It’s been three months since the Mnet vote manipulation scandal forced IZ*ONE onto hiatus, and the closer their February 17 comeback gets, the more fans can’t wait to see them again. Wondering what all the members have been getting up to while you’ve been waiting for Bloom*Iz to drop? Here’s where they’ve been spotted in the last month or so.
It looks like leader Eunbi has been spending some of her free time catching up with old friends. Hady, a fellow member of Eunbi’s former group YeA, posted a snap on her Instagram story of herself and some friends enjoying snacks together.
She captioned the photo “silver rain”—the English translation of “eun bi”.
Sakura’s most recent sighting was at the airport on January 17. Where was she going? The answer will warm your heart.
She and Nako were spotted attending the HKT48 concert together the next day!
February 7 marked the graduation date of numerous idols who attended Hanlim Multi Art School, including ITZY’s Chaeryeong and Ryujin. One of the non-famous students who graduated that day was Hyewon’s younger brother.
Yena & Yuri
So far, no one has managed to snap a pic of Yena or Yuri during the hiatus. However, back in December, the two did leave signatures at a Korean BBQ restaurant near the dorm along with Wonyoung.
워녕이 예나 유리 밥 먹으러 가써…? 38분 전에 올라온 게시글이라 최근 같은데ㅜㅜㅜㅜ pic.twitter.com/OEq17S1liF
— 채울 (@sleepless__o) December 20, 2019
Fans expected to see Chaeyeon visiting her birthday ads in January, just like she had done the year before.
chaeyeon was spotted at her birthday subway ad!! pic.twitter.com/8gseRYb2hY
— lee chaeyeon pics #BLOOMIZ (@chaenpics) January 1, 2019
But if she did, she must have disguised herself well, because fans couldn’t find her. There was, however, a WIZ*ONE who said they saw Chaeyeon out and about with faded yellow hair tips.
I saw IZ*ONE Chaeyeon…
Because it's too suddenly, i can't said anything.
I want tell Chaeyeon "fighting, Wiz*one always by your guys side".
But OP happy because she/he saw Chaeyeon is okay. https://t.co/KH96HdDZWU
— izone.cy (@IzoneCybear) December 25, 2019
Back on December 24, a WIZ*ONE uploaded a photo of Minju enjoying drinks at a café. But the photo only shows the girl’s back, so how could anyone possibly prove it was her?
Easy, according to a Korean fan: the shoelaces. One side is tied with the laces drooping down, and the other is tied with the laces sticking up—a trend they’ve noticed before. No wonder the fan had netizens replying “Mom, I’m scared” and “You’re crazy!”
Chaewon once promised Minju that the two would take their driver’s tests together. But it seems like Chaewon ditched that plan, because Chaewon was spotted taking her test back on January 7.
chaewon taking her drivers license test today 😭😭😭 fighting!! pic.twitter.com/Coi1V35JVN
— ꜰᴀʏᴇ #SnowWhiteMinjuDay (@minjoossama) January 7, 2020
WIZ*ONE are hoping she passed! They’re also hoping she’ll fulfil her other promise to Minju a few days before “Fiesta” is released—attending her SOPA graduation ceremony.
Chaewon: Minju-ya thanks
Minju: Unnie say thank you more
Chaewon: Minju thanks. I'll go to your graduation too
(Chaewon cringing at herself is so cute) pic.twitter.com/P42EOJ2lfA
— Jean (@vocalistbyul) February 25, 2019
Alongside traveling to Japan for the HKT48 concert with Sakura, Nako was also spotted heading back and forth on her own early in January.
Hitomi has been spotted a few times by fans recently. Like the rest of IZ*ONE’s J-line, she’s been traveling back and forth between Japan and Korea during her break.
One fan also spotted her shopping—coincidentally wearing the same coat Chaewon wore to her driving test!
아이즈원 니옷내옷 시즌2 ㅋㅋㅋ pic.twitter.com/z0yqTHtaTU
— 어서와앚은처음이지 (@hyewon_f) January 7, 2020
There haven’t been any confirmed Yujin sightings for a while, but one fan claimed she saw her at a Subway station with her hair tied up and airpods in.
yujin spotted at cheongdam station but pls take w/ pinch of salt
“is her hair dark brown? from what i see she had brown hair tied up w/ bangs white mask white long padding earphone? airpods? was what shes wearing!”
babygirl dropping by the dorms to stay the night perhaps? 🥺🙌 https://t.co/BZecIXzqnT
— ᵃᵈᵉᵉ (@YeoksiYujin) January 7, 2020
Another said she spotted Yujin celebrating the New Year with friends at the COEX countdown.
Yujin was spotted last night at COEX New Years Countdown and she was with 3 friends of hers. https://t.co/vGTJSBLfU1
— I ONLY LOVE IZ*ONE (@gnia2011) January 1, 2020
Maknae Wonyoung is also yet to be spotted. The best WIZ*ONE have so far is the photo of someone entering a restaurant from behind, which a fan claimed might be Wonyoung because of her height.
Wonyo spotted? OP posted this picture around Dec 2019. She was seen coming out from Bucheon Station: Outback Steakhouse.
Likewise "Take it with a grain of salt."
kwiz: If it’s 80% legs it’s wonyo. pic.twitter.com/p9Zzueaphu
— CJ✺R (@iamyoujinz) January 14, 2020
Another also said they saw Wonyoung out with her sister.