JYP Entertainment recently debuted their newest girl group, NMIXX, which is the first girl group the agency has debuted since ITZY debuted in 2019. Who would have thought, Shin Ryujin apparently had a training period with several NMIXX members.
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Given that the gap between the two debuts is only about three years, it’s not surprising that some of the NMIXX members were at the agency long enough to become friends with ITZY as fellow trainees. Ryujin himself confirmed this in a recent live broadcast.
Ryujin called them “four friends” whom he spent years as a trainee, who are now a member of NMIXX. “There are four friends from NMIXX that I have trained with in the past. Lily, Kyujin, Jiwoo… Are there only three of them? Oh, Ginny!” Ryujin said.
This isn’t too surprising for fans considering that Lily’s pre-debut photo with ITZY’s Chaeryeong and her sister, Lee Chae Yeon, previously resurfaced. In fact, Lily has been with JYP Entertainment since she placed 4th on the survival program “K-POP STAR” in 2014.
Ryujin had nothing but warm words of encouragement for his junior group, saying that he was looking forward to their debut. “I know four of them so I’m looking forward to it. They’re already in the basement,” Ryujin said.
Whether it’s visuals, singing skills, dancing prowess, or more, they deserve everyone’s attention according to Ryujin. “They are all very beautiful and talented people so I’m really looking forward to it,” continued the beautiful idol.