Rumored member of Min Heejin X HYBE’s new girl group: Give off similar vibe as TWICE’s Jihyo

The mother’s movement on SNS made many people speculate whether the girl is about to turn from an actress to an idol.

The rookie girl group competition in 2022 is expected to be extremely fierce yet interesting with the presence of “big guys”. Among them, HYBE currently has 2 girl group projects that are preparing to debut. The first one (under Source Music) features familiar faces such as Kim Chaewon, Miyawaki Sakura (former IZ*ONE members) and Heo Yunjin (Produce 48 contestant). The remaining one is Min Heejin‘s girl group which consists of new faces.

 Min Heejin X HYBE

Recently, rumors of a child actress joining Min Heejin X HYBE‘s new girl group appeared on Korean social networking sites. The main character of these rumors is Ryu Hanbi (born in 2004), who appeared in various dramas such as MBC’s “Come and Hug Me”, tvN’s “Argon”, KBS’s “The Happy Loner”… With her role in “Come and Hug Me”, Ryu Hanbi took home the “Best Child Actor” award at the “MBC Drama Awards 2018“.

Ryu Hanbi
Ryu Hanbi
Ryu Hanbi
Ryu Hanbi
Ryu Hanbi
Ryu Hanbi

Rumors that Ryu Hanbi will be a member of Min Heejin‘s new girl group came from her mother’s move on SNS. Many netizens noticed that the account of Ryu Hanbi‘s mother started following Min Heejin and ADOR (All Doors One Room, a label run by Min Heejin) on Instagram. In addition, Ryu Hanbi’s mother also liked and left a comment under ADOR‘s post.

Ryu Hanbi following Min Heejin and ADOR
Ryu Hanbi following Min Heejin and ADOR
Ryu Hanbi following Min Heejin and ADOR

Currently, this rumor is yet to be verified. However, given the fact that Ryu Hanbi has stopped acting since 2018 despite receiving positive feedback on her acting, many netizens believe that there is a high chance she participated in Plus Global Audition in 2019 and joined Min Heejin‘s company in 2020 as rumored. Korean netizens have left many comments praising Ryu Hanbi‘s visual and that she matches Min Heejin‘s group well. Some netizens also think that Ryu Hanbi gives off similar vibes as TWICE’s Jihyo.

  • “She is pretty and looks like Jihyo”
  • “Wow her image really suits other trainees that were spoiled before ㅋㅋ”
  • “She is so pretty. She suits the group’s image.”
  • “I think Min Heejin’s girl group will hit big”
  • “I thought she was Jihyo at first glance. They look similar”
  • “No wonder ‘Come and Hug Me’ was her last acting gig despite her potential ㅠㅠㅠ Turned out she was scouted by HYBE”
  • “The Instagram follow proof is undeniable ㅋㅋㅋ”
  • “Her name sounds pretty and so is her face… I liked her in ‘Come and Hug Me'”
  • “Her face is like a mix of TWICE’s Jihyo and Jang Wonyoung ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
  • “From the face to the aura, she matches the group’s image well, especially when placed next to the trainees who were teased before”
2 female trainees of HYBE who are said to be part of Min Heejin's new girl group were introduced in BTS's "Permission to Dance" MV
2 female trainees of HYBE who are said to be part of Min Heejin’s new girl group were introduced in BTS’s “Permission to Dance” MV

After this rumor surfaced, Ryu Hanbi‘s mother has now unfollowed Min Heejin and ADOR‘s Instagram.

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