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Dating in the kpop industry can be very taboo. In fact, it is almost always frowned upon. Kpop artists usually enter the industry knowing that they will have a dating ban. The duration of the dating ban varies depending on the company. But even after the dating ban is no longer in effect, kpop artists have to be very careful not to be caught in dating scandals because it can ruin their careers. So when TWICE Jihyo and Kang Daniel decided to go public with their relationship, a lot of fans were surprised. So what happened to the lovely couple?
TWICE Jihyo and Kang Daniel Dating
In August 2019, The South Korean news agency Dispatch reported that Jihyo and Daniel had been dating since the beginning of the year. They also released pictures of the couple on a date in Seoul’s Hannam neighborhood.
Jihyo and Daniel’s respective agencies, JYP Entertainment and Konnect Entertainment, also confirmed the news making it official. It seems that the beautiful couple was introduced to each other through a mutual friend in the industry.
But What About The Dating Ban?
Jihyo debuted with TWICE in 2015. JYP has a three-year ban when it comes to dating. Therefore, her dating ban was already over when she started dating Daniel. On the other hand, Daniel is no longer part of a kpop group and has his own agency called KONNECT Entertainment. This means that he has a lot more freedom when making personal and professional decisions.
The Public’s Reaction
Overall, most fans were really happy to hear about Kang Daniel and Jihyo’s dating news. They sent a lot of loving and congratulatory tweets and messages to the couple expressing that they support them.
However, not everyone was happy. Mainly, some Korean netizens were really upset by the news. Daniel made his debut in August 2017 and they felt that he should have waited longer before dating. They accused him of being arrogant, not caring about his career, and his fans.
Jihyo also received some negative comments and was the subject of a lot of negative rumors. The incident took a toll on her. She started to have anxiety about performing and speaking in public. She was afraid that people would say more negative things about her.
TWICE Jihyo and Kang Daniel Breakup
Despite those ups and downs, Kang Daniel and Jihyo remained strong and kept their relationship going by trying to ignore the negative comments. They continued to focus on their respective careers and maintained a private relationship. It is hard to find any clear pictures of them together.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. Dispatch recently reported that Kang Daniel and Jihyo are no longer together. Because of their busy schedule, the couple could not find time to meet and spend time with each other. They decided to break up and to focus on their work and respective new albums.