On October 10, 2018, Jackson Wang appeared on the 100th special episode of JTBC’s Let’s Eat Dinner Together. He revealed that he learned Korean by dating for 3 years. While enjoying a meal, Jackson Wang shared, “I learned Korean by the books for a year, and I learned the rest by dating. Honestly, that’s the fastest way. When I was dating, my Korean improved when we had arguments. You want to express your feelings, but you end up getting really annoyed because there’s a language barrier. So, I realized I really need to study Korean hard. I studied really hard and then got into fights.” When asked what they fought over, he replied, “We fought over the stupidest things. We were young. While texting, we fought over the lack of emoticons. It was childish,” as reported by Allkpop.
On February 14, 2015, Jackson Wang appeared on JTBC’s Dating Alone virtual dating show. The show showed the second part of his virtual date with Girls’ Generation’s Yuri as the MCs watched over them. One of the MCs, Jeon Hyun-moo, asked if Jackson Wang has a girlfriend, but he revealed that he made a promise with JYP Entertainment founder Park Jin-young. “I can’t date right now because I’m currently under contract. JYP is quite harsh when it comes to dating rules,” he explained as reported by Soompi.
Just for your information, JYP Entertainment is famous for a number of protocols for their artists, one of which is a dating ban for three years after debut.
However, on December 4, 2015, in a Tencent interview, when asked if the company strictly prohibits him from dating or not, Jackson Wang answered, “There’s no ban. There’s no policy that idols can’t date. Our company isn’t like that. How do I say this? There’s no rule or requirement. You decide. I feel that, right now, I should put my work or career as my priority; it’s right.” He also added he won’t date for 5 years to focus on work, as translated by Omonatheydidnt by a user named 22_taken. You can also watch the interview video with English subtitles by a user named Denyse below!
Surprisingly, the dating ban actually doesn’t exist. But, it looks more like a promise not to date that Jackson Wang is determined to fulfill. In addition, JYP’s dating ban is not present in the contracts. But, JYP Entertainment artists treat the promise to not date seriously, saying things like “when you’re a rookie, dating can ruin your image and make you lose your fans.”
On December 17, 2014, Jackson Wang appeared for a youthful and entertaining episode of MBC’s Radio Star and stated, “I came to Korea to do music, so I don’t think I should be dating right now.”
It has already been 4 long years since GOT7’s debut. Most artists would probably rejoice once the dating promise is fulfilled. However, this is not the case with Jackson Wang. He is having second thoughts about that. On January 5, 2017, during an InStyle Korea Facebook Live session with his fans, he revealed his plans to stick to the dating ban rule even after the expiration date. “Should I really tell you honestly? I really don’t have the thoughts to date now,” he said.
“It is because I can’t even take care of myself, so how am I supposed to take care of others? I’m lacking even in taking care of myself, so how do I take care of someone else? To take care of someone, I must have the ability, the time, and I have to have everything. I don’t have anything so how do I take care of someone? I’m not even taking good care of my parents, so how do I take care of other people? I have no ability. Like, I don’t have the right to date now,” he explained.
According to KStarLive, on the January 24th episode of MBC’s Radio Star, Jackson Wang talked about the possibility of getting a girlfriend in 2018. However, he revealed that he has no plan to date anyone in 2018, unlike others who might dream of being in a relationship. “My schedule is fully booked. I don’t even have time to sleep these days. To be honest, I want to date, but it’s not a joke, you know. Dating is not all about fun. One has to have a great deal of responsibility. So, I need time for that, but I just don’t at the moment,” he explained. “I don’t think I’ll be dating at all in 2018. I’m going to give it my everything towards GOT7,” he continued.