Blackpink’s Jisoo and South Korean actor Ahn Bo-hyun are dating, agencies representing the talents have confirmed.
Breaking the internet: Media platform Dispatch had earlier reported that Jisoo and Ahn have been dating since at least May and released exclusive photos of the couple together at the Blackpink star’s residence.
On Thursday, Ahn’s agency FN Entertainment confirmed that the two are in the early stages of their relationship. Blackpink’s record label YG Entertainment echoed the news, adding its support for the couple.
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Breaking the norm: The revelation, which took over various social media platforms upon its announcement, broke the norm of secrecy that typically shrouds celebrity relationships in South Korea. While it is extremely rare for agencies to announce the romantic relationships of their idols, the industry has recently been moving away from strict contractual terms that forbid artists from dating other celebrities.
About the couple: Jisoo, 28, is the only confirmed Blackpink member to be in a relationship, despite persistent rumors surrounding the love lives of the girl group’s other members.
Ahn, 35, made his acting debut in 2014 and has appeared in notable K-dramas such as “Itaewon Class,” “Yumi’s Cells,” “Descendants of the Sun,” “My Name” and “See You in My 19th Life.”
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Notable reactions: Blackpink fans, known as Blinks, have since flooded social media with support for the new couple, with the hashtag #Jisoo trending worldwide.
Jung Hae-in, who starred alongside Jisoo in the K-drama “Snowdrop” and shares a close bond with Ahn, denied any involvement in introducing the two stars. In an interview, he expressed his best wishes for their relationship, highlighting that he is not particularly interested in celebrity dating news.