Last month, many K-pop fans were overjoyed to hear that Taeyang of BigBang is expecting a baby with his wife, Min Hyo-rin.
He’s the latest in a string of K-pop stars who have recently either had a baby or are expecting one – signalling a new phase in their lives as they start their own families.
So, which K-idols have had babies recently?
BigBang’s Taeyang and Min Hyo-rin are expecting a baby. Photo: @__youngbae___/Instagram
BigBang’s main vocalist Taeyang, or Dong Young-bae, recently confirmed that he’s expecting a baby with his wife Min Hyo-rin. The couple met on the set of his music video for 1am and have been married since 2018. Many VIPs (members of Bigbang’s official fan club) congratulated the couple on social media.
Taeyang and Min Hyo-rin’s wedding was attended by many K-pop idols. Photo: @lyuhYuh/Twitter
Twitter user @kwnjyongg said: “A little ray of sunshine is on its way. VIPs rise!!!!!! Congratulations to Taeyang and Hyorin!!! Youngbae with his dad jokes is really going to be a dad soon.”
Bobby from iKon made a surprise announcement on Instagram in August. Photo: @jzzzindaeyo/Twitter
In August, fans were shocked when K-pop star Bobby of iKon announced in a handwritten note on Instagram that he was getting married and expecting a child. It caused controversy among fans, as many did not know that he was in a relationship.
K-pop star Bobby is known to be fond of children. Photo: @bobbyindaeyo/Instagram
Despite this initial reaction, many rejoiced when Bobby’s fiancée gave birth to a baby boy in September. Clips of Bobby babysitting his nephew Raon circulated on the internet too, showing that he was fit to become a good father.
Exo’s Chen announced that he was getting married and having a baby in January 2020. Photo: SM Entertainment
Bobby was not the only idol whose pregnancy announcement was steeped in controversy. When Chen of Exo revealed in January 2020 that he was getting married with a child on the way, he received backlash from fans – who even called for him to leave his group.
Exo’s Chen is a busy dad, even at work. Photo: @real_.pcy____/Instagram
But many others continued to support the star, even holding streaming parties to drown out negative comments about the news. The couple eventually had their baby girl in April. To celebrate, Exo fans made the hashtag #WelcomeExoPrincess trend worldwide on social media.
T-ara’s Areum ended up having her wedding earlier than she had planned due to her pregnancy. Photo: @for_areum/Twitter
Areum of T-ara was already engaged when she found out that she was expecting a baby with her fiancé, businessman Kim Yong-geol. As a result, the couple moved their wedding to an earlier date in October 2019 instead of the originally planned event in February 2020.
She gave birth in May 2020 via C-section, according to Soompi. She documented her experience on Instagram, saying: “This is the start for our family of three. My loving family. The two men I love. Honey, you did well too. Our baby. You went through so much. I love you.”
J.Y. Park, the CEO of JYP Entertainment, has two children. Photo: @pafe184/Twitter
JYP founder and co-CEO, Park Jin-young, also welcomed a bundle of joy recently. In March 2020, he announced that his wife gave birth to their second daughter – the couple’s second child in two years, according to Soompi.
To celebrate, he posted an adorable photo of his daughter’s feet, saying, “I was just given a beautiful little girl. Two years in a row, and now I became a father of two girls.”Internet Explorer Channel Network