Having been outed by Dispatch earlier this year, singers Kai and Jennie have reportedly parted ways due to excessive media attention.
On Friday, EXO Kai and BLACKPINK Jennie once again found themselves in the spotlight. Rumors had begun to spread that the two who were just starting to get to know each other had parted ways. Responding to an inquiry from OSEN News, a representative from EXO’s agency SM Entertainment confirmed the rumors, saying “that is the truth.”
At the beginning of January, Dispatch released an exclusive report claiming that the two singers were in a relationship. At that time, SM Entertainment said that the two have “fond feelings for each other,” leading many to believe that they were just starting to get to know one another. As a result, it may have been too early to say that they are in a full-on relationship.
The report led to several different conversations. However, the most prominent being that many fans felt that the report invaded the star’s privacy. Going forward many advocated for the idea that the media and the public should avoid paying too much attention to their private lives. Kai and Jennie themselves reportedly echoed this sentiment by expressing discomfort at having pictures of their lives off stage being forcibly disclosed.
Nonetheless, although romance seems to be off the table, for now, Kai and Jennie are expected to continue their careers unperturbed. After completing promotions for EXO’s “Tempo” and “Love Shot,” Kai plan to focus on individual activities with a solo album possibly in the works.
Likewise, Jennie is also busy on BLACKPINK’s first world tour. Following their stops in Bangkok and Jakarta, the group will head to North America, Europe and Australia before returning to Asia.
Translated by O.C