ENHYPEN’s Jake Directly Addresses The Rumors Of “Itaewon Hunting” And BELIFT LAB Also Releases A Statement

Fans are supporting Jake but are still frustrated with BELIFT LAB.

Fans of ENHYPEN have been continually voicing their frustration with BELIFT LAB for not doing enough to protect Jake‘s privacy. First, fans were concerned about two older women’s treatment of the idol during KCON 2022‘s hi-touch event.

Jake | @ENHYPEN_members/Twitter

But fans grew more concerned as a rumor circulated about Jake allegedly approaching girls on the street, asking for a cigarette lighter.

In the now-deleted tweet, a Korean netizen tweeted pictures of a man in a plaid shirt talking to girls in the Itaewon area of Seoul. The netizen alleged that the man was Jake and that he was asking for a cigarette lighter as a way of “picking up girls.” Netizens scrutinized his alleged actions, believing that this sort of behavior is unacceptable from idols.

But other netizens immediately came to Jake’s defense, pointing out that the pictures appeared to be edited.

And others pointed out that it’s unlikely ENHYPEN’s managers would allow this type of behavior from their idols.

Regardless of the validity of the rumors, netizens were mainly concerned with the invasion of privacy and the lack of support from BELIFT LAB.

Recently, to further disprove the rumors, Jake himself took to Weverse to talk to fans. First, the idol posted a heartfelt message to fans, expressing his gratitude for their support.

And then he commented on fans’ posts, including one about his alleged “Itaewon hunting.”

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Fan: Jake is the Itaweon hunting for real?

Jake: No, it’s not. I hope you believe me.

Fans were impressed that Jake answered the question, clearing his own name even though his company hadn’t taken action yet.

Although shortly after, BELIFT LAB released a statement about protecting their artists against malicious rumors.


Our company has been taking stern measures and continuing legal proceedings against perpetrators of malicious activities and posts targeting ENHYPEN, including defamation through spreading groundless information, insults, sexual harassement, invasion of privacy and ill-intended criticism. We monitor and collect malicious activities, posts and comments 24/7/365 to submit them when filing criminal complaints, regardless of when the company notices on legal actions are posted or malicious posts and/or comments are written targeting the artists.

The malicious postings made up to now targeting ENHYPEN have been already under police investigation and those to file criminal complaints against are continuously being monitored.

We ask you to report any malicious posts and comments to the official BELIFT LAB email hotline for legal affairs (protect@belift.kr).

Our company plans to continue to take strict legal actions against any malicious posts and comments, especially including spread of false information, that infringe upon the honor, dignity and all other legitimate rights of our artists. No settlements or leniency will be extended to the perpetrators of such actions. We ask you not to spread or circulate any false information and claims.

We will continue to work to ensure that the rights of our artists are fully protected.

Thank you.


Many fans were displeased with BELIFT LAB’s response, deeming it too late.

While other fans pointed out that it’s good that Jake directly addressed the allegations since BELIFT LAB’s statement could have been misconstrued.

Regardless of the company’s actions, fans are glad that Jake could clear his name and are voicing their support of the idol.

You can read more about the incident here.

Netizens Defend ENHYPEN Jake’s Privacy Following Rumors Sparked By A Now-Deleted Tweet

Source: Weverse