It’s no surprise that LE SSERAFIM and IVE are good friends, seeing as Chaewon and Sakura debuted together with Ahn Yujin and Wonyoung long before they joined their respective groups.
The four artists were all members of the legendary girl group IZ*ONE before it was disbanded in 2021. While fans were sad to see the group end, its members have proven many times since then that their friendship is far from over.
Not only do they all still hang out (in some cases, excessively), but they are now also bringing their new members into the fold. Sakura, for example, brought fellow LE SSERAFIM member Kazuha to a hangout with her IZ*ONE bestie Kang Hyewon.
Seems like Kazuha, Sakura, Chaewon & Hyewon had BBQ together ^^
OP: Have you had any interaction with ex-IZ*ONE members through Sakura & Chaewon?
🦢The other day, (we) went to BBQ with Kang Hyewon unnie!
OP: Seriously?! How nice!
— Fujii Itsuki (@fujii_itsuki) November 27, 2022
Given the tight bond that exists between the artists, it’s hardly a surprise that IVE’s big win at the 2022 Melon Music Awards had LE SSERAFIM feeling rather emotional.
Both groups took home major awards, with LE SSERAFIM winning “Best Performance: Female” and the “Hot Trend Award,” while IVE swept up four wins, including a daesang.
Yujin, who is the leader of IVE, had netizens feeling emotional with her reaction to the daesang victory…
yujin…. no… 😭😭😭😭😭😭 you did so so so so well 😭❤️pic.twitter.com/1EZC6GqxNF
— 캬라멜 🍡💙 (@caramelmoochi) November 26, 2022
…especially after an old video of hers resurfaced.
– MMA 2016: yujin witnessed the moment that other group won their first Daesang
– MMA 2022: she won the very 1st DAESANG with her group as the leader pic.twitter.com/iZfR7mO049
— yuyu (@AnSequence) November 26, 2022
But LE SSERAFIM, and particularly Chaewon and Sakura, were no less affected. As IVE took to the stage, Chaewon and Sakura looked on in pride…
— YJ ent• (@yujtriever) November 26, 2022
And when they saw Yujin break down in tears as IVE accepted their award, both of the former IZ*ONE members became visibly teary-eyed as well. As did their fellow LE SSERAFIM members!
ssamkkura’s reactions when yujin started crying during her speech, they look like they’re about to cry too 😭 pic.twitter.com/S8P6OGGtRA
— thinking about izone 💭 (@izonethinkr) November 27, 2022
tears in my eyes pic.twitter.com/AMyC01qxT3
— mgns🐸 (@mingkigen) November 27, 2022
Fans were more than happy to see crumbs of this wholesome friendship, as it shows how artists have continued to be incredibly supportive of each other despite no longer being teammates.
chaewon’s proud smile as yujin delivers her speech. that’s my bffs yall 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/ZZHHVKQ7kI
— ♡ (@2kimchwn) November 27, 2022
When a fan asked Chaewon about her reaction to IVE’s win, she melted hearts by acknowledging that she did feel as proud as a mother at that moment.
op congratulated chaewon for winning at MMA and mentioned that during ive's speech, she looked at them like a mom so chaewon was like "ah really~? i feel like a mom 🏻" pic.twitter.com/PA5i5d5eXQ
— ㄱㅊㅇㄴ (@godchoiyena) November 27, 2022
Both groups certainly earned the awards they received, but perhaps the most fulfilling thing will always be seeing how they love and support each other so much!
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