And Ryujin and Karina even got swept up in dating rumors which Ryujin responded to during a live broadcast.
Dating? I mean, I call her jagi (darling). I don’t normally call people jagi but I do use jagi for Chaeryeong & Jimin unnie (Karina). And… Jimin unnie and I’ve made snow ducks together before… and snow bears, too.
Chaeryeong explained that ITZY and aespa first met because they shared an elevator at Music Core. While initially awkward, Chaeryeong revealed that they’d quickly grown closer.
At the 2021 Dream Concert, ITZY bought aespa watermelon juice to further their friendship, although when the time came to give the gift, Chaeryeong was so shy that she invented an excuse.
In the past, Ryujin has revealed that she’s especially close to Karina, Winter, and Giselle, showing just how close friends they are by referring to the members by their real names, not stage names.
#ITZY Ryujin talking about her friendship with aespa in her recent V LIVE
“I’m close with Winter…Minjeongie, Karina… Jimin unnie, and Giselle… Aeri unnie. I’m not that close with Ningning yet. We became friends after I brought them the watermelon juice!”#aespa #에스파 pic.twitter.com/FkC3R4KQDL
— aespresso (@aespresso_SM) December 4, 2021
Ryujin even went viral for staying on stage to hype up aespa’s win for “Savage.”
ITZY recently joined aespa for their “Girls” TikTok challenge, further showing off their adorable friendship.
Given ITZY and aespa’s ever-growing friendship, it’s no surprise that a fan asked Ryujin to pick her favorite aespa member during a fancall. Although Ryujin laughed at first, instead of initially answering the question, she finally picked Karina as the member she’s closest to.
ITZY Ryujin mentioned Karina in a fansign
OP: You did a great job with aespa on tiktok today.
🐱: Thank you
OP: Also…if you can only choose one person between Karina and Winter, who would you choose?
Op: Only one
🐱: For me, Jimin unnie
OP: Ouh i got it pic.twitter.com/RorD0xqQBh
— karina's 1st wife (@ujiminphoria) August 8, 2022
Hopefully fans will get to see more adorable interactions in the future.