"Auntie killer" sends fans into frenzy

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Gavin Foo

Like fine wine that gets better with age, South Korean actor Song Seung Heon seems to be proof that charisma and desirability aren’t limited to younger men. The 36-year-old still sends female hearts fluttering.

He is dubbed “auntie killer” by the Asian media – a reflection of the adoration directed at him primarily by ajummas (a Korean term for middle-aged women) – and it is a label he takes in his stride.

Many of them, decked out in red, turned up for his autograph session at West Coast Plaza on Saturday. Pandemonium erupted when Song appeared. Just a smile from the heart-throb caused loud shrieks and screams, a testament of his popularity in an industry which has seen the rise of much younger K-pop stars. Were you one of the ajummas there?

This article was first published in The New Paper on March 4, 2013.