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Does Jackson Wang Have a Girlfriend? Got7 Idol Seen Holding Hands in the Club

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Does Jackson Wang have a new girlfriend? Well, it’s complicated.

First of all, it should be mentioned that under his contract with JYP, Jackson isn’t even allowed to have a girlfriend. But the idol clarified that he has no plans to date, even after the contract comes to a close.

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“The reason is because I can’t take care of myself,” he told his fans on Facebook Live. “So how would I take care of someone else? If you want to take care of someone, you need to have the ability, time, and everything…but I don’t have anything! I can’t even take care of my parents right now, how can I care for another?”

So why, then, is Jackson trending on Weibo for holding hands with a fashion influencer? Who is Jackson Wang’s girlfriend?

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Jackson Wang is seen briefly holding hands with Iris as he leads her inside

In the viral clips, Jackson is seen holding hands on a supposed date with a fashion influencer named Iris. Soon enough, “Wang Jia’er and Iris” was a top ten trending topic on Weibo.

But not so fast; it turns out the clip comes from back in July, when Jackson was promoting his clothing label TEAM WANG — after all, what idol would go on a date with his own name plastered across his back?

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Screenshots from Iris’s livestream

In Iris’s livestream from the event, you can see her conversing with Jackson, who she says approached her and identified her from Instagram. But according to fans, that treatment wasn’t out of the ordinary — Jackson was seen saying similar things to other influencers at the event.

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Meanwhile, another user claimed that Jackson had hit on her in a Toronto club, and that she’d been too drunk to realize who he was. But when she posted screenshots of a purported Instagram DM exchange with Jackson, internet sleuths were quick to debunk them as fake.

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The original screenshot shows Jackson Wang responding “yes” to questions about his new music, not to having met the sender in Canada

So with the Iris lead and the Toronto lead both turning out to be dead ends (and based on the star’s own feelings about relationships), it seems that Jackson Wang is still single.

Right now, Jackson is preparing for a comeback with Got7, the idol group he debuted with, and it’s possible that rival fan groups could be responsible for the rumors. Or maybe Jackson just likes holding his fans’ hands.

Adan Kohnhorst
Adan Kohnhorst is a Shanghai-based writer, producer, and multimedia artist, and the Associate Editor at RADII. His work has been featured in publications such as Maxim and the Chinese-language StreetVoice, and he’s an active member of the hip hop and DIY music scenes in Shanghai, NYC, and Dallas. He learned Mandarin in high school so he could train at the Shaolin Temple, but now just uses it to interview rappers. He blogs about China and Asia on Instagram: @this.is.adan