Hugh Grant, the renowned British actor, caused quite a stir among fans of the all-female K-pop band Blackpink when he revealed his love for the group. Grant, 62, took to Twitter to express his excitement about attending Blackpink’s live performance at London’s BST Hyde Park festival over the weekend. His tweet read, “Very grateful to three 11-year-olds for taking me to see @BLACKPINK yesterday. Am rabid Blink now. Slept with my heart hammer.”
In the K-pop world, fans of Blackpink are called “Blinks,” and they were overjoyed to learn that Grant had joined their ranks. His use of the term “heart hammer” referred to the iconic pink hammer-shaped light sticks, known as BI-Ping-Bong, that are waved by fans during Blackpink’s concerts. Fans couldn’t contain their excitement at the sight of Grant embracing their favorite group. One ecstatic concertgoer tweeted, “Hugh Grant is at Blackpink I’m dying,” while another expressed their astonishment at seeing Grant donning a Blackpink t-shirt at Hyde Park.
The unexpected endorsement from Grant sparked a frenzy on social media, with fans praising his taste in music and his recognition of Blackpink as one of the best K-pop groups. Supporters of the band hailed Grant’s presence at the concert as a dream come true, feeling like they were in a feverish state of disbelief. Some lucky attendees even captured footage of Grant enjoying the show and proudly sporting his Blackpink merchandise, which was shared on platforms like TikTok.
Blackpink, consisting of members Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rosé, achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first-ever K-pop band to headline a major music festival in the UK. They mesmerized a sold-out crowd of 65,000 fans with their electrifying performances of popular hits like “Pink Venom” and “How You Like That.” The historical significance of the moment, combined with Grant’s unexpected appearance, made the event all the more memorable for both the band and their dedicated fanbase.
In addition to his Blackpink revelation, Grant also spoke about the changing dynamics on film sets due to the omnipresence of mobile phones. Reflecting on his career, he lamented the loss of the camaraderie that would often develop among cast and crew members during earlier times, as everyone would engage in after-work activities and bond. Nowadays, he noted, people tend to retreat to their homes and spend their evenings scrolling through Twitter, creating a sense of sadness and disconnection.
Fans of Grant can look forward to seeing him in the upcoming film Wonka, set for release in December. The movie explores the early adventures of a young Willy Wonka and his encounter with the Oompa-Loompas. Grant will portray one of the Oompa-Loompas alongside Timothée Chalamet, who plays the brilliant chocolate factory owner. As Grant continues to captivate audiences with his versatile acting skills, his unexpected fandom for Blackpink adds another intriguing layer to his vibrant personality.