Ever since HYBE Labels‘ newest girl group, NewJeans, debuted, fans have expressed their uncertainty and discomfort about the maknae, Hyein‘s, young age.
Born on April 21, 2008, she turned 14 just a few months ago. And while she’s certainly not the first K-Pop idol to debut at 14 — in fact, there are actually several — the group’s management was met with controversy due to the potentially “suggestive” lyrics of some of their songs (which they recently made a statement about).
Despite all of this, NewJeans has already been making waves in the K-Pop industry, and the members of the group are undeniably talented, so it’s well-deserved!
Recently, though, a post on Reddit made the revelation of just how young Hyein is when compared to other K-Pop groups — specifically, Girls’ Generation.
Titled “SNSD‘s existence is longer than NewJeans Hyein’s…”, the post shares the author’s shock to discover that Girls’ Generation debuted nearly a year before Hyein was even born!
The second-generation girl group debuted on August 5, 2007, which was about 8 months before Hyein’s birthday. And Girls’ Generation did just celebrate their 15th anniversary since debut, while Hyein recently celebrated her 14th birthday!
People in the comments are sharing their own thoughts on the subject, which range from disbelief and shock to examples of other similar age differences in K-Pop.
How do you feel knowing this information now?