fromis_9 Jiheon reacts to dating rumor with Enhypen Sunghoon as fans tell trolls, 'get a life'

A dating rumor cropped up when a video went viral of Jiheon seemingly looking at Sunghoon for long and smiling


                            fromis_9 Jiheon reacts to dating rumor with Enhypen Sunghoon as fans tell trolls, 'get a life'
Jiheon personally denies the dating rumor between her and Enhypen's Sunghoon (@realfromis_9, @ENHYPEN/Twitter, KBS Kpop/YouTube)
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While some K-pop fans love shipping different idols and pairing them, others hate it as it allows trolls and antis to cyberbully them. This is evident with the way BTS’ V and Blackpink’s Jennie have been getting extreme hate ever since rumors cropped up that they might be dating. Dating is considered taboo in K-pop as delusional fans feel that, since they have invested money in their idols, they have a say in their private lives. Due to the toxic fan service culture, they also feel ‘betrayed’ if an idol gets into a relationship. But that hasn’t stopped shippers as the next target happened to be fromis_9’s Jiheon and Enhypen’s Sunghoon.

On July 1, labelmate Sunghoon interviewed fromis_9 on KBS’ music show ‘Music Bank’. The girl group recently came back with their fifth mini-album ‘From Our Memento Box’ and its lead single ‘Stay This Way’. To promote it, they came on ‘Music Bank’ whose MCs are IVE’s Wonyoung and Enhypen’s Sunghoon. While being interviewed, fans felt that fromis_9’s Jiheon kept looking at Sunghoon. While all of the other members also looked at him and bowed before exiting, a video clip that has now gone viral shows Jiheon looking at him and smiling for a longer period of time before giggling.

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Jiheon responds to dating rumor with Sunghoon

With fromis_9 and Enhypen being under the same company, HYBE, some fans dubbed them ‘besties’ and believed that they were probably friends. Others started shipping Jiheon and Sunghoon and claimed that the two might be dating. And as usual, the incident was sprinkled with hate comments from toxic fans. Well, the 19-year-old female idol had to personally respond to the dating rumor. Jiheon came on Weverse and explained the ‘Music Bank’ clip. She wrote, “Saerom unnie and Nagyung unnie were so funny during the interview hahaha," and "Yeah I only looked at Flover (fromis_9’s fans) haha let's only look at each other.”

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Jiheon says, 'Saerom unnie and Nagyung unnie were so funny during the interview hahaha...Yeah I only looked at Flover haha let's only look at each other' (fromis_9/Weverse)

‘Make the haters mad’

Fans were disappointed that others were making up dating rumors to the point that Jiheon had to personally deny it. One fan tweeted, “Pls get a life. sunghoon and jiheon can be friends, it's not y'all business! anyway enhypen's comeback on july 4th!!” Another shared, “fromis and enhypen interacting in that Hybe content will drive Knetz mad, especially if it's Sunghoon and Jiheon. FREE THEM PLEASE.” One joked, “Can sunghoon jiheon make a tiktok tgt lets make the haters mad.” Another responded to OP (original poster) who made the clip go viral, “Baek Jiheon posted an explanation! Please refrain from speculating😭 Even if they meet each other, they can be close friends because they are colleagues in the same company. Please stop spreading rumors.”

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