On January 16th, Hyungsik informed his fans through an interview that the two were not dating stating, "We just support and advise each other."
However, fans did not seem to be convinced so Jihyun decided to tweet a message on January 24th stating, "Like Hyungsik said in his interview, we're not in a relationship. Though I'm thankful to the fans [who like seeing us together], I keep receiving mentions about it, so I want to be honest. Yes 'The Romantic & Idol' was an unscripted reality program! We've decided to retain a noona-dongsaeng relationship. I ask that you support us in the future as well."