Meet the very buff Korean playboy who captured our attention, if only for an afternoon.
Earlier this month, Lindsay Lohan blessed the world with her presence once again when reports surfaced that she was dating someone new. Evidently, a jet-setting playboy who could bench press a Hyundai Elantra. And because Lindsay Lohan is a speckle of stardust cruising through life on a sunbeam who we only want the best for, and failing to find much information about this mysterious man online, I reached out to Je-Yong Ha, who goes by Korean Hulk on Instagram, to hear his side of things.
Ha is a competitive power lifter who lives in “Seoul, Moscow, Dubai” and no, they’re not together. (A source close to the actress told Vanity Fair, “Lol they are 100% not dating at all. They’re just friends.”) We exchanged a few messages on WhatsApp and agreed to conduct the interview over email so he could write me back in Korean, because I, like everyone on Earth, had a few questions.
GQ: How did you and Lindsay become friends? Where did you guys meet? Did someone introduce you?
We first met in Mykonos, Greece. Lindsay is a great person. She’s very kind, and she’s an angel.
What was your reaction when you first saw American reports that you and Lindsay were dating?
We originally planned to go to New York together. But I had another schedule so I couldn’t go. I was at home watching TV when I got a message from Lindsay. She told me to Google her name. When I searched her name on Google, there were tons of articles about us. Lindsay and I laughed hysterically at this.
How often are you hanging out with her? How is she doing?
We contact each other a lot. We will spend Christmas and New Year’s Day together.
Are you currently dating anyone?
This is a video of my biceps.
When did you first get into working out?
I’ve been working out for about 10 years now. I particularly enjoyed armwrestling and powerlifting. I won national champion at an open category for armwrestling, and I have been competing at world championships in which I dream of becoming the world champion one day.
“I eat a lot of pizza, hamburgers, and noodles. But I like natural raw food such as garlic, ginseng, abalone, oyster, caviar, foie gras, truffles, and sea urchins, which are some of my favorites. These foods make my body healthier.”
I competed at many open categories for powerlifting in which I was named national champion for bench press (270kg), deadlift (340kg), and squat (320kg), which are all national records.
That’s why many people call me the “all time no. 1 strength in Korea” or the “koreanhulk.” Especially for bench press, my record is extremely close to the world record in which I am working towards breaking the world record in the near future.
How much protein do you eat in one day? What does a typical meal look like?
I don’t have a set amount of protein I eat per day. I just try to eat as much as I can. I’m not someone who’s trying to diet to make my body look pretty. I like big, beefy, and strong bodies. That’s why I eat a lot. I eat a lot of pizza, hamburgers, and noodles. But I like natural raw food such as garlic, ginseng, abalone, oyster, caviar, foie gras, truffles, and sea urchins, which are some of my favorites. These foods make my body healthier.
How often are you in the gym? Can you give me a quick overview of your gym routine?
I go to the gym every day. I exercise in 5 minute intervals. I repeat sets that exercise my chest, back, shoulders, arms, and legs. I try my best to eat as much as I can, and lift as heavy as I can.
What is your ultimate fitness goal?
I plan to break the world record for bench press. I also want to become the world champion for armwrestling.
How many fur coats do you own?
I love fur. It’s one of the styles I found. I own over 50 fur coats.
Is it hard for you to find suits and T-shirts?
It’s very hard. I’m short, my body is big, and my arms are too big so it’s hard for me to find clothes that fit me. I like wearing suits so I have a personal tailor. I want to show people that even if you’re short with a big body, you can wear clothes that make you look good.
Your life looks awesome. How did you become a baller?
I do business in Moscow, Russia, and Dubai. I have interest in the entertainment business so I’m preparing to open night clubs in many different countries. I am planning to open a Lohan Club in Dubai. In Moscow, I plan to make the most luxurious and expensive restaurant in the world. I also have huge interest in charity and volunteer work, therefore I want to make a foundation that’ll allow me to help as many people in need as I can.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working out?
I go to art galleries a lot, and I participate in art auctions as well. I also like jewelry and watches so I enjoy collecting limited edition and exclusive models. I have also recently developed an interest for acting. I heard that Marvel is looking for a Korean hero. I really want to be that Korean hero character, and act on the big screen.
What are your favorite stores to shop at?
I like a brand called Billionaire Couture. I also like Versace these days. Brands are important, but since I like bespoke suits, I think that the fabric, design, and how well it suits my body is more important.
I saw you drove a Bugatti Veyron.
I like Bugatti. It’s the best. I recently read an article that compared Tesla and Bugatti Chiron. Tesla is faster, bigger, and less pricey than a Bugatti. However, Tesla is Tesla and Bugatti is Bugatti. It’s another level. It’s like comparing Casio to Patek Philippe.
Tell me about your dog! A friend says it looks like a Caucasian Ovcharka. What is his/her name? How long have you had it?
My dog is a Caucasian Ovcharka. His name is Taeja. I bought him in Russia. Taeja is a famous and popular dog. He’s been on many TV shows. He’s also a dog show world champion. He’s 1m euros, and his height is 1m 20cm and his weight is 130 kg. He’s heavier than I am. He eats more protein than I do. He eats 9 chickens every day.
If you could give guys a piece of style advice, what would it be?
Try new different things. That’s how you find what suits you the best. And then you can make that your own style by customizing it. But the most important thing is confidence. Confidence makes you more stylish, and it’s sexy.
If I visit Seoul, can we party?
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