From The Straits Times    |

K-pop boy band BTS’ V and girl group Blackpink’s Jennie have reportedly broken up, ahead of V’s military enlistment next week.

The couple, both 27, ended their relationship recently, according to a report by South Korean media outlet JTBC on Dec 6, quoting sources from the entertainment industry.

News of their relationship first broke in May 2022, after photos showing two people who resembled the duo visiting South Korea’s Jeju Island went viral on social media.

JTBC said V – whose real name is Kim Tae-hyung – was reportedly also invited to attend Blackpink’s private listening party for their second studio album, Born Pink, in September 2022.

Also invited were his friends, actors Park Seo-joon, Choi Woo-shik and Park Hyung-sik.

V and Jennie, whose full name is Jennie Kim, were also spotted holding hands and strolling in Paris this May.

However, neither of them confirmed the relationship.

Their respective agencies have neither confirmed nor denied the dating rumours, and declined to comment on reports of the break-up.

V will enlist in the military on Dec 11, while YG Entertainment announced on Dec 6 that Jennie and the other Blackpink members have renewed their contracts with the agency for “group activities”.

This article was first published in The Straits Times.