What is the bar in the room? Pentagon Wooseok and fromis_9 labels deny members drinking alcohol, call it ‘baseless’

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Over the past two days, there have been a lot of dating rumors surrounding K-pop idols. Whether it’s ITZY’s Ryujin, who is rumored to be dating NCT’s Haechan, or Winner’s Seungyoon, who is in a seemingly public relationship with YG Entertainment’s rookie idol Moon Jihyo. With no truth or explanation to the rumors, K-pop fans have found themselves in the midst of a brand new rumor over the past few hours.

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On August 18, photos of “eyewitness” fans made the rounds online. According to these photos, fans claimed that four fromis_9 members were seen hanging out in Hongdae, Seoul, alongside Pentagon boy band Wooseok. The issue became sensational after it was reported by the same fans that the five idols went to a bar in the area. Not only that, but it was also alleged that the idols indulged in heavy drinking and adding fuel to the fire, Wooseok was also spotted smoking an e-cigarette.

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What is a bedroom bar?

The five idols were rumored to have visited a bar in Hongdae, a bar where Pentagon’s Wooseok was spotted smoking. Room bars in South Korea mean a private area or room where alcohol is served to guests. Since the space is free of access to the public, guests can indulge in the activities of their choice without fear of being attracted by the public. Being associated with a place like a bedroom bar is generally frowned upon in the Korean community. And when it comes to associating K-pop idols with a place of such reputation, the outrage is amplified.

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Korean media shut down rumor about Pentagon’s Wooseok and fromis_9

After being called out by fans for making up a false rumor, the OP (original poster) provided “evidence” in the form of photos to point out that the fromis_9 girls were hanging out with Wooseok at a bedroom bar. Some of the OP’s claims were claimed with Jisun’s post from fromis_9 who posted a photo of the four girl group members. In the photos from Jisun’s photo booth, fans could spot the fromis_9 members wearing the same outfits OP spotted.

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Shortly after the rumor started getting a lot of attention among fans, both Pledis Entertainment and Cube Entertainment provided their statements regarding the rumor. Pentagon agency Cube Entertainment denied the rumor that Wooseok had never been there that day and had not contacted any member of the girl group. They said, “That’s baseless. Wooseok wasn’t there at the time. He also didn’t contact anyone from fromis_9. He never met them that day or any other day.” Pledis Entertainment also pointed out that the girls fromis_9 visited Hongdae but did not indulge in drinking or visit a bar elsewhere.

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