Though there is a huge stigma against the LGBTQIA+ community in South Korea, many entertainers today have bravely been open about their sexuality.
While it is rarer for K-Pop idols to admit they are gay, that isn’t to say there have not been any, like HOLLAND, who has been open about it since his debut.
Among the groups that debuted in K-Pop’s third generation, one stood out for having two members who were said to be in a relationship.
In 2016, the boy group D.I.P debuted 2016 as a six-membered boy group under Inter B.D Entertainment.
While they were a little lesser known, two members quickly caught the notice of netizens for a declaration made during a live stream. Members B.Nish and Seungho admitted to having been in a relationship with each other for years.
Though the group would go on to disband in 2018, it does not seem it was caused by B.Nish and Seungho‘s reveal, like in the case of K’Pop.
According to his Instagram profile, Seungho seems to have gone the educational route after D.I.P’s disbandment, working as a vocal coach and wedding singer.
Seungho also spends time in Turkey and posts content on his YouTube and TikTok accounts in Turkish.
B.Nish would go on to debut in another group called XENEX in 2020. At this time, the group’s company shared an official notice about B.Nish and Seungho’s supposed relationship, saying they were “just close colleagues.”
-XENEX’s Official Statement regarding of false rumors about ‘Bon’-
Hello to all the XENEX ‘s fans from all over the world.
First of all , we want to thank you so much for being great fans to XENEX.
The reason why we are leaving this message is to correct some false rumors pic.twitter.com/YQU3Yc5f12
— xenex_official (@xenex_official) March 9, 2020
Unfortunately, a year into his new career, B.Nish would be forced to leave the group due to a ruptured neck disk. These days, B.Nish is active on YouTube and Instagram, sharing daily updates and song covers.
At the time, some fans believed the post made by XENEX was not true, but either way, it appears the two are no longer in contact with each other publicly.