New K-pop girl group Lapillus, whose members include half-Pinay actress Chantal Videla (now called Chanty), recently dropped their debut single "Hit Ya!". Their fun music video immediately made waves online, prompting many Filipinos to wonder why Chanty decided to become a K-pop idol. Apparently, her interest in the industry began when fellow Star Magic actresses Belle Mariano and Charlie Dizon first introduced her to K-pop!
"Throughout my training years [in Star Magic], I had a couple of friends and they were really big fans of K-pop. That's where I got introduced [to] K-pop as well as K-dramas. One of the remarkable friends who were really into K-pop is, I would say, Belle Mariano, as well as Charlie Dizon," she said during a press conference, adding that they loved listening to BTS and BLACKPINK.
"[BTS and BLACKPINK] were like one of the first groups that caught my attention. I was fascinated by their performance, their stages. That's where I started this wild dream of becoming a K-pop idol," she explained. From there, Chanty trained with MLD Entertainment after getting referred by a family friend.
ICYDK, Chanty, Belle, and Charlie were all Star Magic Circle talents from 2018 to 2019. Charlie also used to be a K-pop idol trainee before she decided to pursue acting in the Philippines.
Although Chanty has a bright future ahead of her in South Korea, we're still hoping to see her reunite with Belle and Charlie in the future. In the meantime, we’ll be supporting Lapillus' new song:
This article originally appeared on Candymag.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.