K-Pop is full of conspiracy theories, but one of the wildest ones claims that Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon and EXO‘s Baekhyun‘s relationship was about as real as this fan-created couple photo.
The stars’ agency, SM Entertainment, allegedly orchestrated the entire romance to cover up several rumors and scandals happening at the time.
People didn't accept it because it was a media play by SM to cover Kriss issue.Baekhyun and Teyeon never dated for real.Taeyeon even had a lover during that time.Idols are puppet of big companies.They sign contract like this before their debute.Both Baek and tae had to suffer.😢
— ExOnly💗 (@RBidita) April 5, 2018
Can we just accept the fact that Baekhyun and Taeyeon never dated bcs the scandal was a set up and move on? Their friendship is cuter HELLO
— 'ㅅ' (@yeolspuppy) September 24, 2017
taeyeon and baekhyun have never dated each other lmao it was to cover scandals
— lou (@iamcalledlou) July 1, 2017
Some netizens believe that SM Entertainment was trying to combat rumors about Taeyeon being a lesbian.
Others believe that the relationship was made up to divert media attention away from Kris’s EXO departure.
Conspiracy theories like this are generally baseless, but what makes this one especially interesting are the staff notes supposedly leaked in 2012. These notes allegedly detailed the long-term business plans for EXO that included the couple’s relationship.
Shortly after the leak, these notes seem to have completely vanished!
Baekhyun and Taeyeon’s relationship isn’t the only one netizens believe SM Entertainment used as a cover up. Some netizens say that the romance between f(x)‘s Krystal and EXO’s Kai was also a sham.
Conspiracists claim Krystal’s and Kai’s relationship was used to draw attention to SM Entertainment, to boost the buzz surrounding NCT‘s debut.
Wait…did Kai and Krystal dating get revealed right before NCT's debut to give their fandom and extra push…is that too conspiracy theory?
— Siobhan 美慧/은혜 #iKON (@Hipployta) April 4, 2016
I cant help but think that sm is releasing kai x krystal so that fans will move on to nct? Conspiracy idk.
— Vee (@chewykyu) April 4, 2016
Going to such lengths to promote a new group or, in Taeyeon’s and Baekhyun’s case, covering up a scandal, may seem crazy, but then again…
…maybe that’s what SM Entertainment wants you to think!