K-pop idol G-Dragon is going out with Japanese fashion model Kiko Mizuhara, Japanese media reported on Saturday.
The 21-year-old G-Dragon (real name Kwon Ji-yong), a member of the music group Big Bang, is dating Mizuhara, who is now the exclusive model for the Japanese fashion magazine "ViVi," Sankei Sports said, citing multiple sources.
Mizuhara, who got embroiled in the scandal with the top Korean idol, was born in 1990 to an American father and Korean mother, and raised in Kobe. She's fluent in Korean, English, and Japanese.
Sankei said G-Dragon, who made a debut in Japan in June last year, is having a "serious relationship" with Mizuhara. "The romance about a Korean music group leader was revealed for the first time," it reported.
Their relationship began shortly after G-Dragon began his activities in Japan last year, and he is maintaining a "shuttle date" routine between Korea and Japan, juggling his busy schedule.
Mizuhara often visited Big Bang's dressing room at concert venues, and other group members also have friendly relations with her.
"Mizuhara's model colleagues also know that the two are dating," Sankei said.
Meanwhile, YG Entertainment, an agency for G-Dragon, said on Sunday it's true that G-Dragon and Mizuhara are good friends, but their relationship is not serious romance.