Okay, it’s safe to say that the Twitter folks are collectively losing their minds for one reason: Kang Daniel and TWICE’s Jihyo are officially an item!
Earlier this morning, Korean media outlet Dispatch broke the news that the two K-pop stars were last seen on a date in the neighbourhood of Hannam-dong on 1 August and had reportedly began dating at the start of the year. Following the exclusive report, reps from both agencies, JYP Entertainment and KONNECT Entertainment, have since confirmed the news. And fans have taken to stan Twitter to react to the budding romance – here are some of the best ones we’ve dug out.
The ship has sailed, y’all.
— SOFIA (@__Sircastic) August 5, 2019
look at their little smiles :(( i’m so happy for jihyo and daniel. WE MUST PROTECT
— мєяυυ loves kim (@nochubunnies) August 5, 2019
So, uhh, has anyone thought of an OTP name for Daniel and Jihyo yet? Here’s a vote from us for NielHyo!
There are a few broken hearts…
me because kang daniel gets to date jihyo and i don’t pic.twitter.com/O2nR93etRz
— 𝐞𝐦𝐦𝐚 (@amorgukks) August 5, 2019
so i come back on to see that jihyo and daniel are dating which i’m very happy for them but i just went to his wikipedia page and the last sentence hshsjs i- pic.twitter.com/RDEkdJx944
— yoongles. (@bxngtxneun) August 5, 2019
Kang Daniel wore a scarf which was made especially by Jihyo (look at that same pattern she also gave to sana) He really is so lucky having a sweet gf we could ever wish pic.twitter.com/c8TFndtfxD
— 밍 (@minjoossama) August 5, 2019
Well, you can’t blame the fans for being a lil’ salty though – where else can you find a girlfriend who would personally knit a scarf for you? Jihyo’s a keeper!
But the biggest victim of all?
everyone is talking about how jihyo cheated on them but we need to think of the REAL victim here which is who daniel cheated on #staystrongmark
— jess 📌 (@ultsnghwa) August 5, 2019
— imani slut (@lfttitty) August 5, 2019
— ´ (@yunhiverse) August 5, 2019
… is NCT’s Mark, who is known for having a small boy crush on the ex Wanna One member after making a cameo on the variety show It’s Dangerous Beyond The Blankets starring Daniel. Concerned about his ‘broken heart’, fans went on to start the #staystrongmark hashtag – which became one of the top trending topics on Twitter alongside the search terms of ‘Jihyo’ and ‘Kang Daniel’.
Meanwhile, CEO Kang stays unbothered.
the way that kang daniel cant even get fired for dating jihyo since he’s his own boss. we love a powerful ceo 💆🏻♀️pic.twitter.com/6zb8ISVDmN
— nicole (@ktaejavu) August 5, 2019
In case you didn’t know, Daniel is the CEO of his own agency, KONNECT Entertainment, which he set up earlier in the year. Cue all the hilarious memes.
daniel: i will be in contact with my representative
daniel, after twirling his chair: i’m back from talking to my representative https://t.co/iIGEKsHChf
— lina (@eboyhanse) August 5, 2019
DANIEL: R U DATING JIHYO
DANIEL: *GETS UP AND GOES TO THE OTHER SEAT*
DANIEL: I-I…. LOOK BOSS
DANIEL: *GETS UP AND AGAIN AND GOES BACK TO HIS BOSS CHAIR*
DANIEL: I SAID. R U DATING JIHYO
— bao (@fairyworIds) August 5, 2019
Yep, this was definitely what went down in the KONNECT HQ.
Regardless of the comments, we’ve got to say that Daniel and Jihyo is arguably the most magical thing to ever happen in the K-idol world. Wanna One’s centre and TWICE’s leader? We stan a powerful couple.
Once again, huge congratulations to the two lovebirds!