Who are Blackpink members dating? All about their romantic lives and how YG Entertainment plays a huge role
One of the most popular musical acts on the planet at this point in time is the South Korean girl group Blackpink. The K-pop superstars, who recently released their first LP titled 'The Album', are one of the most talked-about celebrities in the world and their fans, known as 'blinks', keep a close eye on everything they do.
South Korea's obsession with their celebrities is nothing new but when it comes to Blackpink, their fans all over the world are interested in knowing about what's going on in the lives of their favorite stars. So, despite the superstardom, why is that we don't know much about the dating history of the members? Let's find out.
The primary reason why very little is known about the romantic lives of Blackpink members is because of YG Entertainment’s dating ban. YG Entertainment is the group that manages Blackpink and, according to multiple reports across various media outlets, it prohibits artists from having romantic relationships while on the company's roster. The K-pop group themselves confirmed this information in an interview on JYP’s Party People in 2017 stating that they cannot smoke, drink, go to clubs, get tattoos or plastic surgery. Though, according to Blackpink member Jennie, an exception to the ban is that rules can be broken if YG Entertainment’s former CEO Yang Hyun-Suk gives his permission.
Many dating rumors have floated about Blackpink members over the years. Let's find out what the members of Blackpink – Lisa, Jisoo, Jennie and Rosé – have said about their dating lives.
The only member of Blackpink to have a confirmed relationship, Jennie dated EXO’s Kai from October 2018 to January 2019. Their relationship was confirmed by SM Entertainment, EXO’s management company, after the two were photographed on a date together. When the relationship ended in January 2019, SM Entertainment confirmed that too saying Jennie and Kai were no longer dating. The reason for their break-up was never officially revealed but it was speculated that the two stars split because of their schedules.
Earlier, in 2017, Jennie was rumored to be dating producer Teddy Park of 1TYM but, according to YG Entertainment, these were "groundless rumors". Similarly, there were rumors that Harry Styles and Jennie were seeing each other romantically after they followed each other on Instagram. Harry even attended Blackpink’s concert in Los Angeles. But over a period of time, it was clear that the two singers are simply friends. Jennie has also been linked with Big bang’s Taeyang but, according to YG, these, too, were baseless rumors.
Lisa, Blackpink's youngest member, has been linked with BTS’ Jungkook, but according to multiple reports, there's no truth to their relationship and it has only ever been a fan theory. Interestingly, in a 2018 interview with Airrang Radio, Lisa revealed that she prefers older men. Other than that, there has hardly been any information about Lisa’s dating life.
On an episode of Weekly Idol, Rosé said that her dream man is someone who is nice, polite and a good singer. Lisa, talking about Rosé’s type on an episode of JYP’s Party People, said she likes men who can play the guitar. Not much is known about Rosé’s dating life due to YG’s strict dating rules. Talking about YG's rules in a 2017 interview with Radio Star, Rosé said that the rules are strict yet flexible if artists discuss with executives. "I wasn’t allowed to get a driver’s license. However, exceptions can be made if you discuss it with the company. The restrictions are just there to tell you not to do any of those things secretly," she said.
Jisoo, too, has talked about how strict YG Entertainment and Yang Hyun-Suk are about dating. In a 2016 interview she said, "The first time I met Yang-Hyun Suk, 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." On a 2017 episode of Radio Star, she even revealed that YG schedules different eating times for its male and female trainees so they don’t spend too much time together. According to Jisoo, she has never had a boyfriend or been in a relationship which is why there are no rumors about her dating anyone.