On August 15, Ryu Joon Yeol and Girls' Day's Hyeri from 'Reply 1988' confirmed they have become real-life lovers. Many netizens congratulated the new celebrity couple, however, some - especially the fans of Ryu Joon Yeol - reacted with negativity.
Fans expressing their wish to cancel their tickets to Ryu Joon Yeol's fan meeting in September significantly increased. On the 'Ryu Joon Yeol Gallery' of an online community, fans commented, "I'm thinking about canceling my ticket TT", "Anyone wants to buy my ticket? Because I'm going to cancel them", "I'm seriously thinking about canceling my tickets lol What is up with this situation."
On the other hand, there are fans who are still showing support for the actor despite his dating news and actually encouraged the haters to cancel their tickets. Comments stated, "Don't go if you're going to hate. Just cancel it so others can go instead", "Please cancel it so I can go", "Please cancel ^^ There are some true fans who can't go because of you."
Meanwhile, netizens commented, ''He can date if he wants", "You're not a true fan", "I kind of understand the fans' feelings..."