What better way to kickstart 2019 than some red-hot dating news in K-town? The newest power couple of the year is none other than two of the trendiest idols in the scene, EXO’s Kai and BLACKPINK’s Jennie!
In news that shook the entertainment industry earlier this morning, Korean media outlet Dispatch (a domestic tabloid notorious for its annual tradition of exposing celebrity couples to the public every 1st Jan, the previous victims being BIGBANG’s G-Dragon and former After School member Jooyeon) revealed that the two stars have been dating in secret since October.
According to the report, the pair was recently spotted holding hands on a date at a park in Seoul. In addition, Dispatch claims that Kai’s seemingly unassuming Instagram post on 25 November was actually a photo taken by his new bae, Jennie.
Following the shocking revelation, SM Entertainment confirmed that the two indeed have “positive feelings” towards each other – and fans on Twitter exploded over the budding romance. Check out some of the best reactions below:
okay if it’s true, damn kai. first, krystal. now, jennie. TASTE.
— ً (@realminoya) January 1, 2019
What else can we say, dude sure knows how to get ’em girls. And in case you didn’t know, Kai and Krystal of f(x) were previously an item. They’ve split in 2017.
jennie 2018: solo
jennie 2019: taken
a character development.
— tiny mafia boss (@wondeukist) January 1, 2019
For the uninitiated, Jennie just wrapped up promotions for her solo debut track ‘SOLO’. Looks like she ain’t a shining solo anymore!
them inkigayo sandwiches be hitting huh https://t.co/KMVyTmwa4q
— 𝕕𝕖𝕖° (@tropicaInightz) January 1, 2019
Gotta thank those Inkigayo sandwiches!
Here’s the TL;DR: BIGBANG’s Seungri, who ironically happens to be Jennie’s fellow labelmate, dished that idols would sneakily scribble down their numbers on the plastic wrap of the famous sandwiches sold at the Inkigayo cafeteria, and pass it on to their crush.
SO WE’RE IGNORING THE FACT THAT JENNIE HAS A DOG AND THE DOG’S NAME IS KAI????? pic.twitter.com/l8e3sV2wij
— broke shot (@baekhyunbiy) January 1, 2019
If Jennie not-so-coincidentally naming her puppy Kai isn’t enough to convince you that they are literally a match made in heaven, the BLACKPINK member also owns a teddy bear called Nini, which happens to be one of Kai’s nicknames given by fans.
well they’re both kims, got the initials “KJ”, are called “nini”, jennie’s dog is named kai + they’re two years and two days apart. jongin was born in january 14 1994 while jennie was born in january 16 1996.
and i think that’s cute & powerful
— ericka (@hurricanebae) January 1, 2019
But that’s not the only thing they have in common; this fan broke it down perfectly.
— Kai&Jennie (@kaiandjennie01) January 1, 2019
Not to mention they’re both faces of luxury brands – Kai with his Gucci duds and Jennie, well, is basically a Human Chanel. Name a more powerful duo than #JenKai!
dispatch: kai + jennie are dating, they went on a date in his car, we have pics
all of us exo-ls who share one singular braincell: hold up, jongin can drive?
— mich 🍒 (@solbohu) January 1, 2019
And while most fans are busy showering the new couple with their best wishes, EXO-Ls are the ones asking the REAL question… Welp, guess this clears up the doubts!
Once again, huge congratulations to Kai and Jennie!