A super K-pop couple may have been spotted. Blackpink's Jennie and BTS's V (Kim Tae-hyung) were filmed walking around Paris holding hands and publicly hinting that they might be dating after more than a year of dating rumors.
French journalist Amar Taoualit posted photos of them walking around the French town on his TikTok. He confirmed to fans who asked him that it was indeed Jennie and V that he saw going down the Seine: Lainey Gossip also reported the sighting, calling it a romantic endorsement since PDAs were on display in such a public place.
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Speculation that Jennie and V were dating began in December 2021 when V briefly followed and then dumped Jennie on Instagram.
According to All Kpop, V posted a message on Weverse shortly after implying that it was an accidental chase, which quickly sparked rumors. He asked, "Is there a way to get rid of the 'recommended' friends list here on this insta thing?... It's a scary app.
Dating rumors resurfaced in May 2022 when a photo of Jennie and V on a date in Jeju Island surfaced online. More personal photos of Jennie and V, who appeared to have taken this trip together and spent time together in different places, were leaked in August and September. For a full breakdown of the photos and the little clues fans saw in them that romantically linked V and Jennie, click here.
Notably, V and Jennie's agencies haven't denied the dating rumors. Jennie's agency, YG Entertainment, told the press in May 2022 that "we have no say [on this issue]. We'll let you know if we have a different answer." Big Hit Music Agency de V had no comment.
YG Entertainment released a statement in October saying it would take legal action against those who circulated private photos of Jennie. "We have refrained from raising the matter or making any official statement to minimize further damage," the agency said in its statement, according to the Korea JoongAng Daily. "However, these private photos have given rise to indiscriminate rumors, criticism, personal attacks, sexual harassment and invasions of privacy."
The agency added that it has already taken legal action against users who "share malicious posts or repeatedly upload unverified claims".
"[Jennie's] photos posted online were unlawfully posted without Jennie's consent," he continued. “Sharing these images is an act of secondary victimization and may result in legal penalties. Please refrain from indiscriminately sharing such images.
Neither Jennie nor V have posted any photos or commented on their alleged relationship. It's pretty normal, especially in K-pop. Most K-pop idols keep their romantic relationships completely secret, so it's extremely rare for two idols to be confirmed as a couple.
Jennie is in France to promote The Idol, which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. His bandmate Rosé attended the festival today.