The K-pop girl group Blackpink is at the top of their game. They’re megastars: the most popular girl group in the entire world. Not only are they the most-followed act on YouTube, but they’re the first K-pop girl group to sell a million records, and even the South Korean president counts himself among their stans.
It’s hardly a time to talk about the group ending. But there’s nothing people want to talk about more when you’re at the top of your game than what it could look like to have it all end. In an interview with Rolling Stone, singer Rosé — known as the one with the “golden voice,” was asked if she ever imagines life after Blackpink.
Obviously, this is a question that’s impossible to answer, especially since being in a girl group involves the opinions of all its members. But Rosé gave a democratic and sweet answer that speaks to the enduring nature of the group and their influence on each other’s lives.
“I think about it,” the singer responded. “But I don’t think it will be over. Blackpink is family forever. I grew up with them. They’re a part of me. I don’t think it’ll ever end. It’s dumb of me to ever worry about that or think about it. But you know, when something is so good and you love it so much, you always think of that side, because you don’t want to lose it.”
The group has no plans to split up, by the way. But Rosé has released music as a solo artist. In 2021, she released the single “On the Ground,” off her solo release R, which made her the first K-pop soloist to top both Billboard‘s Global 200 and Global 22 exc. U.S. charts.
For Rosé, vulnerability is key to the success of her music. The singer even shed a tear while talking about it during her interview. “In the past, if I felt nervous, it’d burden me so much, because you just want to be relaxed, right? ... [T]o be nervous about something, to really care about something, is what makes life so interesting and fun,” she said. “Why am I crying? Oh, my God, so weird. I’m so sorry. I hate myself for this, this is so funny. This is so weird. Oh, my God. What made me think that?”
Rosé has long been obsessed with her craft. While growing up, she’d play piano and sing so frequently into the late hours of the night that her family members would discuss whose turn it was to tell her to stop. She tells Rolling Stone: “They would roll their eyes: ‘Oh, God, she doesn’t know how to stop.’ I didn’t know about that! They didn’t tell me. I mean, it’s so nice if you think about it. Thank you for not crushing my dreams of becoming a superstar.”