ” “Ji Hyo is a really laid back, sweet & cute dongseng of mine, as well as a good colleague. Someone like myself that lives with no boundaries and with a tendency to mess up from time to time probably isn’t a good fit for her, haha. I think she needs to find someone better than me.”


The reason of this post was to give a clearer & simple idea about what are some possible reasons why Song jihyo and Gary aren’t dating in real life as some may have wished for.
But no one can read someone’s mind unless you are them. You never know what could, have, might happen, happened behind the scenes , or even what could happen in the future.
Thus the reason why i added a “(yet)”.

In my opinion Gary’s other half should be a girl that:
1) like the word “STRESS” 2) Likes coffee 3) likes wearing caps!

For Song Jihyo, her perfect other half should be :
1) A man who Is stronger than her 2) gives her compliments 3) makes her laugh.

Monday couple happened naturally on Running Man but whether they do date in real life or not as some want, shouldn’t be our focus as one can’t fight against destiny and fate, therefore we should support the decisions they make no matter what 🙂

The foundation of every relationship even between boyfriend-girlfriend is friendship. Once you have that, you have everything!
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Leave comments below 🙂


21 thoughts on “Some asks “Why are Jihyo & Gary not dating in real life?”

  1. AGREE!! i do want them to be real couple but its their own choice and fully based on their destiny. if gary and ji hyo really meant for each other they will dated each other from beginning.i love their variety interaction 🙂

  2. I like Lee Kwang Soo and Song Ji Hyo Couple more… LOL.. LKS genuinely and truly cares for Jihyo, he’s a step quicker on helping JiHyo(or any guest whether it’s a male or female) than Gary.. I see only Gary looking at or laughing at someone whenever they got tripped, fell,etc,. but it was Kwang Soo who really help people with thoughts of nothing in return
    (you always see LKS helping people even if the camera doesn’t focus on him).. and seriously LKS and SJH are not awkward to each other.. and whenever SJH is with LKS, we all can see that she really is Happy with him (he makes her laugh on and off the screen of Running Man) that’s why I want them to have a Movie or TV Drama together as the Lead Roles (Lead Couple)…
    but I think SJH is still in a relationship with her CEO, so whatever makes JiHyo Happy, we’ll support her and stand by her side, I’m a 100% forever fan of JiHyo (the monday Girlfriend ONLY!), and I don’t like Gary for her.. anyway.. LKS ❤ SJH daebak! Noona-Dongsaeng 4ever!!

  3. Reblogged this on Brainism and commented:
    Wow I found this one really good thought, very open minded. And this will answer all the question about Gary and Jihyo.
    But if they turn into a real couple someday, it would be good though. Naaah, just kidding. (Jae suk hyung’s style)

  4. Yeah that’s true,but they have met outside of running man too. She recently went to his concert and he even put her on the stage while performing.

    1. Such a great point! I’ve seen that too, but let me think. Song jihyo in the past has visited some of her friends in the business i remember to show them support, not only Gary, and obviously MC being so popular it was great Jihyo thought of coming to Leesang concerts, but does it insinuate that there is “something” going on between them? We can’t be too sure about that.
      But i understand where you’re coming from though 🙂

      1. Gary said before that if they he and jihyo date and if they break up , it would be really awkward to be in running man . and eventually one of them have to leave running man. so that’s why. i really ship them but i guess this post is really right.

  5. I 100% agree with you! I ship monday couple, yes, but they have their own life off screen so expecting them to be a real couple based on a show only is kinda irrational (Even though i do wish them to be a real couple, but daily dose of monday couple on rm is quite okay with me ><). It made me sad when i hear my friend said that he would probably hate Gary so much if gary was not really in love, sweet and all romantic towards jihyo in real life. 😥
    Jihyo is an awesome woman and Gary is an amazing man, i dont like the idea they have haters just because of something like that

  6. yeah!!i totally agree with you. If Garry is really in love with Ji Hyo, he supposes to date her early before she meets the ceo. We can’t change the destiny. By the way, your points is clear enough and very reasonable.

  7. i like monday couple but to think logically, maybe they were together just for rating of the show… all ppl like a thing about love… so maybe thats why Monday Couple has been made! but in real life they were just friend and the chemistry between Gary and Ji Hyo only for friend. Coz i had a friend which close like couple but they just friend and now they were married others.. I think Gary and Ji Hyo were like that…. we just happy for them as they made us happy in RM. Cheers~

  8. I think jihyo and gary can’t date, cuz the public will notice them. Jihyo really doesn’t like that. Or when they’re already date, they’re will awkward when shooting running man.
    But i don’t know what happen this year. And hope when they already date, they doesn’t out from running man 🙂

  9. Love your writting.. wanna make a request.. can i? Can u write up ur idea about spartace couple.. dont get me wrong dear.. just love your logical idea about all this variety stuff.. tq..

  10. Thank you for write this entry, and I agree what you said. Sometimes I don’t know why both of them not couple in real life. Now I understand and we need to accept what decision they make. I am just happy for them either in Running Man or real life. I can see in them is friendship only and not a serious relationship. 😀

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