4 K-pop BFFs to know: BTS’ Jimin, Exo’s Kai and Shinee’s Taemin are all part of ‘the Padding Squad’ while Blackpink’s Jennie is friends with Red Velvet’s Irene, and Lisa is tight with Bambam
A K-pop fan’s favourite thing – besides cheering for their groups of choice, of course – might be watching idols develop strong connections with each other. Some fans even create the kind of “relationship names” usually reserved for A-list couples – typically portmanteaus of their two favourite idols’ names, such as “Chaelisa” for Blackpink’s Rosé and Lisa, or “Taeny” for Girl’s Generation’s Taeyeon and Tiffany.
Friendships between members of different groups might be a rarer occurrence, but they still happen, and here are four you might not know about.
Blackpink’s Jennie and Red Velvet’s Irene
Aside from chatting at awards shows and tagging each other on social media, the pair frequently eat out together, and were even spotted by fans at an LA restaurant where they were photographed reaching for the bill at the same time, presumably both insisting it was their turn to pay.
Bambam and Blackpink’s Lisa
The Padding Squad
Sungwoon also shared that they often spend time eating out and playing billiards and card games. The group has gotten so close that Taemin even bought them all matching padded coats featuring a special design representing them – hence their group’s nickname.
Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and Super Junior’s Heechul
Both SM Entertainment idols, Taeyeon and Heechul have been close since the beginning of their careers. On the variety show Fun Game, Heechul shared that Taeyeon is the friend he calls whenever he’s having a hard time.
- K-pop fans love seeing close connections between their favourites, even creating relationship names like ‘Taeny’ for Girl’s Generation’s Taeyeon and Tiffany
- Super Junior’s Heechul and Taeyeon had a heart to heart on the variety show Fun Game, even discussing Heechul’s relationship with Twice’s Momo