Netizens recently came to aespa Giselle‘s defense after an off-hand remark about her family gained attention.
Due to how open many K-Pop idols can be about their lives, it can sometimes feel like fans know everything about their faves. Aespa’s Giselle is one such idol, known for not limiting her thoughts or feelings when talking to fans.
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— —𝒎. (@aespanim) September 1, 2022
However, it is possible not to know particular aspects of a person’s life, especially if no topics surrounding them have come up or they are mundane. Giselle recently revealed an aspect of her life that inspired a surprising reaction from netizens.
As part of Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians series, aespa were interviewed by Canadian musician Grimes. Fans have enjoyed content from the interview, as the musical acts are fans of each other.
aespa and Grimes for Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians Issue
👤: What’s your favorite techno right now?
NINGNING: Grimes 💁🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/allI4iaNGe
— 🌸 (@yizhuo1st) October 24, 2023
During a now-deleted portion of the video, Giselle talks about how she was introduced to Grimes, mentioning that her stepfather brought some of her artwork. She then explains the different styles of artwork she saw, showing fans a cool connection between the artists.
It's so cool that Giselle got to know of Grimes through her stepfather showing Grimes' artwork to her pic.twitter.com/y2IeVksUnf
— Jean (@foraespa1117) October 26, 2023
However, instead of focusing on the point of her comment, many were surprised by Giselle’s admission that she had a stepfather and focused on that detail instead.
ohh?? this one shock me ngl https://t.co/C4cT0uCMzq
— dy (@aerinabluu) October 26, 2023
— Ynna 🖤✨ (@ynnabellsss) October 26, 2023
ohh she have a step-father??? https://t.co/91gKb0oyZo
— ji ☆ (@huangwapo) October 27, 2023
While divorce is something that is looked down upon in many cultures, according to the American Psychological Association, approximately 40-50% of first marriages end in divorce. Many countries worldwide report a divorce rate of at least 30%, meaning remarriage is not something uncommon.
Netizens responded to this shock, stating there was nothing wrong with having a stepfather or any mixed family and to respect Giselle by not making it into a big deal.
why are you guys telling her to delete like having a stepfather is something shameful https://t.co/m2LY00GrjV
— sade (@aespalert) October 26, 2023
Watched this 3 times trying to figure out why people were upset and let me tell you her having a stepfather did not cross my mind once https://t.co/hKbTVwtEIu
— 🆗️ (@sruvivethenight) October 27, 2023
some ppl in the qrts be freaking out abt giselle and his stepfather. if she’s comfortable as she mentioned him, then so be it.
we all have different types of families and diff relationships to them. stop analysing other people’s families ‘cause you’re not in the place to do so. https://t.co/r2z5QfxPKf
— shan ˚◞♡ (@khanea_) October 27, 2023
Others even referenced NCT127′s docuseries The Lost Boys, where several members reflected on problems from their past involving their families in a way few idols have done before.
people thinking this is scandalous or unconventional would be SO affected by the NCT 127 documentary,,,, no because people have different types of families, different experiences, different relationships with their parents, and it is NOT our place to analyse any of those. https://t.co/aEa59gLO7g
— kimi (@90zL0VE) October 27, 2023
Giselle has a loving and supportive family, which you can read more about below.