In celebration of International Best Friends Day, let’s talk about friendships within the often cruel and hectic world of Kpop. Fans of any groups are always quick to say “OMG, they’re the best of friends”, even for huge groups such as NCT. Yet this clearly is not true. Research has shown that you can only be close/best friends with a maximum of 5 people at a time, and most groups these days, with some notable exceptions, easily exceed that number. Kpop idols are more likely to see their group members as one would see work colleagues, even if they’re running around with each other interacting for fanservice (because let’s be honest, the only reason why companies and idols push that notion that they’re best friends so hard is because friendship sells). Not to mention, most groups can even have rivalry among members to start out when the debut line is not set, and the companies are still pitting trainees against each other to decide who can stay until debut. Kpop groups can be just like a family, in every sense of the world. Some families love each other, but some families hate each other’s guts, even while living with each other. We have to remember that for them, it’s literally “just a job” (as Top once famously espoused in an interview). This is not to say there aren’t groups where members are all close with each other (EXID and Girl’s Day come to mind), but it gets unlikelier with bigger groups and it’s probably just impossible when a group has 10+ members (Izone’s Sakura and Wonyoung, for example, are painfully awkward with each other whenever they have any interactions. The huge age gap probably doesn’t help either. MORE LIKE
Sakura: Hey Sis, yeah I am in the middle let me just squeeze in here
Wonyoung: Uh, I’m pretty sure I am in the center….
Sakura: DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? I AM SAKURA MI YA KI TO THIS WHOLE GROUP SUCCESS
). But on a scale of “let’s all block Hyuna now that we’ve disbanded” (All of 4Minute’s members really hit Hyuna with blow) to Taeyeon & Tiffany’s level (“my existence wouldn’t mean much without her”), most groups are in between, probably friendly but not guarantee that they’re best friends. With that being said though, it is International Best Friends Day, so let’s take a moment for some shout-outs of special friendships in Kpop:
Super Junior’s Heechul and SNSD’s Taeyeon (tbh King of Popularity Heechul knows everyone in Kpop and is close with many of them, but this is probably one of his most iconic): so close that they can go to Victoria’s Secret together (yes that happened, they also ran into Baekhyun there too for some reason lmao), and take pics like these:Exhibit 1, without any dating rumors ever.
BTOB’s Changsub and Apink”s Chorong: Close friends of many years, they call each a lot when they’re guesting on variety shows. Some memorable times: when Changsub asked Chorong to help him with a prank and be his girlfriend for that day (Chorong laughed in response and said she didn’t consider him to be a man at all, OUCH), or that other time when Chorong asked Changsub to let her borrow 5 million KRW ($4,200 USD) because of a supposed family emergency and he readily agreed.
SHINee’s Taemin and EXO’s Kai: They’ve been best friends since trainees. They hung out so often that SHINee’s manager actually asked Taemin if they were dating (
Maybe the manager wasn’t too far off because Taemin has stated that his ideal girl is someone like Kai. We also can’t forget about the time Taemin calls Kai from overseas to ask Kai to ask EXO to put on a show for Apink’s Naeun when Taemin and Naeun were on “We Got Married”