Dating rumors involving TWICE’s Jihyo and former Wanna One’s Kang Daniel arose after Dispatch released photos of the two supposedly meeting up for a date. K-pop Twitter exploded at the news and took to the platform to voice their opinions while waiting for official news from JYP Entertainment, Jihyo’s label, and KONNECT Entertainment, Kang Daniel’s label.
Not long after the rumors erupted, JYPE reportedly confirmed that Jihyo and Daniel were seeing one another. Following the confirmation of these rumors, Dispatch reported that the two had been dating for about 7 months now.
While dating in k-pop is generally a controversial topic among netizens, given that many companies have dating bans and many people believe an idol betrays their fans when they date someone, it appears as if fans are taking this dating news fairly well, making light of the situation rather than attacking TWICE and Kang Daniel and feeding into the “cancel culture”, as many others have have done in the past.
Despite Jihyo’s and Daniel’s extreme popularity and huge following in k-pop, it’s heartwarming to see the majority of fans being very supportive of their relationship, symbolizing the huge shift in fandom mentality.
Hopefully, we’ll continue to observe this positive energy and change of heart so not only Jihyo and Daniel can have freedom in their love lives, but also future idols who’ve been holding back because of a stigma that might be taking the first steps towards its end.