All K-Pop idols constantly face the scrutiny of netizens who focus on everything idols say and do. This intense focus on every aspect of an idol’s life allows netizens to praise and criticize any and everything about these celebrities.
One idol that has always faced severe scrutiny from netizens and the media is BLACKPINK‘s Jennie.
She also has received intense criticism. For instance, although fans of Jennie use the title “Ice Princess” to compliment her elegant, sharp features, some have tried to use the name to portray Jennie as being cold and rude.
Jennie has opened up in the past about how netizens have many misconceptions about her, like how her genuine shyness led to this sort of criticism from netizens.
Nowadays, I realize I have to [say hello], otherwise it’s gonna come off wrong, so I’ve broken out of that shell.
Even as a trainee, Jennie often heard that she looked “pissed off” despite simply standing nearby. While it initially hurt her feelings, she has now learned to use it as motivation.
When I was a trainee, I often heard, ‘Why does Jennie always look pissed?’ At the time, that hurt my feelings. I’m not pissed. I’m just shy in front of other people. Rather than being hurt, I accept it and try harder next time.
In a recent interview with ELLE, Jennie corrected another common misconception about her, revealing how she actually feels during interviews in English.
Jennie is fluent in English and Korean after living in New Zealand. This allows the talented idol to often speak in English during interviews, where she always looks poised and confident. However, despite the impression she gives fans while speaking in English, Jennie admits that she actually “[gets] really shy.”
[The biggest thing most people don’t know about me is] that I get really shy when I’m speaking English and when I’m doing interviews.
Even while answering the question for ELLE in a seemingly relaxed manner, Jennie explains that she usually feels like she’s “literally shaking inside” when doing interviews.
I don’t think people realize how nervous I am inside and I’m actually literally shaking inside.
Which, of course, given her immense professionalism, fans would have never known.
But yeah, try to keep it cool.
You can read more common misconceptions about BLACKPINK here.