When this old moment resurfaces, netizens wonder if BTS’s Jimin was “sneaking a peek” at Red Velvet’s Irene.
In Kpop, interactions between idols always grab fans’ attention. During the year-end awards, moments of idols accidentally passing by each other, having eye contact or exchanging glances, are often considered the “hints” for fans to start “shipping” them.
One of the most questionable moments is between BTS’s Jimin and Red Velvet’s Irene during the ending stage of KBS Gayo Daejun on December 27, 2019.
When the event was ending, Irene and GOT7’s Jinyoung walked to the center of the stage as MCs. As Irene passed by BTS members, Jimin seemed to set his eyes on the female idol. Even after Irene walked past him, Jimin still turned his gaze towards her.
While most ARMYs think this is simply Jimin’s normal reaction when a pretty female colleague passes by, some fans believe that his expression is “unusual”.
The reason for this is that Jimin appears to be expressing an interest in Irene, either because he admires her or because he has affections for the Red Velvet leader. Jimin’s smile was considered to be a veiled expression. Some Irene and Jimin shippers believe this to be proof of a relationship between the two.
Currently, the video recording Jimin looking at Irene has received 2.5 million views on YouTube and thousands of comments. For Kpop fans, this is the “legendary” moment when mentioning the “couple” Jimin – Irene.