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Posted : 2016-04-28 16:16
Updated : 2016-04-28 18:50

Divorcing singer reappears after 8-year hiatus

Na Hoon-a at Yeoju branch of the Suwon District Court on April 26
/ Screen capture from YouTube

By Ko Dong-hwan

Trot legend Na Hoon-a made a rare public appearance in divorce court after eight years of avoiding the media.

The singer, 69, wearing a black suit and sunglasses, visited the Yeoju branch of the Suwon District Court in Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday. He remained silent as he entered the court surrounded by journalists.

Na attended the court to settle the division of his assets as part of a divorce suit that was filed by his wife, Jung Soo-kyeong, 55, in October 2014. She attended the court proceedings as well.

Na left the court after two hours. The couple will meet again in early June for their next mediation.

Na talks during a press conference at Grand Hilton Seoul in 2008. / Korea Times

Jung previously filed for divorce in 2011. She had claimed that Na cheated on her with other women and did not send her money to support her livelihood while they were separated. In 2013, the court had refused to approve the divorce, stating it was hard to see that the couple's relationship had deteriorated so much as to warrant a breakup.

Na's last appearance in public was in 2008 when he held a press conference to address a rumor he'd been castrated by a Japanese gang member for his infidelity. In front of reporters, he prepared to pull down his pants to disprove the allegation but was stopped. A year before, he had canceled his exclusive concert to be held in Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.

Na debuted as a singer in 1966 and dominated the nation's entertainment industry throughout the 1970s with his rival, Nam Jin. He has been married three times; his second wife was the famous actress Kim Ji-mi, with whom he was married from 1976 to 1982. He married Jung the following year.

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야쿠자 폭행설ㆍ콘서트 불발..8년 후 나타난 나훈아

가수 나훈아가 8년 만에 공식석상에 등장했다.

이혼소송을 진행하고 있는 그는 26일 경기도 수원지방법원 여주지원에 등장했다. 이혼소송 조정에 그가 직접 출석한 건 이번이 처음이다.

나훈아는 지난 2007년 3월 서울 세종문화회관에서 열 예정이었던 단독 콘서트를 취소하고 잠적했다. 이듬해인 2008년 1월 긴급 기자회견을 열고 건강 이상설과 신체 훼손설 등에 대해 해명했다. 이후 나훈아는 모습을 감췄다.

그가 법정에 등장한 건 아내 정수경 씨와 이혼소송 때문이다.

나훈아는 지난 2011년 한국에서 이혼 소송을 제기했고 약 2년 뒤인 2013년 패소했다. 하지만 이듬해 다시 이혼 소장을 접수했다.

재산 분할 문제가 남아 있는 두 사람의 재산 조종을 위해 나훈아는 법원에 참석했다. 나훈아는 이날 약 2시간의 조정 시간을 가진 것으로 알려졌다.

나훈아는 지난 1973년 배우 고은아의 사촌 이숙희 씨와 결혼했다가 2년 뒤 이혼했다. 1976년 배우 김지미와 두 번째 결혼식을 올렸지만 이 역시 1982년 파혼으로 끝이 났다. 1983년 정수경 씨와 결혼해 슬하에 1남 1녀를 두고 있다.