Black Pink have been one of the hottest acts in K-pop ever since they debuted last August, but for Melbourne-born member Rosé, it's been an astonishing culmination of the past 4 years, all of which began as a joke.
In a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Rosé revealed that it all started as a joke when her dad suggested that she take part in the YG Entertainment trainee auditions back in 2012. Saying that she had "always played music for more as a hobby," Rosé was surprised when she passed the audition and was soon on a plane to Seoul. For a young girl from Melbourne, this was a big moment and one she wouldn't have ever expected.
"In Australia, I didn't think that there was much of a chance for me to become a singer – especially to become a K-pop star ... I was living so far from the country that it never really occurred to me as a possibility."
When came next was four grueling years of vocal, dance, guitar, and language training, a period that Rosé describes as the "most challenging yet most life changing periods" of her life. Of course, what happened next has since been ingrained into K-pop history. Rosé and her fellow Black Pink members Lisa, Jennie, and Jisoo debuted in August 2016 to massive anticipation, and the girls duly delivered with a series of hit singles and a fanbase that is rapidly growing by the day.
With momentum on Black Pink's side, Rosé is hoping that the group's popularity will one day translate to the west so that she may hopefully perform back in her hometown.
"I'm just dreaming that one day I'll be able to come back to my home town and perform for everyone."
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