It is well-known fact among the Kpop community that idol dating is something of a luxury, something that very few idols get to do without being bashed and it all boils down to the culture behind Kpop idols and the way they’re marketed towards fans in South Korea.
There is a sense of entitlement to the idol, fans who spend money on the idol feel entitled to ‘own’ him/her, which means that they should focus on working hard without dating or getting caught dating.
Rather than a pleasant event, dating in South Korea is often labeled as a ‘scandal.’ When the dating news of Kang Daniel and TWICe Jihyo was published, the internet went crazy. Many had not been anticipating the pairing of the two popular idols.
One person emerged out of the dating ‘scandal’ more hurt than the other and in this case, it was Kang Daniel. He took the hard blow of the dating news and Korean fans attribute that to a couple of things.
If you look up Korean articles covering Kang Daniel and Jihyo dating news you’d usually find more ‘angry’ reactions than ‘happy’ reactions, an indicator that readers of the articles are less than pleased with the news.
Kang Daniel used to be a part of one of the biggest temp boy groups Wanna One before debuting as a soloist a couple of weeks ago. His huge fanbase supported him through the darkest period of his career through his battle with his former agency LM Entertainment.
Fans held projects and supported him whatever way they could to help him thrive and emerge as a winner in the legal battle, which eventually happened.
Many K-fans state that Kang Daniel is ‘ungrateful’ and ‘too arrogant’ since he’s dating a member of the biggest Kpop girl group in South Korea during the legal battle and his solo debut, taking money from fans while dating.
On one of the most voted comments on a popular Naver article, a top-voted comment translates to,
“Kang Daniel really doesn’t seem to be good at self-control. How can we see you as a musician? It’s not long since you debuted and you’ve already had a series of scandals and gossip.”
“’I don’t want to lose money so I gotta do this hahahaha.’”
“’I’ll keep meeting my girl, so you guys, my atm machine and wallet, keep buying and craving my content. I love you guys, too.’”
“That’s it. I don’t feel like you’re serious anymore…. it feels like you soothing fans is an act right now.”
“then why did you cut contact with Wanna One members?”
“and its only the second week of your debut.”
“tl;dr keep giving money.”
“what a liar”
“they already turned their backs.”
Many netizens seem to share this sentiment and feel disappointed with his actions and the fact that he is dating right now.
There are on the other hand K-fans who also support him and wish him the best. Many other top-voted comments on various articles covering the subject also promise to cheer him on and to always support him but they seem to be outweighed by the negative responses.
There seems to be this split sentiment, it is unknown how far will the dating news affect Kang Daniel and Jihyo but it seems that Kang Daniel is the one that took the biggest blow.
In his apology letter, he apologizes to fans for shocking them with the news and talked about how much they’ve been there for him. Many views this as an ‘act’ because he doesn’t want fans to turn their backs on him while others seem to be more understanding of the situation.
What do you think of this?