The photo was almost instantly re-uploaded.
Fans are defending EXO‘s Baekhyun after cigarettes were seen in his selfie with a friend.
While fans love seeing their favorite groups interact, they also enjoy seeing them meet up with friends during their downtime.
James “Tiny” Kim, friend to many K-Celebs, has shared plenty of content on social media with various EXO members throughout the years, most recently going viral on TikTok for his videos with members of EXO.
On September 7, Tiny shared photos of himself eating with different members of EXO as part of a throwback post. The first photo showed Tiny along with Chanyeol and Kai, who are sitting across from him.
Baekhyun was seated next to him and seen in the second picture. Though Baekhyun’s no make-up look was stunning, fans couldn’t help but notice something else in the photo.
On Baekhyun’s right side, placed on the table are what appears to be a pack of cigarettes.
Tiny has since reposted the photo with the cigarettes cropped out, but the uncropped picture was spread on X (formerly Twitter).
백현아~ 너 담배폈네?
너 그런애 아니었잖아 해명해 pic.twitter.com/i52NCgrrGs
— 뽀송이 (@BBOSONGEEEEE) September 7, 2023
Fans have defended the artist, first, by pointing out that the cigarettes may belong to Tiny, who has been seen smoking on his account.
The dinner group photo was taken on December,2022 when Baekhyun was still in the military.
Do you guys really think that Baekhyun is so dumb to “POSE FOR A SELFIE with a packet of cigarettes” unless it’s NOT his?
— Baekhyun’s ”my love”💞 (@Candyy_Baekhyun) September 7, 2023
Other fans have stated that Baekhyun is an adult and can choose to smoke if he wishes, even citing the recent issues with SM Entertainment as a reason for his potential smoking.
this man sings like an angel with that lung so who cares https://t.co/IQQgJsBZpi
— ⭐️ (@hyunacht) September 7, 2023
if i was going through what he’s gone through with sm recently i would start smoking too idk https://t.co/E9dv70XhLz
— 🕳 (@jieunbaeks) September 7, 2023
he’s 31 years old https://t.co/ssUfR4eQT5
— bleu ⚡︎ SAW AESPA (@realyujimin) September 7, 2023
Recently, EXO member D.O. was allegedly fined for smoking indoors, which you can read more about below.
EXO’s D.O. Fined For Smoking Indoors, According To K-Netizen Who Reported Him