Stray Kids‘ Bang Chan is the latest inductee into K-Pop’s most iconic friendship group!
The ’97-liners is a group of male idol friends that originated with BTS and GOT7‘s maknaes Jungkook and Yugyeom, respectively. The squad has grown to include BTS’s Jungkook, GOT7’s Yugyeom and fellow maknae BamBam, SEVENTEEN‘s Mingyu, ASTRO‘s Cha Eunwoo, NCT‘s Jaehyun, and now apparently Stray Kids’ leader Bang Chan!
The friend group is known to hang out as often as their schedules permit. Recently, the group, consisting of Jaehyun, Jungkook, Eunwoo, and Bang Chan, went to a nice beef restaurant where they left their autographs behind.
The owner uploaded a photo of the idols’ autographs onto Instagram and thanked him with a sweet caption!
It’s no surprise that Bang Chan would also be a member of this friend group, considering he has a reputation for being one of the friendliest idols in the industry.
anyway this is the most bang chan thing ever hugging the members and getting closer to them this is just him pls pic.twitter.com/h5G7rJgBZh
— vi ☕️ (@binchanb) April 15, 2022
chan talked about jaemin and jeno in his live! he said its was fun filming with them as they were comfortable with each other, he also said jaemin and jeno are dongsaengs who he values and is friendly with, he also cheered for them being mcs for kcon! pic.twitter.com/IhVwG2mngX
— skzdream thinker (@thinkskzdrm) August 22, 2022
But now, knowing that he is officially part of the ’97-liners’ group, K-Pop multi fans are realizing that he has likely been a friend of Jungkook specifically for quite a while…
On numerous occasions, netizens can recall that Bang Chan has played BTS’s music and praised the group during his weekly live broadcast Chan’s Room.
You have to admit, he’s good at everything. I’ve been listening to this song, even between schedules these days, because the song is just so good.
— Bang Chan talking about Jungkook while listening to “Stay Alive”
Bang Chan has especially been vocal about his admiration for Jungkook. He had the most precious reaction to Jungkook’s solo “Euphoria!”
bringing back chan reacting to jungkook's euphoria in celebration of them being friends 🥰pic.twitter.com/bR22SBU5Sb
— btskz talker 💿 (@613MENU) August 25, 2022
Yet, this isn’t all that has fans convinced that the two have been friends for a while.
In a 2020 interview with Access, the BTS members were asked what their favorite words in English were. Jungkook answered “breaky” (also spelled “brekky,” “brekkie,” etc.) without hesitation. The fluent English speaker, RM, was so confused that he misheard it as the name “Becky,” like their friend Becky G.
The interviewer and Jungkook explained that “breaky” is a slang term for breakfast. It is used specifically by Australians, though.
he was so proud of himself when he knew that “breaky” was a slang term for breakfast, JUNGKOOK ENGLISH KING pic.twitter.com/WajOK5frH2
— myrcka⁷ 🧚♂️ (@bffjeongguk) February 23, 2020
And where else would Jungkook have learned the term other than from an Australian? Of course, STAYs recognize that Bang Chan is an Aussie and has been heard using this slang before.
moral of the story:
australians are lazy and shorten everything hahah 😂
g'day = good day
brekkie = breakfast
barbie = barbeque
arvo = afternoon#StrayKids #StrayKids_ASC #BangChan #FelixLee pic.twitter.com/1blIBIlZ8S
— jamie ❄️ (@snowflakeseeker) April 3, 2018
So, it seems more than plausible that Bang Chan had taught Jungkook! At least many netizens are convinced of this.
i knew bangchan was in the 97 line when jungkook said breaky https://t.co/04jQUfgevS
— ikie 🌈 (@renejins) August 25, 2022
Previously, Bang Chan had subtly hinted that he was a member of the ’97-liners during an episode of Chan’s Room.
Read more about the friendship below.