Should celebrity couples with huge age gaps get criticized for dating despite being all adults?

Following Kang Dong Won and BLACKPINK Rosé’s recent issue, dating rumors of stars with big age gaps are drawing attention again.

Rumors of a romantic relationship between Kang Dong Won and Rosé circulated online on April 17th due to a photo posted by Riccardo Tisci, former creative director of the luxury brand Burberry.


The released picture shows Kang Dong Won and Rosé enjoying a home party together. Netizens then found more evidence, such as the two wearing similar necklaces and outfits as well as attending the same event held at COEX in Seoul last year. 

At first, YG Entertainment stated, “It’s difficult to confirm the information because it’s the artists’ private life.”

Unlike how YG responded “It’s not true” when dating rumors of Big Bang G-Dragon and granddaughter of Shinsegae Group’s Chairman Lee Myung Hee or BLACKPINK Jisoo and football player Son Heung Min arose, the agency has been avoiding answering romance suspicions, such as BLACKPINK Jennie & V, AKMU Lee Chan Hyuk & fromis_9 Lee Sae Rom, etc. Therefore, many people are considering YG’s silence as their way to confirm the artists’ relationships.


The agency is actually not obligated to confirm or deny dating rumors because it’s literally the personal life of celebrities. Especially, interpreting the agency’s statement of “difficult to confirm” as a confirmation of a romance is an excessive behavior. In fact, Taeyang & Min Hyo Rin is the only couple that YG Entertainment has confirmed.

However, the issue this time has led to malicious comments towards Kang Dong-won. The 16-year age gap between the 42-year-old actor Kang Dong Won, born in 1981, and the 26-year-old singer Rosé, born in 1997, became a hot topic.


In the past, when older male celebrities were rumored to be dating younger women, they often faced negative comments. However, regardless of the age difference, all the celebrities ever embroiled in dating rumors, including Kang Dong Won and Rosé, are adults. If two adults have feelings for each other and date, the third party doesn’t have the right to judge or criticize them.

In the case of couples with women being much older than men, they don’t face malicious opinions at all. In addition to Lady Jane and Lim Hyun Tae, who recently announced their marriage, Gong Hyo Jin and Kevin Oh also overcame their 10-year age difference. Both couples received warm congratulations when they announced their relationships and marriage.

On the other hand, Kang Dong Won had to suffer all kinds of malicious comments just because he was rumored to be dating a younger woman. Only a few people tried to voice their opinions to defend the actor, saying “Even if they are really dating, it’s their choice. Why are you guys cursing him?”.


In the end, YG decided to change its position and stated, “Rosé’s dating rumor reported earlier today (April 17th) is not true”. This seems to be YG’s response to the harsh criticism that both Kang Dong Won, their former artist, and Rosé, who is currently under their management, were facing.

The age difference between lovers is something that the parties involved are well aware of, and there is nothing to raise issues about it. However, leaving hateful comments solely because of their large age gap is undoubtedly a problem. This dating rumor turned out to be groundless, but even if another star can overcome the large age gap and date, it should remain a private matter. Dating or marriage is not a crime.

Source: Xports News

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