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Super Junior’s Donghae Says Being With Eunhyuk Is A Joy To Him

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Super Junior’s Donghae and Eunhyuk met when they were both teenagers. And fast forward to 2018, the 31-year-old singers have nothing but warm words for each other.

South Korean boy group Super Junior debuted in 2005 as a project group without the assurance of permanence.

But the boy group stood the test of times and the competitive industry it belongs to rise as one of the longest running active idol group in K-Pop.

 

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The boy group’s most recent comeback was via the repackaged album, “Replay”. (Photo from Label SJ)

This 2018, Super Junior continues to run — bolder and more passionately — as members return to their post following their military service activities. Sans Kyuhyun, all members have completed the mandatory military service required from all Korean men of able bodies.

With the return of Ryeowook last July, the boy group has announced its big plans for the rest of the year, including a Korean comeback from its sub-unit, Super Junior-D&E.

First stop: Super Junior-D&E

The sub-unit composed of Donghae and Eunhyuk is set to return with a new mini album, ‘Bout You, on August 16. The new EP will mark the duo’s first Korean release since The Beat Goes On in 2015.

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Donghae and Eunhyuk for “‘Bout You” (Photo from Label SJ)

Originally set for a winter release, Super Junior-D&E understood the longing of fans for a new release from the sub-unit especially since they focused on Japanese promotions in the past.

“We wanted to showcase our music in Korea,” Donghae said during their exclusive interview with Korea Herald on August 13 at the SM Entertainment Communication Center.

Donghae also revealed that he has been thinking about the sub-unit’s next project while at the army, confessing he exchanged letters with Eunhyuk to discuss their plans.

“As you all know, there is plenty of time to reflect on oneself when in the military. I also spent a lot of time contemplating what kind of music I should do with Eunhyuk,” he added.

On Their Brother-Like Chemistry

Donghae and Eunhyuk are no stranger to each other. Having met when they were 15 years old, the duo has a lot of history together especially since they are of the same age and doing activities together often.

Eunhyuk admitted that nothing much have changed about them and that Donghae remains to be the innocent boy who came from Mokpo he first met as a trainee. He also talked about their undeniable chemistry which leads to fan often pairing them up as “Eunhae” — a combination of their names.

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Eunhyuk for “‘Bout You” (Photo from Label SJ)

Seemingly aware of the pairing, Eunhyuk said, laughing, “I think fans like this brother-like chemistry between us, with some fans even creating a fantasized plot in which we appear as a couple.”

Despite the bickering between them that the viewers often see in their shows like Super TV, Donghae said they rarely fought as they often communicate. “Being with him is actually a joy to me,” he said of his sub-unit partner, Eunhyuk.

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Donghae and Eunhyuk for “‘Bout You” (Photo from Label SJ)

On Super Junior and its Legacy

Other than the sub-unit promotions, Donghae and Eunhyuk will also be busy with Super Junior’s group activities. The duo talked proudly of their group and their upcoming plans to continue the legacy of Super Junior.

“Regardless of our age, we will keep showing new sides of ourselves through good content, music and videos,” Donghae said, hinting on an upcoming project they are already preparing.

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Donghae for “‘Bout You” (Photo from Label SJ)

Eunhyuk also expressed his pride of contributing to the growth of K-Pop especially in the international scene. Often dubbed as the Kings of Hallyu, the boy group successfully penetrated the international arena starting from the mega-hit song, “Sorry Sorry”. Their international concert series, Super Show, is another testament of the steady popularity the boy group has forged through the years. Now on its seventh installment, Super Show continues to see filled arenas and sapphire blue oceans.

“It’s so touching that K-pop keeps evolving, and we’ve contributed to that growth. We feel proud of ourselves,” Eunhyuk said. He added that they have reached a point when winning first was no longer a priority, but paving the way for younger artists instead.

“We will keep finding our own way to evolve in this world,” Eunhyuk said.

Super Junior-D&E will return with its extended play, ‘Bout You, on August 16. A highlight medley of the EP’s tracks was unveiled on August 13.

Following their ‘Bout You promotions, the duo will embark on a Japanese tour from September 9 to November 7.