Baekhyun and Taeyeon are one couple whose romance could rival that of a soap opera. The two k-pop idols first started dating in June 2014 but broke up in September 2015. Since then, there have been rumors that they are back together. There have also been conspiracy theories that these two never dated; and that their previous relationship was a fake romance contrived by their record label to get them better media coverage. So, what is the real truth about this couple? Did they actually date? Are they back together? All these and more posers are answered below.
Who are Baekhyun and Taeyeon?
Baekhyun and Taeyeon are two famous k-pop singers. They both belong to popular bands and also have thriving solo careers. For instance, Baekhyun is a member of the hugely successful boy band, EXO. EXO debuted in 2012 and has released several hit singles and albums. They have also received numerous accolades including five consecutive albums of the year awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards. Taeyeon, on the other hand, is a member of the famous girl group known as Girls’ Generation. Girls’ Generation has released several chart-topping albums and singles. They have also won several awards and have been described as the “Asian version of Spice Girls.
Baekhyun and Taeyeon first met each other in 2011. At that time, the former was just a freshly-recruited trainee of SM while the latter was already part of SM girl group, Girls Generation. Despite the difference in status, the two became friends. Taeyeon was especially impressed with Baekhyun’s hardworking and patient nature, and took him under her wings. The friendship between the two singers blossomed until February 2014 when they commenced their romance.
Prior to the official confirmation of Baekhyun and Taeyeon’s romance, rumors had already started swirling about them. Some vigilant fans spotted the two wear matching items such as bracelets, sunglasses, and headphones. There were also cryptic messages posted by the two on their Instagram pages. The whole drama further reached a frenzied pitch after Dispatch Magazine published photos of the two going on several dates.
Reactions to Baekhyun and Taeyeon’s Romance
Following the news reports, SM Entertainment officially released a statement confirming that their two idols were dating. They also indicated that the two singers initially started out as friends but subsequently developed feelings for each other. This official confirmation sparked an online storm as fans of both singers attacked them on social media. Taeyeon particularly received some vicious bashing from EXO’s fangirls.
These negative reactions led both singers to release individual apologies to their fans. In her statement, Taeyeon apologized for shocking her fans. She also stated that she never meant to mock them with some of her online posts. Baekhyun, on his own part, apologized to his fans for the pain and disappointment that he caused them. He declared that EXO was precious to him and that he would always strive to do his best on stage. After the whole brouhaha died down, Baekhyun and Taeyeon continued their relationship but eventually broke up in 2015 September.
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Are They Back Together?
The answer to this puzzle is neither here nor there. Even though the two k-pop idols have yet to confirm any renewed romance, there have been rumors linking them together. Several sources have suggested that they are back together as a result of their Instagram posts. For instance, in May 2018, Taeyeon used her Instagram handle to enquire whether she should do her homework first or procrastinate it. Two days later, Baekhyun took to his own Instagram to share a post that talked about procrastinated homework. This sent the rumor mill into overdrive with many holding the post as evidence that the two are back together.
Meanwhile, there is another school of thought who believes that the couple’s first relationship was fake. According to them, the romance was orchestrated by SM Entertainment in order to cover up the scandals that the label was battling at that time. One of them was the rumor that Taeyeon was a lesbian while another was a lawsuit instituted against SM by former EXO member, Kris. This theory was further confirmed after a leaked SM staff note from 2012 showed that the label’s long-term plans included a romance between Baekhyun and Taeyeon. We may actually never know the truth about the relationship between these two singers. One thing that is however for sure is that this saga is not going away any time soon.