It appears nine girls from TWICE can finally start dating openly ― if their singer-turned-K-pop guru boss keeps his words from three years ago when the girl band debuted.
Saturday marked the multinational band's third debut anniversary. When the stars debuted, JYP Entertainment CEO Park Jin-young banned them from dating so they could concentrate on performances and training.
The chaste management was revealed by the band's Japanese member Sana and Korean member Jeongyeon on an MBC talk show in 2016. They said, "Now just two years left."
In 2015, Park said on an MBC celebrity news show that he would even treat the stars' boyfriends if he saw one after the dating ban was over.
Consisting of three Japanese, one Taiwanese and five Koreans, the band said on its official Instagram page "twicetagram" on Sunday that members looked back on memories throughout the past three years during which they "learned a lot from each other, laughed and cried together." They also thanked their fans ONCE.
One of the high-profile K-pop girl bands active in Asia, TWICE will release its sixth mini-album "YES or YES" on Nov. 5, according to JYP.
Its anticipated new song, the same as the album's title, will be its 10th title song since debut. The band is looking for this be its 10th consecutive hit following "What is Love?" in April and "Dance the Night Away" in July this year.
Its music videos have drawn steady international attention. "Likey" surpassed 300 million views and "TT" 400 million views.