Korean netizens point out 6 pieces of evidence that Aespa’s Karina and NCT’s Jungwoo are dating(ft. ITZY’s Ryujin)

In fact, this rumor has been circulating on the Korean Internet forums for quite some time, but it was not until the latest post that everything spread widely.

In the past months, there have been quite a few young idols of KPOP’s 4th generation who were suddenly mentioned in dating rumors.  Dating rumors (if true) might not be a big deal for established and well-known idols, but it can become a big deal for rising trending idols or newcomers. And recently, such a dating rumor has broken out again, and this time both people involved are artists under SM Entertainment.

On the morning of October 29, fans were surprised to see a series of posts questioning the relationship between Karina (aespa) and Jungwoo (NCT) suddenly climbing to the top trendings of the Korean forum Nate Pann, accompanied by hundreds of comments left in a short time.  In fact, it wasn’t until now that rumors about Karina and Jungwoo began to circulate in the Korean online community, but a recent post on NCT 127’s official Twitter account became the final straw that caught Korean netizens’ attention.

In the hottest post on Pann at the moment, Korean netizens have listed 6 situations where Karina and Jungwoo are said to be “too obvious” about their relationship. 

(Note: All the information below is speculated and pointed out by Korean netizens, does not reflect the thoughts of the editor and does not include the official feedback of insiders)

1. Acronyms

Karina and Jungwoo mentioned two identical acronyms twice, including 별다줄 [Byul-Da-Juj] (별 걸 다 줄인다 People keep shortening/shortening things) and 오저치고 [Oh-Jeo-Chi-Go] (오늘 저녁(에) 치킨 고 -> Let’s eat fried chicken tonight).

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2. Both uploading images of cloudy sky on Bubble at the same time

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karina jungwoo

3. Having the same recommended playlist

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  •  Cosmic Boy – “Can I Love?”
    •  Jungwoo recommended on Bubble on December 22
    •  Karina recommended on Bubble on June 16
  •  AURA – “JUNNY”
    •  Jungwoo recommended on Bubble on February 5
    •  Karina recommended on Bubble on June 16
  •  DPR Live – “Jam & Butterfly”
    •  Jungwoo recommended on V Live on February 19
    •  Karina recommended on Bubble on June 8
  • George – “Let’s Go Picnic”
    •  Jungwoo recommended on V Live on February 19
    •  Karina recommended on Bubble on June 19
  •  SAAY – “OMEGA”
    •  Jungwoo recommended on V Live February on 19
    •  Karina recommended on Bubble July on 28
  •  Surrender (feat. Lyn) – “Chancellor”
    •  Jungwoo recommended on Bubble on July 27
    •  Karina recommended on Bubble on August 1

4. >_0

This is also the reason why the dating rumors between them suddenly broke out at this time.  Accordingly, many people pointed out that “>_0” is an uncommon emoticon, but Karina often uses it when texting with fans on Bubble.  And on October 28, Jungwoo suddenly used this emoticon in NCT 127’s official Twitter post.

5. Using the same trending word in an uncomfortable way 

Both use “skrr skrr” (스컬스컬), which refers to the sound made by the friction between the wheels and the ground when the car brakes suddenly or changes direction. To describe this sound, Koreans prefer using the word 끼익.

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6. The pizza incident

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“The most suspicious is that on the day the teaser was released with a scene of Jungwoo eating pizza, Karina suddenly posted on Bubble an image of eating pizza in an anime and said it cute ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”

Aside from the aforementioned circumstances, the surprisingly close relationship between Karina and Ryujin (ITZY) also causes netizens to be confused. Many people speculated that their “boyfriends” might just have introduced them to each other. Not long ago, Ryujin was engaged in dating rumors with Haechan, another NCT 127 member. Of course, when there is still no official response from the management company, all these speculations, whether reasonable or not, are just rumors.

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The photo taken together of the two quickly attracted the attention of Kpop fans.

Netizens’ comments:

  • “Why hasn’t anyone mentioned the most suspicious detail? Karina suddenly became close to Ryujin… Anyone who looked at it would understand that it could only be because of their boyfriend introduced them to each other.”
  • “Not ㅇ_< or >_ㅇ but both of them wrote >_0, the use of 0 to represent eye shape is also the same.  Honestly, this is hardly a coincidence, the amount of overlapping details is too much.”
  • “Even the detail both of them suddenly posing for a duck selfie, they must be exchanging seflie pictures via KakaoTalk ^^ Karina’s favorite animal = Duck, Jungwoo’s new nickname = Duck”
  • “It’s really too obvious so there’s nothing more to say… The most suspicious one is that Karina suddenly became close to Ryujin ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
  • “After reading these posts, I feel sorry for their fans. There’s nothing they can argue with…”
  • “The text messages with the acronym are even sent on the same day, only 2 hours apart ㅋㅋㅋ If it’s simply a coincidence, things like that are unlikely to happen in a row ㅋㅋㅋ”
  • “But if it’s true that they’re dating, both of them are at fault. There has been a lot of talk about them using the same words and ways of talking on Bubble before, but they still aren’t careful.  They even let the emoticon incident happen”
  • “Sorry but that emoticon is too obvious, even if you want to deny reality, you can’t”
  • “This is the first time I’ve seen someone use that emoticon >_0, and it’s not even ㅇ but 0 too. It’s hard to believe that this is a coincidence.  …”
  • “The reason why Karina is suddenly close to Ryujin makes me even more upset ㅋㅋ Because her boyfriend is also an NCT member ㅋㅋ”

Meanwhile, SM Entertainment has not yet responded to the dating rumors between Karina and Jungwoo.

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