The past few months have been rather hard for BLACKPINK’s Jennie (제니). Although the famous girl group member is used to being talked about, recent events have illuminated things the singer probably wanted to keep private.
Earlier this month, a hacker gave Jennie a scare when they leaked her bathtub photo. The privacy breach caused an outcry and fans demanded something be done about the hacker. However, it seems the hacker is still at large. They recently released more of Jennie’s private pics, including photos of her exes; G-Dragon and EXO’s Kai!
Fans have been hoping the hacker, otherwise known as Gurumi Haribo would stop. After all, it’s clear to them that Jennie is under a lot of pressure, from dealing with her dating rumours to her allegedly hacked private Instagram account. In fact, a fan made Jennie cry when they promised their continued support to her! However, all this seemingly does not matter to the hacker. If anything, they’ve gotten brasher.
Gurumi snatched attention again when they released photos of Jennie on another date with V. They also included a pic of what is presumed to be Jennie’s collection of photos saved on a computer. Knowing there would be more backlash from the newly released photos, Gurumi decided to take things a step further. They added a photo of BLACKPINK’s Jisoo.
“Hey everyone, I know that many of you doubt me and wild rumours are everywhere,” they started. “I have been told that Jisoo is somebody who knows the truth and is a honest and kind person. She is not involved with Taehyung in any (way). However, she may help us see the truth.”
Gurumi then asked Jisoo to post the supposedly never-seen-before photo as a sign. To everyone’s surprise, the same photo was uploaded on Jisoo’s Instagram account after. To add insult to injury, Gurumi then released a photo of EXO’s Kai and Lucas hanging out. It was then assumed that Kai had sent the photo to Jennie and she had kept it on her phone.
However, the story didn’t end there. Twitter users @twocanplay_ and @foryou6137 joined the fray when they claimed Gurumi was power hungry. @twocanplay_ alleged that Gurumi was made up of a group of people who were editing real photos to ‘leak’. User @foryou6137 backed up the claim, saying BTS’s V was being used for his “media power” while Jennie was allegedly betrayed by a staff member. Many argue that Gurumi Haribo is likely a YG Entertainment employee.
Both accounts then leaked photos they had “obtained” from Gurumi, claiming they were only doing so to put an end to Gurumi’s actions. However, the photos also included other K-pop idols. One of them also showed a pic allegedly belonging to G-Dragon who was blocking his face. However, his account was tagged and some claim his hairstyle was similar to the one he had in April this year.
Both accounts have since been deactivated. To make matters more complicated, netizens are now claiming on Twitter that it was all a set-up. Regardless of whether it was a set-up or not, there’s no stopping the leakage of pics.
BIGHIT MUSIC has also since released a statement in a bid to protect their artist, V. They alluded to a netizen who uploaded posts defaming and spreading false information about their artist. The company also added that the case has been investigated by the police and sent to the prosecutor’s office.
Read the full statement here:
Gurumi has since denied that the statement is referring to them. However, netizens are sincerely hoping to get them shut down. Many have, again, brought up their concerns about breaching idols’ privacy and have again, asked Jennie’s company to take action.
Currently, none of the idols involved have made a statement regarding the latest ‘leaks’. However, it is clear that if this continues, Jennie and many others may be at risk.