Taeyeon's Tears and Baekhyun's Apology: Are They Blamable?


In June 2014, Taeyeon left for Japan to take part in Girls’ Generation’s concert tour in the country. By the way, before boarding, she looked around, searching for her fans. And she talked to one of her fans, "I want to say sorry to all the fans, but I can’t do anything due to my agency's restraint. Please wait a bit longer till I can meet all of you and say sorry to you. I have much to say." she was about to cry at the time.

And during the Girls' Generation members were busy meeting with their Japanese fans in the country, EXO held its exclusive concert in Chongqing, China. EXO electrified 10,000 audience by performing its various hits such as “Wolf,” “Growl,” “Lucky,” and “Overdose.” By the way, at the concert, Baekhyun had to apologize to his fans just like Taeyeon did at an airport. He said “To me, you are not just a passerby. Every one of you is a really big support for me. And no doubt, you’re so dear to my heart. I promise I’ll do my best to make you happy.”


Well, I saw many fans who blamed Taeyeon and Baekhyun for their romantic relationship. I can understand them because some of the pictures and writings on their SNS were likely to be misunderstood. They uploaded some photos of their couple items and made veiled reference to their relationship. It made their fans think that the two idol stars had played the fool with them.


Companies make money by selling their goods. Likewise, k-pop agencies sell a fantasy about k-pop stars to their fans. Yeah, by doing so, the agencies earn money. And the fans who purchased a fantasy about idol stars expect their favorite idols to become the heartthrob of millions of people, not a lover of only one person. It is a duty for k-pop idols to satisfy their fans’ expectation because the fans have already paid for it by purchasing their albums or concert tickets. In this aspect, yeah, Taeyeon and Baekhyun's are blamable. Oh, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying Taeyeon and Baekhyun have to be alone forever. They are human being too and they have right to love. However, as idol stars who are now very active in the k-pop world, they should have been more careful not to be caught dating.

Of course, it is worth notice that Taeyeon and Baekhyun did their best to console their fans. At the airport and at the concert, they tried to speak out of their hearts. Actually, they could just ignore the fans and enjoy their date. But they didn’t, which means they were still valuing their fans even after they began their love affair.