All the glitz and glamour we see in the world on the k-pop idols has a dark side too. Along with making music and performing rigorous choreographies on stage, the k-pop idols have to follow a lot of rules. All of this happens to please the fans and netizens. And sometimes the k-pop idols end up giving up their basic rights too. All the entertainment companies have a set of restrictions for the trainees and idols. And they are asked to follow until the time they make it big, and sometimes even after that. Recently, Oh My Girl’s Mimi and Seunghee opened up about the dating ban they went through.
Appearing on the recent Episode of the JTBC variety show ‘Knowing Bros,’ Oh My Girl’s Mimi and Seunghee revealed many secrets. The two went on to join former After School member Kahi and former Jewelry member Park Jung Ah. Working together, the four idols are part of the project girl group called M.M.D. on the tvN’s variety show “Mama the Idol”. Talking about the times when Mimi and Sunghee were idol trainees, the two went on to share that they had to follow a makeup and dating ban.
Oh My Girl’s Mimi and Seunghee Revealed The Restrictions They Had To Follow As K-pop Trainees
Seunghee revealed that before ‘Oh My Girl’ made its debut in 2015, the girls were strictly forbidden from using makeup, including lip color. Pitching in, Mimi revealed that the girls weren’t allowed to wear shorts or miniskirts that came above the knee. And while the male idol trainees might’ve had some leniency at times, the staff was really strict with the female idol trainees. As Kim Young Chul asked about one of the most popular restrictions, i.e., the infamous dating ban, the girls talked about their own contract.
It wasn’t just that dating wasn’t allowed, but if anyone got caught dating, they were kicked out at the moment. The girls went on to share that the dating ban went on even after they made their debut. Along with that, even basic eye contact with the male idols wasn’t allowed. The order came up from the higher authorities in the company. Sunghee revealed that whenever the male idols would pass through the hallway, the staff made the female idols turn their faces to the walls. So if they were waiting in the hallway, they’d have to stand facing the wall.
Dating Ban For The K-pop Idols Has Been A Topic of Debate In The Country
Seunghee went on to reveal some more controversial secrets. She shared that whenever they went to the bathroom, they always had to go in pairs holding their hands. On being asked, she also confirmed that they were banned from dating for four years after their debut. And everything was mentioned in their contract. Getting to know about the contract, the cast members of Knowing Bros were shocked. They went on to ask the girls if they really didn’t date for four years. Mimi and Sunghee confirmed that they’ve never dated in the years, even secretly.
When Seo Jang Hoon asked if the girls ever had any ongoing flirtations during the time, the two had different answers. While Mimi said that they never even flirted, Seunghee said that they did. Hearing different answers, the two surroundings went from serious to funny in a matter of seconds.
Hearing all of this, fans are hoping that future generations of k-pop idols won’t have to go through the rules like this. While the no dating rule makes sense at times, the rule about avoiding the male idols and turning to walls in the hallways, many fans are criticizing the entertainment companies. Companies like Cube Entertainment, PlayM, JYP Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and Peldis are known for having a 3-5 years dating ban.