BLACKPINK Signals Commitment Amid Contract Speculations; Pledges Continued Dedication
In a move that has delighted fans worldwide, BLACKPINK, the globally renowned K-pop group, has hinted at their continued collaboration, quelling swirling rumors about potential disbandment. The indication came during the finale of their "Born Pink" world tour, which recently wrapped up in Seoul, South Korea.
The quartet, consisting of Rośe, Jennie, Lisa, and Jisoo, concluded their year-long global tour at the Gocheok Sky Dome, delivering stellar performances of their chart-topping hits to a sea of domestic and international fans, fondly referred to as BLINKS. The tour's climax was rife with anticipation, as many expected the group to make a significant announcement about their contract renewal with YG Entertainment.
While no groundbreaking revelations were made, Jennie, the group's main rapper and a prominent face in the fashion world as a Chanel ambassador, seemed to suggest that BLACKPINK would remain intact. In an emotional address on the final day of the encore show, she expressed her gratitude to her fellow members. "First of all, I would like to say 'good job' to all our members. We say it's only a year, but it was a period of time with ups and downs. So much time spent on airplanes and whatnot, but the four of us made it through," she shared.
Reflecting on the group's seven-year journey, Jennie reminisced about their collective desire to always present their best selves to fans. She also acknowledged the challenges of the tour, noting her regret at not being able to meet many Korean fans due to their hectic schedule. This sentiment led to the decision to host an encore show in their homeland. Expressing her gratitude, she said, "BLINKS, thank you for cheering and loving us all the time. We'll continue to be amazing. Love you guys."
This heartwarming message from Jennie comes in the wake of rampant online speculation about BLACKPINK's future. Rumors suggested that members were being courted with lucrative offers from other entertainment companies. Adding fuel to the fire, recent reports from Star News Korea claimed that Lisa had twice declined YG's contract renewal offers, with the second proposal reportedly valued at a staggering KRW 50 billion (approximately $37 million).
However, as of now, neither BLACKPINK nor YG Entertainment has confirmed these reports. Fans and industry insiders alike await an official statement regarding the renewal of their contracts, hoping for clarity and good news in the days to come.