Famous BLACKPINK member Jennie Kim has sparked dating rumors with BTS’s V after various encounters together including rumored PDA in Paris.
Jennie Kim is one of the members of the all-female group BLACKPINK. She has ascended the global ladder after training with YG Entertainment when she was 14 years. She is one of the top 30 richest K-pop stars in the world today.
In 2023, Jennie has been making waves and often makes headlines. First, it was at the Coachella, and now Cannes: The Blackpink takeover moved onto the Croisette for the annual film festival, first with Rosé and now with Jennie.
Interestingly, Jennie is adding acting to her resume. She was at the Cannes festival as an actor: Credited as Jennie Ruby Jane, she’s set to appear in Sam Levinson’s “The Idol,” which premiered there on Monday.
Jennie Ruby Jane as she is known on Instagram was rumored to be in a public display affection with BTS’s member V. The duo were filmed holding hands in Paris after a year of dating rumors. But are all the rumors true? Here’s everything to know about the relationship between the two K-Pop stars.
Are Jennie Kim and V dating?
A K-pop super couple may have just outed themselves. Blackpink’s Jennie and BTS’ V (Kim Tae-hyung) were filmed holding hands while on a stroll in Paris, hinting publicly that they may be romantically involved after over a year of dating rumors.
French journalist Amar Taoualit posted footage of them walking in the French city on his TikTok. He confirmed to fans who asked him that it was indeed Jennie and V he saw walking along the Seine:
@taoualitamar #kimtaehyung and #jennie in #paris #blackpink #bts #taehyung #V #kpop ♬ Perfect – Ed Sheeran
LaineyGossip reported the sighting as well, characterizing it as romantic confirmation as they showed PDA in such a public place.
Speculation Jennie and V were dating first began in December 2021 when V briefly followed and then unfollowed Jennie on Instagram.
Per All Kpop, V posted a message on Weverse shortly after and suggested it had been an accidental follow, shaking off the rumors quickly then. He asked, “Is there a way to get rid of the ‘recommended’ friends list here on this Insta thing?…. It’s a scary app.”
In May 2022, the dating rumors surfaced again when a photo that appeared to be Jennie and V driving on a Jeju island date appeared online. More personal photos of Jennie and V seemingly together on that trip and spending time together in different places leaked in August and September. For a full breakdown of the photos—and the little hints fans saw in them that linked V and Jennie together romantically—see here.
V and Jennie’s agencies notably did not deny dating rumors. Jennie’s agency YG Entertainment told the press in May 2022 that “we have nothing to say [regarding this matter]. We will inform you if we have a different response to share.” V’s agency Big Hit Music did not comment.
Neither Jennie nor V have ever posted photos of each other or commented on their alleged relationship. This is pretty standard in K-pop especially. Most K-pop idols keep their romantic relationships completely hidden, so confirmation two idols are dating at all is exceptionally rare.
Who else has Jennie Kim dated in the past?
Jennie Kim dated South Korean boyband member Kai from EXO. The two reportedly dated from October 2018 to January 2019. SM Entertainment, EXO’s management company, confirmed the couple’s relationship in December 2018 after the two were photographed on a date together.
According to a report by Dispatch, they started their romance when they were both in Paris attending Fashion Week in October 2018. While that was their first public outing, the two may have hinted at a love connection a few weeks prior. Both K-pop stars took photos at the Eiffel Tower and posted them to their Instagram accounts. Jennie captioned her Eiffel Tower photos, “Had the most romantic dinner admiring the eiffel tower #happyjen.”
Unfortunately, by January 2019, the two split up. SM Entertainment confirmed that they were no longer dating. “It is true that Kai and Jennie have recently parted ways,” the company said in a statement. The breakup was reportedly due to conflicting work schedules.
In 2019, rumors spread that Jennie had a romance with former One Direction member Harry Styles, after they followed each other on Instagram. Harry also happened to attend BLACKPINK’s concert in Los Angeles around the same time. Those rumors have since been put to rest and the two remain friends.
Also as of 2021, there were reports that Jennie’s dating fellow K-Pop musician G-Dragon. Dispatch has said they have been “secretly dating” and they even have photos of them meeting each other at his Seoul home. The stars both work with the same entertainment company, YG, and they have made a comment to All K-Pop on the relationship allegations saying, “We can’t confirm anything about our artists’ private lives. We ask for your understanding.” That doesn’t sound like a “no” to us!