Blackpink's Jennie and BTS' V were spotted holding hands during a stroll in Paris, hinting at a possible romantic relationship.
French journalist Amar Taoualit confirmed the identities of the couple through a TikTok video he shared, capturing the moment along the Seine.
Reports characterized the sighting as a public display of affection (PDA) and a confirmation of the long-standing dating rumors.
Speculation about Jennie and V dating initially began in December 2021 when V followed and then unfollowed Jennie on Instagram.
V later dismissed the rumors, attributing the follow to accidental action and expressing his discomfort with the app's recommended friends feature.
Dating rumors resurfaced in May 2022 with leaked photos of a possible date between Jennie and V on Jeju Island.
Additional leaked photos in August and September showcased the couple spending time together in various locations, further fueling speculation.
Notably, both YG Entertainment (Jennie's agency) and Big Hit Music (V's agency) did not deny the dating rumors when asked for comment.
YG Entertainment released a statement in October, announcing legal action against those circulating private photos of Jennie without her consent.
Both Jennie and V have refrained from publicly acknowledging their alleged relationship, following the common practice of K-pop idols keeping their romantic lives private.