On January 18th, a Japanese media outlet made headlines with a report that LE SSERAFIM’s Kim Chaewon was dating a “former rapper with flower boy visuals”. The news was based on an alleged photo that was uploaded by a male SNS user, who claimed that the photo was of him and his girlfriend, Kim Chaewon.
However, fans were quick to spot the truth and debunked the report in a matter of hours. They found the original photo of Kim Chaewon, posing with her fellow member Sakura, proving that the photo reported by the Japanese media outlet was indeed photoshopped.
This incident raises some important questions about the ethics of reporting and the responsibility of media outlets to verify the authenticity of information before publishing it. In this case, the media outlet failed to fact-check and verify the information, which led to the spread of false information and confusion among fans.
In addition, some fans contacted the SNS user in question for a direct response from the individual. The SNS user stated, “All of the photos I posted were photoshopped..? I’m just an ordinary fan,” once again dismissing the LE SSERAFIM member’s dating report. This further confirms that the news was not only fabricated but also spread on purpose, which is a serious breach of the trust and privacy of the artist.
This incident serves as a reminder to be cautious of the information we consume and the sources we trust. It also highlights the importance of fact-checking and verifying news before it is reported. It’s essential to avoid spreading false information and causing harm to people’s reputations and personal lives.