If one were to point out a keyword related to the group 'BLACKPINK' recently, it would undoubtedly be 'pink' – not referring to their world tour 'Born Pink', but hinting at the blossoming love lives of the members. Following the lead of Jennie, Jisoo has now marked the climax. On August 3, YG Entertainment officially acknowledged the romance between Jisoo and actor Ahn Bo Hyun, stating that they are "in the process of getting to know each other with positive feelings."
Jennie - BTS's V: "No comment"
Jennie was engulfed in a whirlwind of dating rumors after photos of her and 'BTS' member V vacationing in Jeju Island were released. In May, sightings of their date in Paris, France were captured by local freelance journalists.
The tipping point arrived when their affectionate couple photos, suspected to be leaked from a hacked source, set the internet ablaze. However, both YG Entertainment and HYBE, their respective agencies, maintained silence, leaving fans in anticipation.
Rosé - Kang Dong Won: "Not Lovers"
Rosé's rumored love interest was actor Kang Dong Won. The two attended a gathering hosted by Ricardo Tisci, the former creative director of luxury brand 'Burberry', which led a Chinese media outlet to speculate about their relationship.
YG Entertainment initially responded, stating that they could not confirm the artists' private lives. However, as the atmosphere increasingly leaned towards acknowledging their relationship, the company officially denied the rumors, expressing concern over "reckless speculation."
Lisa - Arnault: Just a Rumor?
Lisa's dating rumor took a more global turn. She was caught in a dating rumor with Frédéric Arnault, the fourth son of Bernard Arnault, the chairman of LVMH, and CEO of the luxury watch brand 'TAG Heuer'.
Their close time together captured in a restaurant near Paris, France, along with Arnault's known friendly relationship with all 'BLACKPINK' members and his attendance at their concerts, fueled the rumors. As usual, YG Entertainment maintained silence on this matter.
Jisoo - Ahn Bo Hyun: First Official Couple
Despite other members' 'private activities' concerning their dating rumors, Jisoo boldly chose to go public. CNN, on August 3, after disclosing the dating facts of Jisoo and Ahn Bo Hyun, attracted attention by assessing that they had "exceptionally stepped out of the secrecy that typically surrounds celebrity relationships in the Korean entertainment industry."
CNN added that it is extremely rare for an agency to announce a K-pop idol's romantic relationship, but the industry is gradually moving away from contracts that forbid dating.