Big Hit Entertainment has responded to the dating rumours surrounding BTS singer Jungkook and also threatened legal action for spreading misinformation.
"The now circulating dating rumors regarding our artist Jungkook is absolutely not true," Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement on rumours of the BTS singer dating a tattoo artist.
The dating rumours were afloat ever since a leaked CCTV footage showed the 22-year-old hugging a female tattoo artist surfaced. While denying the rumours, Big Hit threatened legal action for "spreading of false information" and said it is investigating whether the picture was taken illegally, reports Seventeen.
"We are currently investigating whether or not the picture was taken illegally, and will take strict legal action accordingly. In addition, spreading of false information to defame our artist will also face strict legal consequences," the statement reads.
The media company said that the South Korean singer was hanging out with a "tattooist acquaintance" during his extended break. The K-pop boy band member is famous for his tattoos and even has one for the BTS fan base "ARMY".
"During his visit to Geojedo, he realized his circle of tattooist acquaintances was also visiting there so he hung out with them. We are sorry that his private life during his extended break had to be distorted like this," the statement said.
Meanwhile, the tattoo artist also took to Instagram to deny the rumours, reports AllKPop. Jungkook has not released a statement yet.
"I'm posting this because of what's spreading online and the unfortunate situation of people causing misunderstandings by impersonating me. I didn't say anything because it seemed obvious that people wouldn't believe me or they would interpret what I say the way they want or I would get even harsher responses," the tattoo artist wrote according to AllKPop.
She also clarified that the new initials that Jungkook has tattooed on his hand are not hers and they are "simply close friends".
While it is not clear if Big Hit has a no-dating policy for their clients in place, but most of the K-pop groups are not allowed to publicly date by their management companies, as being single is considered a part of their allure.
In other news, social media is full of speculations of a collaboration between BTS member Jimin and American musician Alec Benjamin. In an interview with a Chinese news outlet, Benjamin shared he has plans to "collaborate with Khalid and also Jimin from BTS."
The two artists first bonded on Twitter after Jimin shared a Spotify playlist with five of Benjamin's songs on it. Benjamin also invited Jimin to his concert in Seoul, which the latter accepted, and the duo also shared a photo of them hanging backstage.
Meanwhile, the Bangtan Boys- Jin, Jimin, RM, J-Hope, V, Suga and Jungkook are back in business after an extended break and have departed overseas for an unconfirmed engagement.