It’s not uncommon for idols who debut nowadays to be born after the year 2000, even though that might make old-school K-Pop fans feel ancient. For example, Minji and Hanni, the oldest members of NewJeans, were both born in 2004!
These young singers grew up being inspired by a completely different group of boy bands from the generations before them, like Hanni, who was a massive fan of One Direction! An old photo of Hanni was found by fans showing how dedicated a Directioner she was since it displayed her at a concert holding a sign that said, “WE LOVE ONE DIRECTION.”
hanni being a one direction fan pic.twitter.com/KXhBvPNyck
— newjeans pics #OMG (@picsnewjeans) July 23, 2022
Hanni certified her Directioner status in a fan call event when she was asked if she had a bias in the world-famous boy group. Hanni had a ready answer. “My bias in One Direction? To be honest, nearly everyone was Harry, but I really liked Niall,” she said.
hanni talks about her bias in one direction 😭
🐰 my bias in one direction?
🐰 everyone’s harry, but i really like niall
🐰 we’re directioners 🤫 pic.twitter.com/i47UTSvu2o
— 뿅 (@haniphams) December 6, 2022
Their conversation shows that not only was Hanni surrounded by other One Direction fans growing up, but she put a lot of thought into who was her favorite member!
To this day, Hanni can’t contain herself when she hears a One Direction song, giggling and smiling at the introduction of the group’s single, “What Makes You Beautiful.”
hanni getting giggly over one direction 😭 shes a fan 😭 pic.twitter.com/xj4r5hDqhE
— 뿅 (@haniphams) August 14, 2022
Since NewJeans has become an international sensation, hopefully, one day, Hanni will meet her favorite boy group!