Kim Jiho (지호), the former member of the girl group Oh My Girl, has recently been embroiled in a shocking dating scandal. Word on the street has it that the idol is currently dating comedian Kim Shin Young (김신영)!
The rumour was brought to light by an infamous YouTube channel known as “Sojang”. The YouTuber released a video last night (Wednesday, 18th May), which showcase the numerous evidences allegedly found by fans in regards to the duo’s romantic relationship.
According to the channel, some fans of Oh My Girl were already aware of Jiho and Shin Young’s close relationship, due to the various hints and evidences that emerged over the few years. “Sojang” went on and claimed that fans had exposed the duo recently, particularly after Jiho decided to leave the group. Some of the “evidences” regarding the two’s alleged romance were also posted on online community platforms.
For starters, it’s understood that Jiho and Shin Young became close after the latter appeared as an MC for Oh My Girl’s “Colouring Book Showcase” back in 2017. From thereafter, fans spotted the 26-year-old mentioning the name “Shin Ba” in the “Thanks to” section of every album released by Oh My Girl. In this case, many speculated that “Shin Ba” is Jiho’s nickname for the 38-year-old entertainer.
In addition, fans also discovered several matching items that the couple had. Among the items include couple outfits, shoes, masks/mask straps, rings, bracelets, and even matching phone cases. It was also revealed that both Shin Young and Jiho previously spent some quality time celebrating Christmas together, with just the two of them.
Surprisingly, it appears that a lot of fans didn’t react too kindly to the dating rumour. Most of them took to the replies section on the YouTube video to express their shock at the news. Here are some of the highlighted comments left by them:
- “This is crazy shocking ㅋㅋㅋ it must be real since they have so many couple items together.”
- “I mean… it’s up to Jiho whether she wants to date a man or a woman… but why couldn’t she date someone as pretty as her.”
- “This is the most ridiculous dating rumour I’ve ever heard.”
- “I’m totally okay with her (being a lesbian), but the fact that her partner is Kim Shin Young is so damn shocking.”
- “I’m fine with them being gay, but not the rest of this stuff. They thought they could get away with all of these couple items and nicknames because they’re both women. But to continue mentioning each other on paid apps? That’s really disrespectful to the fans. And for her to be dating someone so much older and highly controversial… 🤦🤦🤦.”
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