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“What are their pet names?” … Taeyeon, Baekhyun, everything about their dating ’11’
Q: When did Taeyeon and Baekhyun start dating?
A: They first met in 2011. It was when SM took Baekhyun in as a trainee, and it is then when they started developing their friendship. They started liking each other last year, and they started their relationship in February.
Q: What do they like about each other?
A: Baekhyun was a fan of Taeyeon ever since he was a trainee. Taeyeon noticed Baekhyun the most out of the other EXO members. She liked his cute appearance and his perseverance. Taeyeon would look after Baekhyun when he would practice until early in the morning.
Q: What are their similarities?
A: Baekhyun has been a trainee for 7 months. Compared to EXO-K’s leader Suho’s 7 year life as a trainee, Baekhyun debuted very early which caused him a lot of stress. He realized he was lacking in many ways compared to the other members. Taeyeon became Baekhyun’s mentor. Baekhyun leaned on Taeyeon, and Taeyeon supported him.
Q: Do they have nicknames for each other?
A: They call each other ‘Taengkoong’. Taeyeon’s nickname is ‘Taengoo’ and Baekhyun’s is ‘Baekoong’, so they combined it. Taeyeon calls Baekhyun ‘Bae-kyeon’, ‘Bae-keong’, and ‘Bae-koong’. Baekhyun calls Taeyeon ‘Taengoo-ah’ or ‘Taeyeon-ah’. They speak to each other informally.
Q: Why were some fans suspicious that they were dating?
A: The rumors started because of their couple items. They share a bracelet, cell phones, headset, and sunglasses. They use the same brands. They even upload similar photos to Instagram.
Q: Do they have a lot of skinship?
A: At last year’s 2012 SMTOWN ending, Taeyeon whispered in Baekhyun’s ear. And at last year’s Incheon Hallyu Concert, Taeyeon poked Baekhyun’s back. When EXO won an award at last year’s end award shows, she patted his head. But they weren’t dating during these times. They liked each other, but they were still just sunbae and hoobae.
Q: Was “Taengkoongberimachi” evidence of their dating?
A: On January, Taeyeon posted an Instagram picture of a starbucks cup with her face on it with the caption “taengkoongberimachi”. Fans suspected this was a reference to their nickname for each other.
Q: When do they usually date?
A: They usually meet up right before daybreak. When they were first caught by Dispatch on the 5th, Taeyeon drove up near Baekhyun’s dorm at around 2am. Fans have gone home at this time, so they used this time to meet up.
Q: Did they have time to meet up often?
A: Last month, they met up 5 times. They are both promoting a lot in both Korea and other countries. They enjoy dates despite their busy schedules. When they’re in Korea, they meet up after their schedules end. When they get back from foreign countries, they meet up a bit earlier and spend more time together.
Q: Where do they usually date?
A: Usually in Taeyeon’s car, a Benz SLK 55AMG. Taeyeon goes directly to Baekhyun’s dorm with her car. They then went to a parking lot. Taeyeon’s car is a convertible. When there are no people, they take the top down and get some fresh air.
Q: Why are there no eyewitness accounts of them at a coffee shop or cafe?
A: There’s no one between the age of 10 and 20 that don’t know who Taeyeon or Baekhyun is. They never leave their car when they go outside so they don’t have a set place they go to because they’re always moving in their car. When they don’t have any schedules, they just drive around and talk to each other.
A ‘Nature Republic’ rep confirmed the news, “We signed a 2-year endorsement deal with Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and idol group EXO who are receiving enormous popularity as Hallyu stars.”
Having signed these idol stars, the brand expects a synergy effect between the popularity of Taeyeon and EXO across Asia and the brand’s branches in 12 countries to increase their recognition internationally.