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[OP-ED] What is up with Jennie-Kai? Analysis/theories of what happened

JenKai which is the ship name of Jennie from Black Pink and Kai of EXO really blew up when Dispatch revealed that they were the New Year couple of 2019 (Dispatch reveals a couple every year on New Years Day, and the couple is usually made up of the top celebrities). Fans everywhere were surprised by the sudden revelation. While some fans didn’t know whether to believe the relationship was real or not, many people started coming up with theories as to what was actually the case between Jennie and Kai. Before I begin this article, I would like to put a disclaimer here that all this is speculation and theories from fans and my own personal opinion/speculation. I am a big fan of both Jennie and Kai and do not wish to disrespect them in any way. Please note that this article is just for fun, I’m trash for both Jennie and Kai and this is just me being nosy and guessing what is going on. So let’s begin.

Starting with the biggest theory revolving Jenkai, it would be that this was all just media play. This is a big possibility as it has happened before numerous times in the media industry. There have been many past cases of celebrities ‘dating’ each other to gain attention and publicity for both parties. Some people might think that Jenkai is just for publicity since it makes sense for two popular members of two famous groups to be dating one another to gain attention. By right, this could just spark more attention to be placed on each idol, gaining them and their groups more recognition. This proved to be true as both of them trended on Twitter after the news broke that they were dating on New Year’s Day. While I do think that it is possible that their relationship could be just media play, there is some evidence that I feel prove otherwise.

Firstly, the information was apparently ‘leaked’ by Dispatch who have been following them in secret as they gained intel and took pictures of them together over the course of a few months.  However, since this could be staged, I will be bringing up other points as well.

While media play is not something uncommon, it is not as common in the K-pop industry as in the Hollywood industry. And there are reasons to this; a dating scandal could ruin or really harm an idol’s career. (Note that I am using the term ‘scandal’ loosely and I am just referring to the news about them dating) In this case, Kai and Jennie were lucky to be a couple that was well accepted by Knets and by fans from all around. However, there have been cases where fans even take to bash their favorite Idol when news about them dating have been revealed. One example of this would be Baekhyun from EXO and Taeyeon from Girls' Generation. When they were revealed to be dating, both Idols received immense backlash and both lost many fans and fansites because of their dating scandal.

This brings me to my second point, another example of a dating scandal hurting an idol’s career would be Kai himself in his previous relationship. When it was revealed that Kai from EXO and Krystal from f(x) were dating, Kai’s popularity also took a hit. Dating news is rarely taken well in Korea and it makes little sense for an agency to want a dating scandal to arise, unless there is a reason for there to be, as a distraction from something else. I personally don’t think that SM would use Kai once again for media play, knowing that there were consequences to his dating scandal in the past. I don’t think they would do this because they wouldn’t know that whether Jenkai would definitely be a well-received couple and this would place the reputation of both Kai and Jennie on their line. As for Black Pink, they are still seen as a rookie group and Jennie had just gone solo, so it would have been a risky move for YG to actually make her have a dating scandal for publicity.

The last point I will bring up about how I think their relationship is not just media play would be the fact that there seemed to hint at their relationship even before their relationship was revealed. Examples include how fans noticed that EXO’s manager, who goes by @groovechaja on Instagram started following Jennie and @suerte._.sh531, another one of EXO’s managers also started following the Black Pink members on Instagram awhile before the news broke. (But it could just be a coincidence) Another piece of ‘evidence’ would be the pictures that Kai and Jennie posted on their personal Instagram accounts. Both Kai and Jennie posted a photo of the Eiffel Tower on the same day with Jennie captioning her photo as “Had the most romantic dinner admiring the Eiffel Tower.” From this, it can be hinted that they met up while in Paris and had dinner together, but of course, it is just speculation by fans. However, although it is despicable and unlikely, I am also not ruling out the fact that SM and YG could have forced them to upload those pictures on their personal SNS accounts to ‘stage’ this relationship.

While there is quite a lot of evidence showing that it is possible this is not media play, I will also talk about other possible theories that fans have come up with.

Moving onto to reasons why this could be media play. The entertainment industry is full of snakes and not everything is exactly the way as it seems to be. (Things that we all already know) Also, many fans actually did welcome this couple with open arms and this did gain even more recognition for both groups meaning that if this was media play to get attention for both groups, it worked. (despite neither of them requiring more publicity since they are both from big groups)

Also, it could be media play because of the timing of everything. EXO had just had two comebacks with "Tempo" and "Love Shot" and Jennie had also just made her solo debut with "Solo." It would make sense for them to use this as a way to gain more recognition for their songs to do better on the charts. (Again, although they both don’t need it)

Lastly, it could be media play to be a distraction from something else that is happening or about to happen. But since there is nothing in particular that is happening right now in either group that we need to be distracted by, some fans think it is something happening under wraps or potentially something that will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.

While many were still talking about their relationship, most people were rather confused when their relationship ended so quickly, barely 25 days after they were confirmed to be dating. So now I will present the theories about this.

Firstly, it could be that this was just for media play and thus since it achieved the result it wanted, getting people talking about both of them and getting attention for both their groups, it could now be over. However, this seems unlikely since they were just getting hype and attention for being a visually powerful K-pop couple.

The second theory would be that it could be that Jennie and Kai are still actually together and are still dating in secret. This would make some sense as they would want their privacy after their relationship was revealed by Dispatch against their own will.

Thirdly, it could be that they were going to break up before Dispatch (rudely) outed their relationship, making them awkwardly have to continue dating for a bit before breaking up. In this video of Blackpink at their concert, Lisa asks the crowd to make some noise if they are single. While Jisoo screams at the side, Jennie smiles awkwardly and asks for the topic to be changed. There are many ways to interpret this video and her reaction.

Fourthly,  many fans speculate that it is their labels that have stopped them from dating one another. While SM is known for having a rather lax dating policy for a K-pop entertainment company, YG is known for having one of the strictest policies. Members of iKON have mentioned that they have never even got a chance to interact with the Black Pink members so this very likely could be the reason.

Lastly, it could be that Kai and Jennie are not and were never ever dating. To be honest, we will never know. For all we know, Kai could really be dating Kyungsoo from EXO and Jennie could really be with Lisa of Black Pink. And to be honest, I would ship that because I just hope that whoever they are really with, they are happy with the way things are and that the person they are with makes them happy.

At the end of the day, what JenKai does really is none of our businesses as fans. (though we all really want to know) But as an EXO-L and Blink, I am just here being thirsty for the tea and this article is just to sum up what the theories behind JenKai are all about. However, while there are all these theories and ‘evidence’, I also understand that we will never know what is really going on behind the scenes or in their personal lives unless they choose to tell us what is going on and share it with the public. While this article is full of speculation about what the status of their relationship is, I want to state again that this is all just for fun and I do hope that they are happy whatever their relationship status is. Whether they are still together, were never together or are just friends now, I do hope that as fans we will also continue to respect them as individuals and continue to respect both groups since this is what they both deserve.

  1. Black Pink
  2. Jennie
  3. EXO
  4. Kai
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Notmykl 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Dating is never a scandal. Dumbshit "fans" who can't handle that adults date and don't need their approval to do so is the true scandal.

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vpriyajr 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

they might have been just casually dating when dispatch took the photo and since they are idols in korea dating itself is a scandal and casual dating might be even more of a problem for the idols.. so both the company decided to announce they are dating and then within a month break-up news came..

its kind of obvious than half of exo members might be dating or fooling around.. fans need to let their private life be private..

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Pinksone81 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I agree with you on that last paragraph. Some fans needa chill. It ain't their lives, they should respect their bia's privacy as a fan. Although we all are very curious. I am very curious myself too. I am happy with whoever my bias end up with as long as they are happy and it's a healthy relationship. PPL needa chill.

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nnani 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Baekhyun and Taeyeon are a while new level of fake though lmao. Not them, the whole thing was staged. No one tried to hide their faces, and they sat in a car (with their phone lights on showing their faces and they both looked uncomfortable). It also didn't last long at all and it was also the same time SM was having problems with Kris. It was clear as day a diversion so people would stop thinking about the Kris situation. I'm 50/50 with JenKai though. They could have been getting to know each other, not actually dating since both legit have 0 time to hangout and date. Dispatch also announced it late since they claimed the photos were from November. Dispatch usually announces relationships hella fast, not that late. Also no one really tried to hide their faces again so I don't know how to feel. Honestly it doesn't really matter, but the Baek and Tae thing was wow, a whole new level LOL.

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hiroonakamura 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

longass article that is just regurgitating everything that people already said in comment sections on jenkai articles lol

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finie 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

we will never know what happens behind the scene😂

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eottoke 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

This kai-jennie scandal is not a distraction or a “cover-up” for something that’s involves the government. It was revealed in new year’s day, which is annual thing for Dispatch. Also, i thinkthe only ones who cares about them dating is their respective fans. The general public were actually disappointed(not because of them dating) because they were expecting a dating scandal from A-list actors and not from idols.They even end up saying that Lee Kwang Soo dating scandal is even bigger than jennie-kai scandal.

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melon 12 days ago 0
12 days ago

just creating some buzz that's all

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AmisuD 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Jennie and Kai weren’t even at the same time in paris. Kai already left on the 26th or so when Jennie only arrived on the 30th. Check your facts everybody and don’t just believe everything media gives you.


Also ”the” day the pics of the date in the park were taken couldn’t have been from the day the dp article said because Jennie had a fan sign event in the afternoon and the park ”they were at” closes too early for jenkai to make it to that park in time before it closes lol.

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EXID_is_the_EXIT 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I hate when people sneake into the semeone else's life,they broke up because they had their reasons

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HSK 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

So, it all boils down to "Dispatch isn't at fault". The signs (EXO managers suddenly following Jennie on IG, Eiffel Tower photos) were already there before Dispatch even reported about their relationship.

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Indri_hapsari 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

ugly truth, young fella like jennie n kai dont have such a deep brain like fans who crazy about theories..they were together bcoz they liked it..n its over bcoz they dont find it interesting anymore...thats a young world 😁soon or later they will find another muse to keep entertain them..most celebrities will gettin serious after they hit 35 years old..other than that its just a playgarden for them

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kpoplolita 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Members of iKON have mentioned that they have never even got a chance to interact with the Black Pink members so this very likely could be the reason. ---> cmon we all know this is bs they trained together they knew each other pretty well they r just extra careful except for lisa who is is liek "one of the guys" to ikon and winner


JENKAI WERE REAL THEY WERE JUST PROBABLY TESTING THE WATERS TO SEE IF SOMETHING MORE COULD HAPPEN.

THATS Y YGE NEVER CONFIRMED NOR DENIED ANTYHHING. they sat down with her and asked whats the truth and she MAAAAYYYBE she just said "we arent full on dating or we r only chatting here n there."

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coco_puffs 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

Real smooth distraction you got going on here while you’re no face no body no care clan is everywhere else feeling on my shit....

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coco_puffs 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Seriously though: I’m missing 3 rings and my internet privacy

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Kourtmehh 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

''Kai could really be dating Kyungsoo from EXO and Jennie could really be with Lisa of Black Pink. '' yeah dream on, are you a shipper in disguise? Jesus.

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nnani 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Wow the point went right over your head. Either you're here to hate or you HIGHLY lack reading comprehension.

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Irena_Lia 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

"ANALYSIS/THEORY" lmfao even a kindergarten knows this was all for show ~~ luuuul


#LazyJennie #BlankPick #KaiSmallD #FailedPublicity #NuguBP #FlopperCouple

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Rasengan 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

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Fatndumb 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Her cavernous vagina was too much for his little needle dick.

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linds25 21 days ago 3
21 days ago

Well this is dumb. Are you a new Kpop fan? This isn't the western music industry. Mediaplay with fake relationships only harm the idols, it doesn't help them in any way. The general public does not care about idols at all, unless they're involved in some type of controversy with their relationship like how it was for Baekhyun and Taeyeon, because they "fooled" their fans with their lovestagram, that's why the general public got involved in their relationship. The general public did not care about Kaistal and they certainly did not give two sh*ts about Jenkai. You'd have to be quite literally on some next kind delusional to think the general public would care about two idols who are considered as the lowest type of celebrities in Korea over a political issue involving the government. In Korea, Actors> athletes>>wall>>>>Idols. Kwangsoo's dating news was more of a big deal to the general public than Kaistal. This only affects their fandom negatively and that is not good for any idols because they rely on fans a lot for things outside of charts. How would this help them in their charts when their comebacks were months before? And Jennie is the new "it" girl, and her solo was doing much better than Exo's when it was released, it's a huge hit, so how is it helping her in any way when all it did was make her possible lose male fans. You're only fueling delusions within the international fans with your lack of logic. You'll find absolutely no Korean fan, whoever they're a fan of, ever think a relationship between two idols in public could be fake, because it's not a "thing" in Korea, it's not beneficial in any way, it doesn't help them in any way, the Korean Music Industry works very differently from the western so that possibility is not even something they consider, go on, try to find actual Korean article or blog about anyone questioning idols' relationships like western fans who have no understanding do, like yourself. I know you're trying to say that you believe it isn't a mediaplay, but at the same time it's not necessary for you to write this while at the end suggesting that anything is possible, because that's not true, it's literally not possible. You bringing in delusional Kaisoo and Jenlisa ships in this only further proves you have absolutely no understanding of this topic, especially within a Korean cultural context ( since Koreans don't even consider Jennie & Lisa as a ship as it's that unpopular there, nor in China & Japan, it's only popular among International fans). Do more research before you decide to write about something you don't know anything about.


And for your information, Jennie doesn't ask for the topic to be changed, she talks about something else completely different.

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Fatndumb 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Damn you need a life. You care wayyy too much about this shit

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Ilovev 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Thank you for this lovely unnecessarily long essay , but for length I will give you extra credit, Jennie will deeply appreciate your efforts.

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yoonchae 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

TL:DR

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