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Their companies are rivals, but these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends 

The rivalry between YG and SM doesn’t stop their artists from being close. 

YG and SM are the two leading entertainment companies in K-pop. Although they are rivals in the industry, many of their artists are extremely close. 

Jennie (BLACKPINK) and Irene (Red Velvet)

If you’ve been a fan of Kpop for a long time, you will surely know about friendship of Jennie and Irene. They share many adorable moments both on stage and backstage. Everytime Red Velvet and BLACKPINK meet at a schedule, Jennie and Irene make fans excited with their interactions 

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
The moment the two hugged each other on stage.
these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends

They were even spotted going on a date outside of their schedules, proving their close friendship. 

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends

Jisoo (BLACKPINK) and Seulgi (Red Velvet)

Jisoo and Seulgi are another BLACKVELVET pair whose friendship gains much attention. They often interact with each other on Instagram. 

One time at the backstage of Inkigayo, Jisoo posted to her Instagram story a video taken with Seulgi, in which Seulgi jokingly said, “Hello, I’m Jisoo!”.

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
Jisoo and Seulgi in the same frame once created a stir on SNS.  
these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
Their friendship warms the hearts of fans. 

Seunghoon (WINNER) and Mark (NCT)

Recently, Seunghoon and Mark are often mentioned together because of their indirect yet funny and cute interactions. Accordingly, Seunghoon did a random game to see which male idol he would have a chance to marry. The result that appears is Mark with a 4% chance. Seunghoon shared it on his Twitter with the caption, “It’s not impossible,” making fans laugh.

Recently, when appearing in Two O’Clock Escape Cultwo Show and being asked by the MC about his chance of marrying Seunghoon, Mark had a witty response, “I find it very interesting. I’ve listened to a lot of WINNER sunbaenim’s songs since I was young. I respect them a lot. It’s not impossible…”.

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
Seunghoon and Mark are now shipped by fans 

Lisa (BLACKPINK) and Ten (NCT)

Lisa and Ten are close since they both come from Thailand. When taking on the role of a mentor in the survival show Youth with You 3, Lisa seeked advice from Ten, who is also a great dancer. Lisa also joined Ten at the dance practice to shoot a dance cover video for WayV’s song Kick Back. Both Lisa and Ten are members of a friend squad known as K-pop’s Thai Line including BamBam (GOT7), Minnie ((G)-IDLE) and Sorn (CLC). 

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
Lisa and Ten practiced choreography together. 
these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
Lisa and Ten are also close with other members of Thai Line 

Jihoon (TREASURE) and Sungchan (NCT)

Since they were both MCs for SBS’s music show Inkigayo, Jihoon and Sungchan have grown close. The two showed many lovely interactions that make fans fall in love with their friendship.

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
Sungchan and Jihoon’s lovely moments

Not only in work but also in real life, they are close. On Sungchan’s birthday, Jihoon even gave him a pair of wolf-print underwear. Sungchan was very happy about this special gift and showed it off to the fans in his birthday live broadcast. 

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
Sungchan humorously showed off Jihoon’s one-of-a-kind gift. 

Mino (WINNER) and Kyuhyun (Super Junior)

Mino is famous for being a social butterfly. Therefore, he has many close friends within the industry. On the show New Journey To The West , Mino and Kyuhyun made the audience laugh with plenty of funny interactions.

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
Kyuhyun and Mino’s funny interaction in pink wigs. 

Kyuhyun also revealed that Mino often came to his house to hang out. Kyuhyun revealed, “One day, Mino came to my house to have a drink. Then he went outside for a long time. After that I found out that he was sleeping on the staircases.” 

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends

Somi and Giselle (aespa)

The friendship between the two “Gen Z” idols from YG and SM, Somi and Giselle, has created a buzz among fans lately. Somi often likes Giselle’s photos on Instagram. They also hang out with each other sometimes, just the two of them.

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
Somi and Giselle are the 4th generation’s YG-SM pair of besties
these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends

Seungri (BIGBANG) and Sehun (EXO)

Although fans of BIGBANG and EXO often got into fanwars in the past, the youngest member of the two groups: Seungri and Sehun are close. Seungri once sat on Sehun’s lap during BIGBANG’s performance at MAMA, making fans wild. 

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
The youngest members of BIGBANG and EXO are close.  

Eun Ji Won (SECHSKIES) and comedian Lee Soo Geun

Eun Ji Won and Lee Soo Geun are also close. Having worked for a long time in the entertainment industry, the two have collaborated in many projects such as New Journey To The West, Kang’s Kitchen 3. Eun Ji Won and Lee Soo Geun also have many similarities in personality, especially their humor.  

these pairs of YG and SM artists are close friends
YG and SM’s relationship started from the first generations of artists. 

Despite the companies being rivals, artists under YG and SM still maintain a supportive and close relationship. This makes fans love them even more.

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