|Kim Gun-mo, second from right, with his wife Jang Ji-yeon and her parents. Yonhap|
By Park Si-soo
Singer Kim Gun-mo gets along with his wife and their honeymoon is hardly affected by the ongoing rape scandal involving the award-winning musician, Kim's father-in-law said on Tuesday.
It was the family's first public reaction to the scandal that surfaced in early December and has brewed to the point where police interrogated Kim.
The alleged victim ― a bar hostess ― claims Kim raped her at a hostess bar in Gangnam, Seoul, in August 2016. The singer countersued her for spreading false information.
The scandal seems to be sinking deeper into the mire as more alleged victims come forward, while Kim strongly claims his innocence.
"My heart is very heavy because of the scandal," Jang Wook-jo, Kim's father-in-law, told Woman Chosun magazine. "It's very sad because their honeymoon is not filled only with happiness and laughter. Nevertheless their relationship is fine ― getting along with each other."
Jang stressed that his daughter's confidence in Kim remained strong.
"She wouldn't even think of marrying him if she felt her confidence in him could be swayed easily by things like this," he said.
He added that the two lived together and their marriage was legally binding.
Kim announced in early December that he would marry pianist Jang Ji-yeon, but have not yet had a wedding ceremony.
The father-in-law himself expressed his strong confidence in Kim.
"Whatever I say it would do nothing to tackle the situation. News stories with biased information continue to spread, making the situation worse," he said. "I have lived for 60 years, but my life has never been more dreadful than now ever before."