Dating Rumors Among K-pop Idols
Being an K-pop idol isn’t easy, there are several things that they need to look after to, such as appearances, actions, and even their daily life, including dating. Although some K-pop idols, like BTS, are free to do what they wish, most K-pop idols have been prohibited to date ever since they started their careers. This is to make sure that their image stays good, as well as to avoid scandals that might ruin their careers as idols, and of course to protect them from sasaeng fans. The restrictions also help K-pop idols to be more focused and concentrate on their tight schedule. The dating rule also applies to Black Pink, who debuted in August 2016.
Does YG Ban Black Pink from Dating?
Black Pink members, including Jisoo, Jennie, Rose, and Lisa debuted under one of South Korea biggest agencies, YG Entertainment. A lot of rumors have spread regarding the “six restrictions” listed on the contracts of all K-pop idols under YG Entertainment, one of being the dating restriction. YG is known for its very strict rules of dating, which also applies to idols who are still trainees.
Black Pink’s Jisoo and Rose opened up about their dating life and the dating rules in YG Entertainment when they appeared in MBC Radio Star on the January 11th episode. Jisoo and Rose revealed that all of Black Pink’s members are not allowed to date anyone as long as they are still under YG’s contract. Jisoo herself added that the rules are actually made to prevent idols under YG Entertainment to date secretly. But actually, there are exceptions about dating if the idol tries to discuss and negotiate with YG.
Giving further information, Black Pink’s Jisoo shared that in order to prevent dating among YG trainees, male and female trainees are always separated by YG. She added that “Even the eating times of trainees are different. At YG’s cafeteria, if the boys eat at 6 o’clock, the girls will eat at 7 o’clock.” Not only that, if the male trainees haven’t done finishing up their meals after the time that has been scheduled, their managers will directly come and cover them up. This is why it is very hard for trainees to meet up with boys or even date. But don’t you worry, it doesn’t mean that they can’t make friends. Once they have debuted everything becomes better.
Black Pink members mentioned that actually, Yang Hyun Suk (the Chief Executive Officer and founder of YG Entertainment) is just like a dad to them. He cares a lot about Black Pink members, even when they were still trainees. Jisoo, Rose, Lisa, and Jennie revealed that Yang Hyun Suk personally met and warned them about the boys. Jennie even said, “Since the first day I entered YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun Suk sajangnim told me to always be careful of boys.” Aside from Jennie, Jisoo was also asked when Yang Hyun Suk spotted her wearing a ring. “The first time I met Yang Hyun Suk sajangnim, he asked me, ‘Do you happen to have a boyfriend right now?’ At the time, I was wearing a ring, and he even asked what that ring was. I didn’t have a boyfriend and It was just a ring.”, Jisoo said.
Black Pink Jennie Dating Rumor with Teddy Park
Black Pink’s Jennie was bombarded with her dating rumor with producer Teddy Park from 1TYM who also worked under YG Enterntainment. Teddy Park is someone who is behind Black Pink’s success, including their top hit, “Boombayah” and other songs, “Playing with Fire”, “Whistle”, and “As If It’s Your Last”. The rumor spread that Black Pink’s Jennie and Teddy Park are in a romantic relationship despite their huge gap of ages. Jennie is 21 years old, while Teddy Park is 39 years old. It was also stated that Teddy Park himself took extra care with Black Pink’s songs due to his romantic relationship with Jennie.
But not long after the rumors spread, YG Entertainment spoke up and denied the dating rumors of Black Pink’s Jennie and Teddy Park. YG also warned netizens that they will take legal action against the rumors.
On October 14, 2017, YG Entertainment stated “This is the first time we’ve heard about Teddy and Jennie’s dating rumor. The rumor about Teddy and Jennie’s dating rumor are not true. We’ll be taking legal actions against groundless rumors.”