Korean media: “YG quickly confirms dating rumor to try to hide Jisoo’s departure from the company.”
This information is receiving significant attention from a large number of fans.
On August 3rd, the Korean entertainment industry was abuzz when the paparazzi, “Dispatch,” unexpectedly released photos of Jisoo and actor Ahn Bo Hyun entering and leaving the eldest BLACKPINK member’s private apartment. This detail has led to speculation about a secret romantic relationship between the two.
In contrast to previous incidents, YG, the managing company, used an entirely new approach to respond to the dating rumors involving their “homegrown talent.” They promptly spoke up to confirm that Jisoo and Ahn Bo Hyun are getting to know each other and have a good relationship. YG’s action surprised the public and raised many suspicions.
The Korean media suggests that YG’s swift confirmation of Jisoo’s dating news is seen as a way to conceal the fact that the female idol may not be renewing her exclusive contract and might be preparing to leave the company after seven years of activity. Moreover, some sources have put forward two hypotheses to explain this situation.
One hypothesis is that Jisoo might no longer be an exclusive artist of YG, so the company is no longer as concerned about keeping her personal life private. This contrasts with the case of her fellow member, Jennie, where YG remained silent despite numerous pieces of evidence of her relationship with V from BTS. Furthermore, other artists have all received a shared response from YG when faced with dating rumors: “We cannot confirm as this is the artist’s private life.”
On the other hand, some people believe that YG’s course of action might be putting pressure on Jisoo with the purpose of keeping the female idol at the company.
The audience is increasingly suspicious and believes that YG might be using Jisoo’s dating rumor to divert attention from the possibility of the eldest BLACKPINK member leaving the group entirely. Similar scenarios have happened to other artists in the Korean entertainment industry, such as Han Ye Seul and Lee Seung Gi, who were revealed to be dating before their contract renewal dates.
Although the truth is still unclear, whether Jisoo will renew her contract with YG remains a mystery without a definitive answer. This story is expected to be clarified on August 8th.