Cover Jennie Kim and G-Dragon for Chanel (Photo: Instagram @jennierubyjane, @xxxibgdrgn)

Make way for the rumoured power couple, both K-pop royalty in their own right

Korean entertainment website Dispatch revealed today that global superstars Jennie Kim of Blackpink and G-Dragon (real name Kwon Ji Yong) of Big Bang are dating. According to the outlet, the YG Entertainment artistes have been dating for about a year and were spotted on multiple dates at each other’s houses, mostly at G-Dragon’s luxury villa in Hannam-dong.

“A lot of people at YG know about their relationship. Jennie’s mother also knows about her relationship with G-Dragon. She's thankful that he takes good care of her,” Dispatch quoted a close acquaintance as saying.

For the uninitiated, G-Dragon played a big role in priming K-pop fans for the eventual debut of Blackpink. In 2012, Jennie starred in G-Dragon's That XX music video as his love interest.

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The following year, G-Dragon featured Jennie’s sultry vocals in Black, the title track for his second solo album, Coup d'Etat. At the time, G-Dragon was at the height of his fame, collectively from Bigbang’s immense popularity as well as his successful solo projects.

This paved the way for Blackpink’s entry into the highly competitive Korean entertainment industry. In fact, Jennie has made it no secret that G-Dragon guided her along with her debut preparations and changed her career.

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Although G-Dragon is very much Jennie’s senior (he’s 32 while she just turned 25), fans have drawn similarities between the two, from their performance styles (they are both rappers in their respective groups) to their mesmerising charisma on stage, to their passion for fashion and even right down to their facial expressions—so much so that Jennie has been called the female version of G-Dragon.

Additionally, G-Dragon is known as the face of Chanel in Korea, having been its ambassador for over five years, while Jennie is affectionately known as the ‘human Chanel’. Jennie was first appointed as Chanel Beauty’s brand ambassador in 2018 before going on to front the luxury fashion house as its global ambassador. They're both familiar faces at Chanel events.

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Dating news involving their artistes are highly secretive affairs for YG Entertainment.

In response to Dispatch’s report, the entertainment company released an official statement which read, “We cannot confirm anything about our artists’ personal lives. We ask for your understanding.”