Talented and gorgeous, yet BLACKPINK Rosé often feels like she doesn’t fit in.
BLACKPINK Rosé is now well recognized for her visuals and talent, to achieve the popularity she has today, the female idol actually experienced ample pressure in Korea, and often felt out of place and scared that she wouldn’t be able to debut.
BLACKPINK Rosé recently made an impressive appearance on Vogue Australia, where she not only boasted outstanding visuals, but also talked about her heart-wrenching feelings while training for BLACKPINK.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Rosé has always held a strong passion for music. However, she has never thought about actually pursuing a singing career, and sought to become an art teacher.
However, with the support of her father, Rosé successfully passed the audition of YG Entertainment and moved to Korea as a trainee. It took her 4 years to debut as a member of the world-famous girl group BLACKPINK.
The singer describes that particular period of her life as a constant fight-or-flight experience. “When I got to Korea] I was like, ‘This is quite intense,’” Rosé recalled of her early months as a trainee. “I noticed that there were 12 other girls who had been training day and night for about five years. And I had just gotten there.”
At the time, the idol couldn’t help but feel estranged and anxious. “If I don’t catch up, I’m going to be cut and sent right back to Australia, where I’ve told all my friends that I’m dropping out of school and working on my music,” Rosé constantly told herself.
Therefore, Rosé had no choice but to persist and prove her talents. “I ended up fighting for my life, training for my life,” the idol said, adding, “So I had no time to slack off. I remember I took every minute and every second to work on my craft so that I could make it.”
However, no matter how strong her character was, there were times Rosé felt estranged in what was supposed to be her homeland.
“Sometimes, I still feel a bit out of place because most of the people here in Korea, even if they speak English, they usually have come from the States or elsewhere, to this day I feel a bit unique, and sometimes, a bit out of place,” she mused.
Previously in her interview with Rolling Stone, Rosé also said that she bears a lot of pressure despite it having been 6 years since her debut with BLACKPINK, especially with a pandemic ongoing.
“I’ve never rested like that in my life, and it was the worst”, she said, adding, “I was a workaholic, obviously. I couldn’t stand the fact that suddenly all of our schedules were empty for the next two to three months. I started to think, “What if people aren’t interested in me, or us, by the end of this pandemic? What am I going to do for the rest of my life?”.
Despite her struggles, anxieties, and pressure, Rosé is still an extremely resilient and hardworking person, thus earning a lot of respect and love from her fans.