You’ve heard of the ’97-line squad, which consists of icons such as BTS‘s Jungkook, GOT7‘s BamBam and Yugyeom, ASTRO‘s Cha Eunwoo, NCT‘s Jaehyun, and SEVENTEEN‘s Mingyu. But fans have been suspecting NCT’s Jungwoo of ‘collecting’ ’98-liner friends for some time. And interestingly enough, it seems like many of them are friends with each other too!
Here are some of the ’98-line idols who reportedly hang out together and form K-Pop’s ’98-liner squad!
1. NCT’s Jungwoo
Jungwoo may be technically an introvert, but that doesn’t stop him from being at the heart of K-Pop’s ’98-line squad. In the past, he’s shown off his close friendship with Stray Kids‘s Lee Know and SEVENTEEN‘s Seungkwan…
Jungwoo : This is my friend who's MCing with me!
Doyoung : Ooh friend~
Jungwoo : Lee Know~(discovering another familiar face) Hi! Hey what are you doing here~? It's BooBoojella* (Seungkwan)~😆
*T/N : wordplay from vuvuzela and SK's surname 'Boo' 😆 cute
— Dyva🌸 (@captainuwu) May 31, 2022
…and most recently he was seen hanging out with bestie THE BOYZ‘s Juyeon at 2022 ISAC.
jungwoo and juyeon interaction at isac !! 98z besties 🏻 pic.twitter.com/5LJ7hwSk4Z
— tricia♡ is seeing svt (@jwooshiluvr) July 31, 2022
2. Stray Kids’ Lee Know
Lee Know became friends with Jungwoo through their job as MCs on Music Core.
He’s also known to be friends with Seungkwan, Juyeon, and ATEEZ‘s Seonghwa. He and Juyeon collaborated together on a stage performance of SuperM‘s “Tiger Inside” along with several other ’98-liners, including ASTRO‘s Moonbin, PENTAGON‘s Kino, WOODZ, and others.
3. THE BOYZ’s Juyeon
Juyeon has proven he’s close with Jungwoo on a couple of different occasions, including earlier this year when he stepped in as a guest MC for their mutual friend Lee Know.
Juyeon was also seen hanging out with both of them at 2022 ISAC.
lee know and juyeon(?) pic.twitter.com/bhT6KvwyXJ
— lena ✰☺︎︎ (@staysday6) August 1, 2022
4. SEVENTEEN’s Seungkwan
Out of the ’98-liners, Seungkwan is known to be besties with Jungwoo, Lee Know, and Juyeon, and is in fact friends with members from all three of their groups as well.
A fan spotted Seungkwan with NCT's Doyoung and Jungwoo in a cafe was able to get their autographs.
Op said that Doyoung was sitting in a four-seater seat and Seungkwan was sitting across him beside Jungwoo.
While JW was signing, Boo asked Op when did he start liking Doyoung. pic.twitter.com/kVZExeAvD2
— ❄️ (@jeonmanwon) April 2, 2022
sunwoo talked about playing soccer with juyeon and seventeen seungkwan! he even told seungkwan he’s gonna be seungkwan’s younger brother
sunwoo said while playing soccer, all of seungkwan’s ments were all so funny pic.twitter.com/JqFZPXbBwd
— simli ◡̈ (@for82sy) June 6, 2022
As a matter of fact, when Jungwoo and Lee Know were getting to know each other, they bonded over their mutual friendship with Seungkwan!
Seungkwan saying he watched the clip where Lee Know and Jungwoo mentioned him. Seungkwan also sayingg he's friend with both of them.
+ Seungkwan said he monitored Jungwoo and Lee Know when they are mc-ing and he laughing bcs he saw how nervous they arepic.twitter.com/IldeHOCWsL
— 피 (@knowbinchan) August 14, 2021
5. ATEEZ’s Seonghwa
Following ATEEZ’s appearance on Kingdom: Legendary War, Seonghwa revealed that two of the idols he’d become friends with were Lee Know and Juyeon. This took Hongjoong (who is also a ’98-liner) by surprise, and he became amusingly jealous of how close Seonghwa now is with his new besties.
seonghwa went from having no 98liner celebrity friends (other than hongjoong) to having skz lee know and tbz juyeon. actually so happy for him 😭 pic.twitter.com/YoAy4CM35C
— ❀ 쥬쥬 (@introtohwa) September 15, 2021
Honorable mention: ATEEZ’s Hongjoong
While Hongjoong did not seem to have socialized with his fellow ’98-liners in Kingdom: Legendary War as much as Seonghwa did, he was seen hanging out and chatting with NCT’s Jungwoo at this year’s ISAC, so perhaps he may also be joining the ’98-line squad!
jungwoo sungchan shotaro and ateez yeosang hongjoong are chatting together 🥰 pic.twitter.com/8pj8Yol0Fy
— tricia♡ is seeing svt (@jwooshiluvr) August 1, 2022