Yeri and AKMU
Another one of Yeri’s friends is AKMU’s Lee Su-hyun, who she has gotten to know from promoting during the same period and meeting backstage. The two are extremely close even though they have very little interactions that can be seen by fans directly. Unlike previous friends who can be seen interacting with Yeri in Idol Star Athletics Championship event and the like, AKMU rarely promotes and goes on variety shows but when they do, Su-hyun never fails to mention her friendship with Yeri.
Fans who have a keen eye first noticed their friendship through Yeri’s slight cameo as the friend that Su-hyun is chatting with in Hi Suhyun’s I’m Different music video. The music video itself tells a story of Lee Su-hyun and Lee Hi having a crush on IKON’s Bobby, and when Su-hyun is gushing about him, fans saw that the contact name spells Yeri and refers to Red Velvet’s Yeri as Lee Su-hyun confirms in another interview.
Yeri, Kim Sae-ron and Lee Su-hyun are also often seen hanging out together and have been dubbed the golden trio. One of the fans recalls seeing them going around Seoul shopping for makeup and generally being the teens that they are. As seen in the picture above, Yeri and Kim Sae-ron can be seen joking around with Lee Su-hyun’s older brother, AKMU’s Lee Chan-hyuk before his enlistment. The caption that Lee Chan-hyuk wrote makes a jab at the trio, stating that two more of his sister has appeared, referring to how the three as very much alike. Yeri can also be seen in another post made by Lee Su-hyun of the two hanging out at a cafe during one of their rest days.
Another proof of their friendship is Lee Su-hyun being one of the friends comforting Yeri when she broke down during Shinee’s Jong-hyun tribute on one of the year-end music festivals, wrapping an arm around Yeri and making sure she is okay.
Yeri with Ha Yeon-soo and Shim Eun-kyung
As mentioned previously, Yeri has made some very unexpected friends in the Korean entertainment industry, one of them being actress Ha Yeon-seo. They both bonded over having very similar visuals that fans have compared to the popular Pokemon character Squirtle. The character Squirtle is famous between fans as the ultimate representation of cutesy and sweet visuals as the character is depicted as having a very pronounced eye smile, a rounded face shape, a bright smile, and small face parameter.
The two of them are usually seen with another fan of Red Velvet and Yeri, that is actress Shim Eun-kyung. Shim Eun-kyung started falling for Red Velvet sometime in Automatic and Ice Cream Cake promotions period and was introduced to the group through SM company senior, BoA who offered to take Shim Eun-kyung with her. This led the three to be close with each other as they all are fans of each other’s work and meets up as often as they could outside of work.
Yeri and Blackpink
The newest addition to Yeri’s lineup of social circle is 2018’s hit girl group, Blackpink. Debuting in 2016, Blackpink can be considered Red Velvet’s junior and with quite a big gap at that too. Furthermore, Blackpink is from SM’s rival company, YG, and is rarely seen in events or variety. So fans wondered how did they get close, the answer being that Blackpink and Red Velvet goes to the same makeup and hair salon, thus bonding and exchanging numbers when they are at the salon. It started with Blackpink’s Jennie and Red Velvet’s leader, Irene, but soon spread amongst the member.
Yeri herself is particularly close with members Jennie and Rose, despite the age difference. Their friendship can be seen through the picture above, where Jennie and Yeri interacted at the ending of an award show. Furthermore, during Red Velvet’s Red Flavor promotions, their promotion period overlapped and during Red Flavor’s win at a music show, Rose danced along with Yeri during the encore stage. Their friendship truly surpasses borders created by their company.
Yeri and Apink
In the case of Apink, Yeri has once gone against Apink’s Nam-joo during a wrestling match on Idol Star Athletics Championship. Their match definitely sent shockwaves throughout the fandom as it is a true display of their skill and strength. The match also seems to end with no hard feelings in place, as fans hope to see them interact more in the future. Check out a cut of their match down below!