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Eli's parents share how they felt when they found out about Eli's marriage with girlfriend 11 years his senior

By yckim124   Wednesday, March 15, 2017   103,530   2,800   51
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U-KISS Eli's parents opened up about their son's marriage.


On the March 15 airing of 'Mr. House Husband', Eli and his wife visited his parents' house in the United States for the first time since they officially got married. 


SEE ALSO: U-KISS' Eli and wife Ji Yeon Soo to hold wedding ceremony in June after 3 years of marriage


The family spent quality time together and also engaged in sincere conversations. During dinner, Eli carefully commented, "My parents must've been very upset because I went on and registered for marriage without them knowing." 


His mother responded, "I was upset but what can I do? I have to respect my son's decision." Eli's father also stated, "Yeah, we were upset. I even said that I will only see my son and not Yeon Soo (Eli's wife)." 


However, Eli's father revealed that his mind changed after a phone call. He explained, "But I remember it was when you were in Japan for a concert. I was talking on the phone with you and I said, 'Son, you know I love you, right?' and you said, 'Dad, I love Yeon Soo'. Then I felt like we can end up facing a situation where we no longer see each other, and I couldn't let that happen."


During the interview, Eli's father further explained, "It felt like the sky was crashing down. At first, I didn't really know who she was." 


Eli's mother shed tears and revealed, "My son told me ahead of time before the news officially broke out. I didn't know what to do. I couldn't eat for a week. I was against it because of the age difference but I couldn't just keep rejecting. After I accepted, my daughter-in-law seemed very beautiful. She's very nice."


Back in 2015, Eli surprised many with his sudden marriage news with girlfriend 11 years his senior. 




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    ElajzaBG Friday, March 17, 2017

    He met a girl - dated her - she got pregnant - they get married - had a fuss in media - had tv show - oh look, his parents finally has a chance to meet her. Something is really wrong here.

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    insummer Thursday, March 16, 2017

    I know Eli faced a lot of opposition for his marriage, but I feel like he completely ignore and being inconsiderate for those around him. He should be glad that his parents didn't disown him because he is gonna turn to them for some help in the future. He should be grateful to UKISS members for not kicking him out of the group too.

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    sunbaeUmf Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    it must be hard for them, im an older sister, and i felt upset if my young bro brought his girlfriend to my house too. it maybe feel the same, but they got worst than me

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    voidending Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Why is age difference even an issue? There's nothing it has that can hinder a relationship. lol

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    pink_oracle voidending Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    I think it's more about the two totally different stages in life he and his wife were in. He was 23 and in a busy career. In this day and age that's a rather young age to get married. But he announced he got married and was expecting a baby. To the public it seemed like they were rushing a lot. People wondered if it was fair for his wife, who was 34, to have lead him down a path of such responsibility.

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    voidending pink_oracle Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    You don't get married at a certain age, too young or too old, you get married when you think you're ready and no one is 100% ready for anything. Doesn't matter what stage you are in life, what matters is how you two feel connected.

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    xxlucklylu voidending Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Maybe it's cause they've never met her and he got marry without telling them.

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    voidending xxlucklylu Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    It might be that, unfamiliarity creates suspicion.

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    pink_oracle voidending Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Maybe that works out in LalaLand but in the real world making a huge life commitment like marriage is something responsible people plan.

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    voidending pink_oracle Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Exactly, that's why there's no age requirement. Only when you think you can manage it.

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    pink_oracle voidending Thursday, March 16, 2017

    No one under the age of 20 should get married in my opinion. In fact anyone still in education should not be getting married. A person needs to be ready for adulthood before they even consider such a big commitment.

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    voidending pink_oracle Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Lol, of course under right legalities. In this case, both are adults.

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    pink_oracle voidending Friday, March 17, 2017

    Here in the UK you can get married at 16. It needs to be changed, no 16 year old kid is ready for marriage. I don't feel anyone in their teens is.

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    voidending pink_oracle Friday, March 17, 2017

    And that's where the line is. 16 is definitely too young but I will not always judge someone by their age, I've met lots of people in their late 20s to early 30s who are not even as mature as the people I know in their early 20s. Age never defines maturity. In this case, age difference between adults holds no hindrance on a relationship.

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    pink_oracle voidending Saturday, March 18, 2017

    It's not just about the individuals maturity though. A person in their late teens/early 20's should be studying or gaining life experience. But if they marry someone in their early 30's that person will be looking to start making serious choices regarding a home and family. I just really don't like the idea of young people feeling pushed into settling down and missing out on opportunities for self-discovery.

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    voidending pink_oracle Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Can't say for sure, I met an 18yo japanese guy through a language exchange program and that kid thinks like a 30 yr old, business mindset and all. Exactly as I said, people get married when THEY.THINK. they are ready, when WE look at them we think they are not ready from OUR point of view, we don't think from their point of view, they think they are ready and that's something WE don't control. They will encounter a different self-discovery through early marriage and that will be their life experience. Some people just want to get married early and we can't do anything about it.

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    galaxyifan Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    I agree that parents shouldn't control their kids' love life, but they're still parents, if your son comes up with a girl your don't even know and suddenly says he'll marry her (and marrying someone is a very important decision) I think you wouldn't be too happy about it either. At least they respected the decision (with that being said, I'd be very upset if I told my son I loved him and he answered me by saying that he loved his girlfriend, a girl I don't even know). Anyway, at least everyone seems happy now.

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    Bang_lollipop galaxyifan Thursday, March 16, 2017

    I think he answered that he love her cuz he had a feeling or knew what his dad was going to say.

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    changminbaby Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    parents should not get involved about love, i mean its his life and his happiness so to refuse is not nice and it make the son and his wife suffer, but  telling his parents about the marriage late is also not good i think maybe the reason is that he was afraid they will refuse her

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    Mystica Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Although I am not fan of huge-age-gab marriage, but I believe a parent should not interrupt their children's decisions! If they were understanding, he would have told them earlier!

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    hiroonakamura Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    how do you get married without even telling your parents about it though? how did he expect them to react after that... Btw, how old is the wife?

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    adihays hiroonakamura Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    I think eli now 23 or 25..so, his wife is 11 yrs senior...just add in..hahaha

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    pink_oracle adihays Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    He just turned 26. Depending on when her birthday is she's either 36 or 37 I guess.

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    adihays pink_oracle Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Thank you for clarrifying..what is the more shocking for me is that his parents are both korean..haha..i toght one of them is caucasian..

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    ougekitchi Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    the article makes it sound like the parents didn't even meet the girl before they got married? :/that would be shocking for the parents if that is the case...

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    junxxmin Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    I really like Eli and I think he's an okay dude and I honestly don't know what I would do in his shoes, but I think this was a mistake on his part. His parents must have felt pretty betrayed, especially because approval of the parents before marriage is such an important and very official step in south korea. The fact that he suddenly went ahead and filed the marriage seems a little rushed and that might have made his parents more skeptical about the whole relationship. I'm super glad that they're so loving and accepting though and it just shows that a healthy family can't be broken that easily... I'm glad they all got back together and became an accepting family, I think it's parenting done right.

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