SHINee’s Taemin has sent fans into a frenzy after sharing unexplained images of two children on his Instagram stories. The 27-year-old singer has been patiently awaiting his comeback with the other group he is a member of, Super-M, while also reuniting with SHINee member Onew following the latter’s return from his mandatory military enlistment. And as fans geared up for either a Super-M or a SHINee comeback in some form or the other, it appears Taemin subverted everyone’s expectations with his confusing IG update.
“PEOPLE?? Taemin updated his stories with photos and emojis of twins and leaves fandom Shawol without understanding anything. What will be next?” asked one evidently puzzled fan. “Is Taemin suddenly gonna drop that he’s a father or smth wtf what is w his IG story!!!!!” tweeted another. One fan quipped, “Taemin really just said I have two kids on his story and acted like everybody would be like oh! yeah [thumbs up],” while another predicted, “Taemin’s kids boutta come save the entertainment industry.”
Some cited that a wild 2020 was to blame for the shocking “news” while many others began speculating that Taemin was declaring himself a “family man”. Others let their ship flags fly, naming members of SHINee and Super-M as “fathers” to Taemin’s children, with one fan joking, “Taemin’s pregnancy trending on [Twitter] after 5 secs is what he deserves.” Some fans were unimpressed that the children were very obviously Caucasian, however, since Taemin himself is South Korean.
“Taemin HAD to search ‘white kids’… I mean on Naver wouldn’t Korean kids come up if you just search ‘kids’ ddksmsh Idk,” tweeted one fan. Another asked, “Does Taemin want white kids,” while one fan stated, “I forgot Taemin loves [White] girls.” Perhaps that explains why the singer chose to post the photo with absolutely no context, as one fan noted, “Taemin really just posted some white kids and DIPPED he knew we would go off on his *ss.”
Mostly, however, Shawols have taken the opportunity to turn the confusing story into a new meme. One fan shared, “TAEMIN PREGNANT IS THE FUNNIEST THING THAT’S HAPPENED TO THE TL IN AWHILE,” while another tweeted, “The way I just got on here to see y’all saying that Taemin is pregnant,” along with an image of Squidward hanging his head in shame. Others, however, thought the situation was totally impossible, stating, “Ain’t no way in hell Taemin got pregnant before anyone else in SHINee,” as well as musing, “How can Taemin be pregnant that man is 4 years old.” For Shawols who were expecting a comeback anytime soon, seeing the idol trending was both startling and disappointing. One fan shared, “Taemin is trending for reasons I did not expect logging on.”
Some fans are certain, however, that Taemin is actually teasing an upcoming project. One fan shared, “Watch Taemin’s story be a clear spoiler to his comeback teaser or smthn and we’re all just dumb,” while another said, “Taemin is coming back so plz look forward to it while being curious about what is happening.” Other fans are expecting something entirely different: a collaboration with Oh My Girl. “Yooa Taemin dance collab there has to be a reason why they met up, she dyed her hair and then Taemin posted that. THERE HAS TO BE,” tweeted one fan.
One Shawol highlighted the most important part of this whole spectacle. Their tweet read, “But honestly, aside from joking about the situation. If there was actually sth that’s related to him dating or having kids soon, I hope that ppl would be supportive. Taemin is a great person & he deserves to be loved & respected.”