On the July 18th broadcast of 'Kim Seung Woo and Jang Hang Joon's Mister Radio', Kim Jong Kook featured as a special DJ in place of DJ Kim Seung Woo, and one listener asked about his relationship with Hong Jin Young. The 'Running Man' cast member responded, "A lot of people are taking interest and asking, but that doesn't mean it's going to happen right now."
He continued, "To be honest, Hong Jin Young is a bright person with a very good personality. She's very pretty, and I like her. However, she's the kind of person who's good to everyone. That's why a lot of people misunderstand. There was a love line, so she tried her best to match with me."
When Kim Jong Kook was pressed about whether he had some interest in the singer, he said, "I couldn't act like that towards someone I hated."