Korean girl group BLACKPINK concluded their first tour of Australia in Sydney on Saturday night.
And singer Rosé, who was raised in Melbourne, took the opportunity to pay tribute to her thousands of Australian fans.
The 22-year-old, whose real name is Roseanne Park, told concertgoers she was ‘having the time of [her] life’ in her home country.
‘This is very, very special to me’: Australian K-pop superstar Rosé became emotional on stage during her first tour of her home country with girl group BLACKPINK on Saturday night
She said it felt ‘very, very special’ to be performing in Sydney, a place she visited often with her South Korean immigrant parents and older sister during her childhood.
‘Sydney, this [is the] place that me and my dad and my mum and sister used to come and hang out,’ she said.
‘To be honest, being back here on tour, marks the first time I am performing here. So it feels very familiar. But also very different.’
Homecoming: The 22-year-old, whose real name is Roseanne Park, told concertgoers she was ‘having the time of her life’ in her home country. Pictured: Rosé, Lisa Manoban, and Jennie Kim
During BLACKPINK’s show, Rosé also delighted fans by encouraging her Thai-born bandmate Lisa Manoban to speak in an Australian accent.
‘I’m so nervous, I don’t know why!’ said Lisa as the crowd cheered.
‘That’s because this is where your Australian accent is put to test!’ replied Rosé, who speaks with an Aussie twang naturally due to her upbringing.
During BLACKPINK’s show, Rosé (right) also delighted fans by encouraging her Thai-born bandmate Lisa Manoban (left) to speak in an Australian accent
‘Lisa, show them your amazing Australian accent!’ she continued.
Clearly embarrassed, Lisa sheepishly replied ‘no’ in her best Australian accent, before fanning her face as she started to blush.
The day before the concert, both Lisa and Rosé were spotted shopping for makeup at a Myer department store in Sydney.
Strike a pose! Although the group is based in South Korean, Rosé was born in New Zealand and raised primarily in Melbourne. Pictured: Lisa, Jennie, and Kim Ji-Soo
The pair visited a Tom Ford booth, before Rosé was later seen entering a nearby Mecca store.
Although the group is based in South Korea, Rosé was born in New Zealand and raised primarily in Melbourne.
She was still a teenager attending Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College when she was discovered by talent scouts for Korean entertainment agency YG Entertainment.
Retail therapy! The day before the concert, Lisa and Rosé were spotted shopping for makeup at a Myer department store in Sydney
She then relocated to Seoul, where she took singing, dancing, and language lessons for several years before debuting with BLACKPINK in late 2016.
BLACKPINK are currently one of the biggest pop acts in the world, racking up billions of views on YouTube and attracting over 80 million followers on Instagram alone.
Their most recent album, Kill This Love, reached No. 24 on America’s Billboard 200 and No. 18 on Australia’s ARIA chart.
They’re a big deal! BLACKPINK are currently one of the biggest pop acts in the world, racking up billions of views on YouTube and attracting over 80 million followers on Instagram alone