Stray Kids Hyunjin Speculated to be Dating aespa Karina + Male Idol Sets the Record Straight

Stray Kids member Hyunjin was recently accused of being in a relationship with aespa member Karina. Keep on reading for all the details.

Stray Kids Hyunjin Speculated to be Dating aespa Karina + Male Idol Sets the Record Straight
(Photo : Stray Kids Instagram | aespa Twitter)

Is Stray Kids Hyunjin Dating aespa Karina?

On September 6, a post on Pann Nate titled "Stray Kids Hyunjin and aespa Karina" soon went viral in South Korea, amassing over 50,000 views. In the post, the user pointed out Hyunjin's phone wallpaper and claimed the photo was a selfie of aespa member Karina. This led many to speculate that the two were in a relationship.

Hyunjin Karina
(Photo : Pann Nate)

Another photo they included as evidence of the two's relationship is their usernames of the Dear U. Lysn Bubble application. Both artists ended their usernames with a blue heart emoticon (also known as emojis) and ended their names with -ie. Hyunjin's username reads "Hyunjin-ie," while Karina's reads "Jimin-ie," a reference to her real name, Yoo Jimin.

Hyunjin Karina
(Photo : Dear U. Lysn Bubble)

Another user made a GIF to prove that the photo was, in fact, Karina. In the comment section of the original post, a user superimposed Karina's selfie over Hyunjin's lock screen. Due to how well Karina's selfie matched up with Hyunjin's, rumors over their alleged relationship quickly started swirling.

Karina Hyunjin
(Photo : Pann Nate)

Stray Kids Hyunjin Shuts Down Dating Rumors With aespa Karina

Soon after the rumors of the two idol's relationships starting making their rounds, Hyunjin took to the Bubble application to shut down the rumors. Not only did he change his username and remove the blue heart, changing it with a red heart, but the male idol also shared a screenshot of his current lock screen.

(Photo : Dear. U Lysn Bubble)

He told fans he would share his lock screen and swiftly sent a photo that features a drawing of a man and a woman kissing. He then added that the photo is a croquis (also known as a rough sketch, often completed in 30 seconds to a minute) of a couple kissing because his heart fluttered while watching a drama.

With that, Hyunjin effectively cleared up all speculations that the two were in a relationship. However, neither JYP Entertainment nor SM Entertainment has responded to the dating claims.

What do you think of the situation? Tell us in the comments below!

Stray Kids + aespa Recent Activities

On August 23, Stray Kids released their second studio album, "NOEASY," with the title track "Thunderous." Upon release, the said album debuted at the top of the Gaon Album Chart. Furthermore, "NOEASY" surpassed 1.1 million copies sold by the end of August 2021, making Stray Kids the first artist under JYP Entertainment to sell more than one million copies of an album.

Stray Kids
(Photo : Stray Kids Twitter)

Stray Kids is slated to release their second Japanese single on October 13.

ALSO READ: Stray Kids 'NOEASY' Tops Gaon Album Retail Chart for August 2021 + See Full List

On August 26, aespa was announced as the new endorsement models for outdoors brand EIDER Korea. Just two days prior, aespa was announced as the new endorsement models for South Korean skincare brand Mediheal. On August 6, 2021, aespa was announced as the endorsement models for South Korean cosmetics brand CLIO.

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