9:16 am - 09/17/2019

(update) Jungkook caught up in dating rumors with non-celeb, Big Hit denies

Earlier in the day, photos of a man hugging a woman surfaced on online communities, and netizens identified the man as Jungkook.

Big Hit Entertainment has released a statement about Jungkook’s dating rumors, stating:

Big Hit Entertainment clearly states that the claims about our artist Jungkook that are being spread on social media and online communities are not true.

While in Geoje Island during his period of rest, he found out that his acquaintances from a tattoo shop were also visiting the area. He then met with his tattoo shop acquaintances and other acquaintances from Geoje Island for a meal and had a karaoke session. This is the truth that has been distorted.

We think it is unfortunate that [Jungkook’s] personal daily life during his period of rest became known in a distorted way.

We will figure out whether CCTV footage was leaked or if there was illegal filming and take strong legal action against the disclosure of personal information and invasion of privacy. Furthermore, we announce that we will also take legal action against the spread of false rumors.

On September 17, the tattoo artist shared the following post via Instagram:

I am absolutely not in a relationship with Jungkook.

I am posting this because of the words spreading online and the unfortunate situation of people causing misunderstandings by impersonating me.

I didn’t say anything because it was the obvious truth that people would not believe me, interpret [my words] as they wish, and that I would receive even harsher replies.

I would like to once again state that it is absolutely not true that I am dating Jungkook or that I tattooed my initials on him.

We are simply close friends, and I am very apologetic as it seems that fans were extremely hurt in addition to myself and people around me.

I will not say anything further.

I would just like to make it clear that I was not ignoring or disregarding everything.

sources: soompi 1, 2, naver, @tattooer_rennis

not gonna post the picture since she's a non-celeb and you can see her face in it
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sciencebottle 17th-Sep-2019 07:49 am (UTC)
From what I've seen in the flurry of fan activity on ig (reliable source, I know), the person was a tattoo artist who has tattooed a few celebs here and there, and they chilled with a few other people. The pictures are innocuous and people are making a big deal, as per usual.

I'm more concerned as to why kook got hand tattoos (which I don't personally like) but my opinion doesn't matter so lol
goshipgurl 17th-Sep-2019 08:07 am (UTC)
The pictures are innocuous and people are making a big deal

He gave her a back-hug her and some people act like they were making out, but after Jooe got shit for linking arms with a friend it's just further prove that k-netz are middle schoolers.
spread 17th-Sep-2019 08:32 am (UTC)
I mean, they're the current most popular group that is at their peak...
Fans have to be naive fools if they don't think they are getting their dicks wet.

Probably slingin' dick like tic tacs.
At least I would hope so.
juhli 17th-Sep-2019 02:46 pm (UTC)
nana_the_dwarf 17th-Sep-2019 09:14 am (UTC)
I’ve never seen anyone back hug another one like that unless they’re dating. I think they are, but if they’re really not and they’re affectionate like that, then good for them.

The scary part for me is that stalkers went through quite a bit to get and them leak the pic, and that some security guard out there gives no fucks about the privacy of people for probably some money. I’ll cry of joy when jailing/fining sasaengs and their enablers becomes a thing.

Edited at 2019-09-17 09:30 am (UTC)
nana_the_dwarf 17th-Sep-2019 11:14 am (UTC)
I just saw the tattoos. They’re a tragedy.
ironmangina 17th-Sep-2019 09:17 am (UTC)
The most "damning" thing in this situation is the pic of him giving her that backhug, especially when taking into account Korean couple dynamics as well as how PDA is viewed over there. But still, both parties are denying it, so unless proof comes out that doesn't allow for plausible deniability, then there's really nothing left to say. Also, at this point I doubt a dating "scandal" would do any type of substantial damage to them anyways.

I sure did have a chuckle @ all the armys on twitter over reassuring everyone about how they "don't care" about him dating though. Like are you trying to convince me or yourself?

Edited at 2019-09-17 09:23 am (UTC)
azoarka 17th-Sep-2019 02:24 pm (UTC)
They always say they "don't care" but then they frantically try to say any girl near them is just a relative/married/*insert some other non-threatening role* lmaoooo
bubble_monkey9 17th-Sep-2019 09:27 am (UTC)
It’s legit .. a hug. Did we all step back into the 1800s or smth.

The bigger story should be how the heck did a security footage get leaked publicly. Maybe it’s just me but I wouldn’t wanna dine somewhere that pulls that shit. Creepy mfs.
kastih 17th-Sep-2019 02:44 pm (UTC)
gigabytexx 17th-Sep-2019 09:53 am (UTC)
Why i am more bothered by the fact that his uglyass knuckle tattoo might be real? Lmaooo

Also heard some talks that some K-netz dont believe it's his girlfriend bec JK might be gay, and I dont think he's just gay. Given from a lot of his quotes saying he doesn't care about gender, the way he likes wearing his lips red etc, I think JK can also be Bi. He doesn't seem to limit his interest I think ^^

And i remember he said it's awkward to hug/make skinship with random people so the girl is definitely pretty special to him.
mallmouse 17th-Sep-2019 11:13 am (UTC)
I assumed he was straight, but his self-proclaimed 'boy-crush' on NJ is so damn cute

Edited at 2019-09-17 11:13 am (UTC)
nekobot 17th-Sep-2019 10:40 am (UTC)
She seems really cute and interesting, if they actually were dating fans should be happy that he's got good taste instead of hopping between gangnam unnies like most male idols seem to do? I think we've been sold this boys against the world image so much that people can't even fathom the idea of some of them having friends and a life outside of the group - it would be unhealthy for them to only ever get to spend time with eachother and their staff and it's a relief to see them (especially Jungkook since he's the youngest) have a life outside of BTS.

Interesting how BH could address this so quickly yet stay quiet and ignore the fans asking for a statement on their SA concert though...
mymanhas2jobs 17th-Sep-2019 04:26 pm (UTC)
i see that casual misogyny >_>
in_noctem 17th-Sep-2019 11:18 am (UTC)
can fans stop coddling the members because i see a lot more tweets about leaving jk alone and wailing about how his hair and tattoos are his choice than i see actual people complaining about these things lmao like chill he’s a grown adult i’m sure he can handle a lil controversy. it’s actually quite embarrassing how they have to make a supportive trending topic for every damn ~controversy because it just draws even more attention to non issues.

idk and dc if he’s dating that tattooist but i saw some photos and she seems rly cool.
lydzi 17th-Sep-2019 11:28 am (UTC)
Be free JK!

Those tatoos are interesting. I might be in the minority but I kinda like or :3
lydzi 18th-Sep-2019 06:03 pm (UTC)
OMG I just saw a close up from his tatoos, I'm taking back my comment lol
gdithero 17th-Sep-2019 11:37 am (UTC)
somehow the CCTV footage feels like creepier and a bigger invasion of privacy than photos during their private time. like, the angle is just creepy as fuck. the idea that someone could just be recording and spreading CCTV footage for personal use is creepy as fuck. I hope bighit comes down hard on whoever spread that first
scionofawhisper 17th-Sep-2019 11:40 am (UTC)
My guy friends don't backhug me, that'd be so weird, tho obviously i'm not them and they have their own type of relationship as friends. But also apparently in korea it's not normal for skinship between genders unless dating, so it's easy to see why it spun out of control. Tho really jk was probably just did that after drinking a bit
rosiemotleymind 17th-Sep-2019 11:55 am (UTC)
My guy friends backhug me but we’re really close and comfortable with each other and it is 100% platonic. So like...even if he was backhugging her I think it’s a disservice to assume anything about anyone’s relationship because you’re just assuming what they’re into when in reality it’s none of our business.

Netizens assumed JooE was dating when she linked arms with another man. Which is idiotic. So these standards are kind of offensive with a sprinkling of misogyny and assuming people’s sexuality.
mntsuklaa 17th-Sep-2019 11:49 am (UTC)
I don't care about his dating life but surely he isn't dating that tattoo artist if his hand tattoos are real. Her instagram is really pretty and she seems talented and I'm 100% sure she would've come up with something prettier than whatever is scribbled on his hand.
I want more tattoos. I wish I had money.

Didn't bother to look up any of the ~~scandalous~~ pics so I'm mainly talking out of my ass here but who knows, maybe he's dating her, maybe he's really affectionate with friends, maybe they had drinks at the karaoke place and he gets touchy when he's drunk.
lil_poisonfrog 17th-Sep-2019 02:14 pm (UTC)
I swear I saw a pic of her with a lettering on her knuckles though...
jyusou 17th-Sep-2019 11:58 am (UTC)
Doesn’t help that this happened right after we find out about his tragic knuckle tattoos. I’ve gotten used to Jimin’s “Nevermind” chicken scrawl but his was just straight up tacky and basic, just like his taste in music.
lil_poisonfrog 17th-Sep-2019 02:14 pm (UTC)
Jimin's tat said so much to me about his taste in...everything haha
greasetastic_x 17th-Sep-2019 12:09 pm (UTC)
I feel bad for whoever will end up on the opposite side of a dating rumor with any of these boys. I can't imagine how much crap they'd get

on the other hand, pls lord those better be fake tattoos. Hand tattoos rarely are a good idea unless you're already heavily tattoo'd plus they fade really fast so overall not a good idea
broadcities 17th-Sep-2019 12:15 pm (UTC)
ugh when will fans/companies allow idols to date :( i just hope fans aren't giving this girl too much crap, whether they're dating or not. also she's pretty cute so if something did happen good for them
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