Following the controversies of SM’s idols, on Korean online forums, there have been suspicions that Joy’s dating was exposed to protect Lucas.
At the end of August, Kpop fans were taken aback by the news involving two popular SM idols, Joy (Red Velvet) and Lucas (NCT). These news have greatly affected their own and also the groups’ images. What caught the attention of netizens was the timing of Joy’s dating news and Lucas’s gaslighting scandal, leading to a “conspiracy theory” about whether SM used Joy’s dating news to cover up the shocking scandal involving Lucas, one of the most biased members in NCT?
Specifically, on the morning of August 23, the well-known Korean news site Sports Chosun exclusively reported that Joy, one of the most popular Red Velvet members is dating the talented male singer Crush. Accordingly, the two have had feelings for each other since collaborating on the song “Mayday” released in May 2020.
Coincidentally, 2 following days in a row, on August 24 and August 25, another idol under SM Ent, Lucas, has taken the social media by storm.
Accordingly, the male idol’s secret romantic relationships with fans were constantly exposed by his “ex-girlfriend club”. Not only were the screenshots of text messages published, sensitive pictures of Lucas drinking with his girlfriend or sleeping were also spread on social media platforms. Moreover, the accusers also revealed that the NCT member often badmouthed his fans and colleagues, had sexual intercourse with female fans, cheated on his girlfriends,…
Because the breaking scandal of one of NCT‘s most famous members, Lucas, and Joy‘s dating news took place almost at the same time, some netizens could not help but suspect that Joy‘s dating was exposed to cover up for Lucas. A netizen uploaded a post on this matter on the Korean forum Pann and received many views and comments to discuss this “conspiracy theory”.
In response to this theory, Knets left comments:
– Why are the comments so negative? This is totally possible. In the world of politics, this is extremely common.
– But how important is Lucas for them to cover him up with Joy like that? I don’t care about idols but I only found out about NCT when Lucas’s news broke out. Is he that important to SM?
– This makes no sense.
– If they wanted to bury Lucas’s scandal, they should have let him be exposed first. Also, SM knows about all the rumors in the entertainment industry, why would they release Joy’s dating news right in the middle of Red Velvet’s promotion?
– In terms of popularity, Joy is way above Lucas.
Although this theory seems very convincing at first because these two scandals surfaced almost at the same time. However, SM is still one of the three biggest entertainment companies in Korea, next to YG and JYP, so a big company using dating news of a more famous senior to cover a junior’s scandal up doesn’t make much sense. The consequences of these two scandals clearly had an impact on both Joy and Lucas. Red Velvet, NCT and SM were also affected. There is no reason for the company to “sacrifice” that much. Therefore, this theory is only based on a personal point of view, Knets have been extremely alert to refute this rumor.