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Are K-pop idols more open about dating now?

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Sometimes fans tend to forget that idols are humans too. They deserve to love and date just like everyone else. With the recent breaking news of EXO’s Baekhyun and SNSD’s Taeyeon dating, it seems like the world of K-pop is changing for the better.

MBLAQ’s Lee Joon shared that idols go around dating each other like animals in the animal kingdom. Fellow member G.O also agreed on Radio Star, “I agree about the comment on the animal kingdom. When I watch the music programs, there are peers who are doing moves that are not part of their choreography. That is definitely a mission for their lover.”

Idols usually do not admit they are dating unless solid proof that their relationships exists cannot be denied.

With relationships often ending before the news even gets out to the public, most entertainment companies are reluctant to tell the truth, and tend to either deny dating rumors (often even with solid proof right in front of them) or play the “no comment” card until enough time passes to swallow the rumors.

Block B’s U-Kwon is an exception to the rule. He personally revealed on BBC’s official fan café that he was dating model Jun Sun Hye, breaking the chain of paparazzi that usually puts famous couples on the spot.

The most used break-up excuse is that both sides have busy schedules and they have drifted apart with time.

Neither the company nor their idols are ever open and honest about the real reasons they break up with their signficant others, but honestly, fans do not care much about the reason.  They only care about whether or not the couple is still on-going or not.

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Why is it that the girl usually takes the burden of blame in a relationship?

Back when SHINee’s Jonghyun and actress Shin Se Kyung revealed that they were, indeed, a couple, Se Khyung was forced to shut down her homepage due to the massive amounts of hateful comments from SHINee fans. Another similar incident occurred when a scandalous picture of IU and Super Junior’s Eunhyuk was accidentally posted on IU’s Twitter. IU was stripped from her title as “National Little Sister” almost instantly, despite the fact that the relationship was denied.

Besides leaving hateful comments on SNS, some fans take it a step further by physically harming the idols’ girlfriends.

In late 2013, INFINITE’s L and Kim Do Yeon belatedly confessed to be a couple after their breakup. Several of L’s fan pages decided to take a break with the release of his dating rumors. Do Yeon revealed that fans would throw rocks at her, scratch up her car, and even attempted to disrupt the sales of her shopping mall by bulk buying and then returning everything they had purchased.

She expressed her frustration that, “Although we can be criticized for dating so freely and not recognizing the characteristic of the other person’s career, I do not think that I have done wrong to the point that I’m cursed at and threatened to be killed, and all my information is revealed on the internet, and even end up causing harm to someone else, just because they have the same name as me on their graduation photo.”

Taking into consideration that fans would overreact, idols are afraid to reveal their love lives.

But why the sudden change?

The increase of confirmed relationships over recent years leads to one question: Are idols now more open about dating?

With an increasing number of celebrity couples, it seems like fans are starting to accept the truth that their idols are humans, and more and more fans are beginning to want their biases to be happy.

Take the Baekhyun and Taeyeon couple, for example.  While many fans expressed their disappointment over the relationship, others showed their support by leaving positive messages on Taeyeon’s SNS accounts. Even with 4 out of 9 SNSD members dating, SNSD is not losing their popularity globally.

Most fans have come to realize that their beloved idols cannot stay single forever and may actually get married one day. Let’s be honest, the chance of fans getting married to their idols is one in a million. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s just not likely -especially for international fans.

So, if you cannot be “that” person, then you might as well wish your biases a happy life by letting them be with that one person that will bring a smile to their faces.

Besides, all the talk about a couple will be forgotten when the next couple is put out into the spotlight. Entertainment agencies have realized this fact and have become less hesitant to confirm relationship rumors.  While the hateful comments from obsessive fans may not totally go away, the increase of positive comments from supportive fans will keep the train going.

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Source: Wattpadd

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48 Comments

  1. NiSandara Park

    October 2, 2014 at 6:04 am

    i didn’t expect to see them main picture.

  2. April Rgl

    September 30, 2014 at 10:21 am

    yeah of course!! since they’re happy with that? why not? ..if my bias happy. i’ll be happy for them too, seriously ,my bias is already 27 or 30 something , i mean duh! if you guy’s are them , you are not want to be single in your rest of life ..

  3. Airi Jeon

    September 30, 2014 at 6:12 am

    If they’re happy, I’m happy.

  4. Yu Wei

    September 30, 2014 at 2:25 am

    International fans will most likely be open-minded about it… as for Korean fans….. maybe not.

  5. Cez Ganatanatda

    September 30, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Yes ofcourse 🙂 They have the Right to date Someone as long as My bias Really Loves that Person and That Perso Really loves my Bias 🙂 And therefore I’m Just a FAN and my Job is to Support my Bias In everything. And if we say Everything it Really means Everything Including that kind of stuff

  6. Caitlin Inspirit Harvie

    September 30, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Of course! As long as Woohyun is happy, I’m happy. Of course I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t be a bit upset, but I want him to do whatever will make him happy because his happiness is my happiness~ c:

  7. Kabee Chan

    September 29, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I wouldn’t be happy about it but hey if they’re happy then go for it, I’ll be happy for them although I’ll be sad that they’re taken lol oh well boohoo life goes on

  8. Jericho Asupre

    September 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Yup

  9. Nuria Fletcher

    September 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Obviously I wouldn’t mind. I mean, I’m not going to marry him. Some people need to grow up and get a life.

  10. Nikki Lewis

    September 29, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Completely fine with it. It’s not like I’m ever going to have a relationship with them. So why get upset about them being with someone they like? Only time I would be upset is if the person was legitimately taking advantage of them.

  11. Le Meow

    September 29, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    no they just get caught lol

  12. Sun Crystal

    September 29, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Yes ^_^ I’m ok with it

  13. Deborah Moss

    September 29, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Of course as long as they are happy

  14. Tricia Marie Dator

    September 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    amen to this!

  15. Rish Ann

    September 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

  16. Melissa Jane Santoso

    September 29, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    well, obviously kpop idols are humans. they deserve to love and to be loved. people who are against that should not date at all.

  17. Lhordy Mulawin

    September 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Ofcourse! As long as they happy 🙂

  18. Kristine Anne Daduya Vega

    September 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Yep. In faxt i’ll be happy for them. Btw my bias are gikwang and taemin 🙂

  19. Deborah Easley

    September 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Yes! As long as they are happy I’m happy! <3 <3 It's sad that they feel the need to hide their love because of fans. :'( They are humans too (super hot but still human) they want (and have the right) to love and be loved on a personal level just like anyone else would.

  20. Phrin-cesz Llanita

    September 29, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Yes if that MAN is really deserving

  21. Lisa Tran

    September 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

    YES IT OK!

  22. Pei Jing Xu

    September 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I’d run of the hills in happiness if my bias started dating i mean he’s 26 i don’t want him jerking himself off for the rest of his life.

  23. Cheyenna Beardy

    September 29, 2014 at 9:02 am

    It’s not like I’m physically there to stop them. But I encourage it actually. Some idols I feel need to start getting married like most of Super Junior because they’re getting old lol. I wouldn’t mind if Infinite started dating people too. Or VIXX. Their choice, not mine.

  24. Winnie Tao

    September 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I would be happy ♡ like I am now ^^ Both my biases are dating each other ♡ baekyeon

  25. Mirah Vergara Gallo

    September 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Of course! For them,ill try to be happy. If they’re happy in that kind of relationship…then ill be happy too and i will respect them. Of course,if our biases did not have a relationship or date…they will look weird! They are humans everyone will have love ones in the future 😀 lol :3

  26. Narobi Maknae

    September 29, 2014 at 7:14 am

    blahblahblah …………. i absolutely okay !! hahah dont care some fans.. they were insane.. bweh 😛

  27. Sushii Yang

    September 29, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I don’t mind it at all. They may be my bias, but does that mean they can’t be happy? They should date who they want to be. If they are happy, I’m happy too. <3

  28. Mengede David

    September 29, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Those crazy people not allowing them to date should not be called fans, anyway.

    As a fan their happiness should be just as important as your own.

    Thus….let them date.

  29. Jiselle Lareine Sy

    September 29, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Yes but not now. Hahaha 😛

  30. William Tzu-wang Tai

    September 29, 2014 at 6:35 am

    They can do whatever they want to!! I’m no mommy or daddy to stop them. It’s THEIR choice after all.

  31. Anna

    September 29, 2014 at 6:26 am

    I wouldnt be happy and all but its not like I can do anything lol

  32. Alice Michael

    September 29, 2014 at 6:12 am

    They got no freedom to be at outside,at least give them freedom to be dating.

  33. Roxi Edroi

    September 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Hope so, they should be mature. They are humans, they need that.

  34. Mistique Lee

    September 29, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Yes because it’s going to happen sooner or later … Heck one of my bias are married already #justsaying

  35. Danielle Ebony

    September 29, 2014 at 5:20 am

    yeah, its their life.. it isnt like im gonna marry them or anything, they are human and the ‘fans’ need to stop complaining

  36. Wawa Hongi

    September 29, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Yeas my bias lee hongki if dating semeone is ok ….but not my kim sungkyu infinite

  37. Julia Im

    September 29, 2014 at 5:18 am

    I’m speaking honestly, i probably won’t be okay but i know i gotta deal with my butt hurt self and support him because if i were them, i’d wanna have an actual love life – separate to the idol life and actually have someone love you as in really love you
    so yes of course it’s definitely okay for them to date 🙂

  38. Mia A. Marshel

    September 29, 2014 at 5:14 am

    No.. I dont think I will be ok.yet its not something I can change

  39. Jaycee Cates

    September 29, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Yes. And I’ll support them 110%. They are humans too who deserves to be happy. I love them a lot but not the romantic type of way because I don’t really know them know them so yeah. Besides, I do have a boyfriend myself so go out there and find happiness.

  40. Christine Jed Tanzo

    September 29, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Yes. Even if how crazy we are to our biases we do not have the right to control their personal lives. we should support them on what makes them happy

  41. Mouyleng Lïv

    September 29, 2014 at 5:10 am

    No

  42. Pia Pagatpat

    September 29, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Yes but not Kim Himchan! NO! jk but srsly!

  43. Bonnie Marie

    September 29, 2014 at 5:08 am

    I encourage it. Just because I like them, respect them, etc.. doesn’t mean I want keep them for myself. They live, so we as fans should let them be.

  44. Bianca Mccartney

    September 29, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Yes. They deserve happiness.

  45. Korri Xiumin Minho

    September 29, 2014 at 5:04 am

    of course .let me be honest here i love they but i am not gonna marry them.they have their life and i have my own .

  46. Kristine Pearl Morada

    September 29, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Yes

  47. Emily Tran

    September 29, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Yea i would be ok. I will be so happy for them~ Being an idol is hard and they deserve happiness such as a healthy relationship. yea ill be kinda sad that my ships will be all over the place(ie 2min,jongkey,etc.) LOL

  48. Shweta Pal

    September 29, 2014 at 5:01 am

    obviously! they are humans! What’s wrong in dating??

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