Korean gossip outlet Dispatch revealed a series of photos which featured G-Dragon and Kiko Mizuhara in what appears to be various states of happy coupledom. The story was initially reported in English by the news outlet Koreaboo. The paparazzi photos that are provided by Dispatch are so pretty, they resemble a commercial or music video photo shoot, much like the recent scripted photos of T.
While the photos of T. G-Dragon has been the subject of on-going dating rumors which have ranged from Angela Baby to Paris Hilton, however the most persistant rumor has surrounded his relationship with Kiko Mizuhara. While some fans of G-Dragon were upset by this latest news, which is yet another piece in the on-going puzzle regarding his rumored relationship, others were in awe of the cute overload depicted in the photos. I've been waiting so long for this GD original smile, it reminds me when he was just debuted!
Aside from the photos and relationship timeline presented by Dispatch, the most newsworthy aspect of this story is the statement provided by YG Entertainment. In recent years, YG Entertainment has become increasingly guarded about the private lives of its artists.
Channel A reported on October 7 that Seungri had allegedly received a summons for allegedly speeding during a car accident on September YG Entertainment also stood behind Park Bom during recent allegations that the 2NE1 was involved in a prescription drug smuggling case. Many audiences have began to applaud the method in which YG Entertainment addresses what would become widespread scandals in other agencies.
Many K-Pop fans dread hearing news that may confirm relationships involving their favorite idols. In the current, social media driven world, fans are accustomed to seeing regular status updates of their own relationships and those involving friends. For many people in the digital age, a dating relationship is not confirmed until their Facebook or SNS status is changed to in a relationship, engaged, or married. For Korean entertainment fans, Dispatch has been like the friend almost everyone has who posts photos of two people who are dating, then tags those photos, even before the couple made a formal announcement.
Throughout , Dispatch has dropped numerous bombshells that shook the worlds of K-Pop and K-Drama. What does the release of information by Dispatch and the way that is handled have to do with the differences in policies shown by YG Entertainment verses SM Entertainment?
SM Entertainment has been at the forefront of announcing idol relationships, particularly in With every relationship SM confirms, the reaction from fans tends to become a bit harsher. In the case of YG Entertainment, there has been a widely known dating ban imposed on 2NE1 and the members of Big Bang have not publicly acknowledged relationships. This old-school separation of public and private life appears to be working well for YG Entertainment, while acknowledging relationships may be negatively impacting SM Entertainment.
K-Pop agencies routinely take hits for claims that they are responsible for the unfair treatment of their idols, in addition to allegations about unsafe or psychologically damaging work conditions. The lax reaction for YG Entertainment regarding G-Dragon and Kiko Mizuhara may seem wishy-washy but it is a brilliant move to retaliate the schoolyard bully tactics of Dispatch.
While the Dispatch expose may bring fans closer to the truth of the relationship between G-Dragon and Kiko, it is apparent that YG Entertainment will not release confirmation until G-Dragon is ready for that news to be delivered. Does the story released by Dispatch make you think differently about G-Dragon and his alleged relationship with Kiko Mizuhara?
Do you think that YG Entertainment was correct in not caving to pressure to provide a confirmation of their relationship, if G-Dragon or Kiko Mizuhara did not wish to have this information released? Should open dating become a standard for K-Pop idols?