Meet the Iconic “JiKook” Couple!
In the fan communities, “shipping”, which is initially derived from the word relationship, has become prevalent and has been an important aspect of fandom culture. On this occasion, we will talk about the iconic couple ship from popular South Korean boy-band BTS!
The couple ship between BTS’s Jimin and Jungkook is often called”JiKook” or “KookMin”, as preferred by their Korean fans. According to Tumblr’s Fandometrics of 2017, JiKook couple is at number 5 in the top 10 list of 2017’s couple ships. The New York Times has ever mentioned JiKook couple.
In fact, we know that Jimin and Jungkook are from the same maknae line. They also come from the same city, Busan. Well, for BTS’ fans, ARMYs, maknae-line ships have always been popular in general, since they have always played around together and are clearly close.
For JiKook’s shippers, we have seen that JiKook’s closeness is not just a friendship. They have dynamics that are really appealing to fans. They definitely have a real closeness and they seem to really enjoy each other.
The “JiKook” Couple
Besides the fact that Tumblr and the New York Times cited about JiKook, we also have the fact that Entertainment Tonight mentioned JiKook in a tweet. Entertainment Tonight is an American first-run syndicated entertainment television newsmagazine that’s distributed throughout the United States, according to Wikipedia.
The pureness of their bond and adorable moments they spend together whether they are with the rest of the group is the reason for their popularity, and we will show you why we should love JiKook :
1. Jimin said he likes Jungkook a lot
ARMYs know that Jimin likes Jungkook a lot. He always said that he wants to go on a trip with Jungkook. Jungkook said that he acts like he does not really like Jimin because he is shy. Jimin once said that Jungkook reminds him of his younger brother since Jimin’s brother and Jungkook are the same age. Jimin keeps treating Jungkook like his precious diamond for his whole life. Jimin has straightforwardly shown his affection to Jungkook since the start.
On February 26, 2017, Jimin was seen playing a pokeball at the Hongdae fansign event when Jungkook was posing for the camera. He then accidentally hit Jungkook’s neck, but Jungkook pretended like nothing has happened and was still posing for the camera. Jimin picked up the pokeball, and approached Jungkook, stroking his neck softly.
And Jimin tried to “kiss” Jungkook’s neck. Because of this moment, their fans cheered with joy, even as this was a matter of debate among fans who watched the fan-taken video. Did Jimin really kiss Jungkook or not? How about you? You can decide by watching the fan-taken video from various angles below!
2. Jimin appreciated Jungkook many times
When he first watched their music video shooting “Dope”, he said to J-Hope, “The policeman is very handsome”. In fact, the policeman in the “Dope” video is acted by Jungkook.
Jimin did a vlog with Jungkook, touching Jungkook’s hair and confessing his love by saying “Why do I like you so much?” on their Bangtan’s Log on May 15, 2014.
He also answered why he loves Jungkook so much through KBS COOL FM’s Kiss The Radio on May 5, 2015.
3. Jimin is concerned and worries a lot about Jungkook
Jungkook has already admitted in several interviews that the member who most helps and cares for him is Jimin. We can see the moment when all of BTS members are playing, Jimin always tells Jungkook to be careful or when Jungkook is in pain, Jimin is the one concerned a lot about him.
Jimin has a protective side for Jungkook. Jimin is always there for Jungkook, on stage as well as backstage.
If you watch Mnet’s American Hustle Life reality show, there is a time when Jimin was protecting Jungkook from car traffic as you can see the gif below.
On the show, when Jungkook was injured while doing a dance, Jimin was the member that was next to him.
When Jungkook came to a foreign city or country, Jimin was always the hyung who accompanied him and cared his feelings.
On September 30, 2017, when BTS held a Myeongdong fansign, Jungkook slapped himself. Then, Jimin seemed to be worried about it, he then checked if Jungkook was okay. After Jungkook said that he was okay, Jimin poked his cheek.
jimin asking jungkook if he's okay after jungkook slapped himself and jk said he's okay then jimin poked his cheek <3
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— 지꾹데일리 (@JIKOOKDAILY) October 3, 2017
During a fanmeet, Jungkook jokingly pretended to be a fan. When he was talking with Rap Monster in front of him, Jimin immediately saw that something was sticking out underneath Jungkook’s jacket. Jimin swooped in to pull Jungkook’s jacket down. Jimin assumed that everyone, including fans, could see Jungkook’s underwear. He tried to protect Jungkook’s image, and it made Jungkook was aware of Jimin’s sudden treatment.
But, this was just a misunderstanding. Jimin realized it was Jungkook’s shirt when Jungkook opened his jacket, instead. Even though it was a misunderstanding, this is part of the proof that show how much Jimin cares for Jungkook!
4. Jungkook has liked to tease Jimin since debut
On the episode 4 of MTV’s BTS Rookie King reality show, which aired in 2013, each member of BTS opened their heart to the other members or the staff about complaints that have been ignored so far At the time, Jimin got the time to speak up. He immediately spoke by shouting, “Jeon Jungkook! I’m so nice to you, but you call me short and stroking my head! I’m two years older than you! I’ve lived 2 years longer!” But, Jungkook innocently said, “When did I do that? I like it a lot that Jimin hyung is so friendly. I’m like that because I like Jimin hyung too much.”
On the fifth episode of Mnet’s American Hustle Life reality show, when they were having fun and J-Hope was doing beatboxing, Jungkook tried to freestyle sing by dissing Jimin’s height.
Jungkook likes to make fun of Jimin, such as imitating Jimin’s ad-libs.
Jungkook also likes to mock Jimin in the some other ways, like mocking the way Jimin dances.
Well, teasing is another form of affection for some people. Because Jungkook seems always rejecting and cold towards Jimin, it made fans think that Jungkook was rude and disliked Jimin.
On the occasion, Jungkook, himself, even said that he likes to tease Jimin a lot not because he doesn’t like him, but because he isn’t good at showing his feelings. Like this one, on August 29, 2017, when BTS being interviewed on People TV’s Confession, there was a question about what would Jimin like to be if he wasn’t an idol. Jimin answered that he would chose to be a policeman. Then, Jungkook, in his cute way, jokingly teased Jimin by saying “Catch me!”, and looked to see Jimin’s reaction about that. But, the cute moment turned out to be very awkward as the other BTS members have speechless reactions with it.
You can watch the moment at 15:21 in the video below!
These days, we can see Jungkook always calls Jimin “Jimin-ssi” in the variety shows, reality shows, fan meets, as well as at BTS’s events. Their fans even collected their moments in a compilation video. You can watch below!
Some fans may be curious about why Jungkook called Jimin “Jimin-ssi” and not “Jimin hyung”? As “-ssi” is the formal honorific to show respect to someone when you are talking to or about them. The “-ssi” can be translated as “Mr./Mrs./Ms.” and is commonly used among people of approximately equal speech level, like it is used when he is about your age but he is not close with you. So why does Jungkook call him “Jimin-ssi”? Of course, it is an inside joke between the two of them. Because of Jungkook always calling him “Jimin-ssi” any time he can, Jimin sometimes struck back with “Jungkook-ssi”. How cute their relationship is.
On February 26, 2019, when BTS appeared on “EDAILY Culture Award”, a fan recorded the moment when Jungkook caught Jimin’s finger.
5. Jungkook bought Jimin and him tickets to go to Japan together
On October 31, 2017, Jungkook and Jimin were spotted by fansat Disney Land Tokyo in Japan, having fun and enjoying their time. They even updated their selfie on BTS’s official Twitter account.
On November 8, 2017, Jungkook uploaded a vlog of their moments in Japan, named “G.C.F. (Golden Closet Film) in Tokyo” on BTS’s YouTube account, which was filmed while Jungkook and Jimin were in Japan. Previously, Jimin uploaded the preview clips through their official Twitter account on November 6, 2017.
It seems like Jungkook just granted Jimin’s wish for “Going out with Jungkook alone”. They really traveled to Tokyo together. You can watch the vlog below!
On December 21, 2017, when BTS appeared on “BTS x Shibuya 109 Podcast”, Jungkook was asked the question “What is the most memorable moment from Japan?“. Jungkook answered with a delightful smile on his face that the most memorable moment from Japan is when he and Jimin traveled together. He looked so happy to share it.
6. Jungkook loves his favorite black bag, which was a gift from Jimin
ARMYs noticed that Jungkook has been frequently carrying a black bag, and he was seen carrying the bag at the airport while on his way to Los Angeles, as reported by Koreaboo. He definitely loves his black bag very much, based on the way he closely holds it to his side.
It was revealed that on September 6, 2018, during the VLive Livestream, Jungkook shared, “I received a present from Jimin hyung. He’s a ‘Gift Fairy’. You know that black bag that I have been carrying around lately was from Jimin.” While BTS were filming their performances for Music Core, Jimin surprised Jungkook by suddenly giving a birthday gift. Jungkook said that he felt thankful and he is gratefully using it well.
“Since then, every day, Jimin would look at the bag and joke around like, ‘Your bag is so cool’” Jungkook continued.
As you look closer, there is the famous Louis Vuitton logo decorating its bag strap. It is definitely not an ordinary bag from Louis Vuitton. Fans found out that it is a Keepall Bandoulière Bag that is worth approximately $3,300 USD!
7. Jungkook accepted that Jimin is the hyung who is concerned about him
When Jungkook is having a bad day or concerned about something, Jimin is the hyung who asks him what’s going on and becomes a good listener for him. Jungkook views Jimin as someone he can be himself with without worry, even though, Jungkook always teases Jimin on-cam and off-cam. As Jimin said, when Jimin is about to sleep Jungkook has more than once whispered to Jimin, “Jimin hyung, I’m sorry. I love you“.
Or you can watch the video below!
8. Jungkook only gave a present to Jimin
On June 13, 2017, BTS uploaded a BTS Kkul FM 06.13 on their YouTube channel. “BTS KKul FM 06.13” is a one hour or longer video that is uploaded every year on the 13th of June, their debut stage date. At the time, the members of BTS asked Jungkook why he only gave a birthday present to Jimin, and not the others when they have a birthday. The other members of BTS seemed to be jealous and wanted Jungkook to explain, but sadly, Jungkook avoided answering the question.
You can watch the moment at 53:25 the video below!