K-Pop idols are often expected to do aegyo (a cute display of affection).
Still, some idols and Korean celebrities detest the act of aegyo, especially as it can become cringy and awkward as one matures.
One of Korea’s most popular K-Pop idols, soloist and actress IU, actually is known to be a certified “hater” of aegyo, although she is basically aegyo personified!
IU has been in the K-Pop industry for years now. So, she has done her fair share.
Here’s IU back when she would willingly do an aegyo. 🤣😂🐥🐥 pic.twitter.com/qajzEwNRPB
— 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐢 (@choobimii) February 6, 2020
Yet, as IU got older, she began to let it be known that she actually doesn’t enjoy doing aegyo. She finds it difficult to do although we all think she’s so good at it!
IU saying that doing aegyo was really hard even though she worked hard and then proceeding to make the cutest noises ever pic.twitter.com/XOcdvizOkN
— dave #BrokerInCannes (@iubiscuit) January 31, 2019
But sometimes, IU can’t help but cringe! Aegyo really is not all that easy.
IU malfunctioning before an after doing aegyo pic.twitter.com/eidecUcfoK
— 🐹💙 (@iureveloona1) July 13, 2019
Nevertheless, when she does it, fans can’t get enough!
I came here to attack u with IU's aegyo,, WAY too much for my heart to handle 😩💓 pic.twitter.com/FIhiVrUuik
— daph 💌 (@babiejieun) January 14, 2020
We can never forget her recreation of Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won)’s iconic aegyo from the K-Drama Fight For My Way.
Oh gosh. I saw this in my tl again and I can't stop laughing at how kyeopta IU's impersonation of Ae-Ra's aegyo in Fight For My Way. 😍 pic.twitter.com/4NGHep4F3v
— p🎨 (@fridayfairytale) September 14, 2019
Now, IU is doing aegyo in the most unexpectant of places.
IU recently made her debut at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival for 2022 film Broker. The 75th annual Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 17 to 28 in Cannes, France.
As always, IU’s visuals stunned everyone! She is absolutely as beautiful IRL as she is onscreen.
fan taken pictures from today pic.twitter.com/1D7RGodVfU
— ً (@jeunstills) May 26, 2022
Even more, so, the crowd praised IU’s talents. She received her first standing ovation at the film festival.
IU’s first Cannes standing ovation is everything we needed. pic.twitter.com/jju5qtB11k
— NEON (@neonrated) May 26, 2022
It’s certainly a new environment for IU. So, she may have inadvertently slipped into K-Pop idol mode when she noticed the camera on her at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
For a brief moment, IU smiled cutely and made a heart with her hands. And, her fans are loving the fact that she did aegyo at such a prestigious international event.
IU serving kpop idol aegyo at a fancy Cannes film premier is such a power move
— kitkat (@the_kittykat5) May 26, 2022
IU just can’t help it! Being cute is second nature to her.
CUTEST PERSON IN FRANCE pic.twitter.com/l9GQ39bXcs
— ً (@ltinyjieun) May 26, 2022
The video clip of IU doing aegyo at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival is going viral on Twitter with over 1 million views at the time of writing. Netizens are jokingly suggesting IU forgot she was not at Mnet or MAMA!
IU automatically doing aegyo and then realizing she's not at mama but cannes sjsjs https://t.co/fJTjy06zh1
— gi~ (@wonyounator) May 26, 2022
she’s ready to pick up her triple crown 😭
— kitkat (@the_kittykat5) May 27, 2022
IU carrying the whole Kpop industry of South Korea and making that "kpop idol aegyo" move debut in Cannes. 😂 https://t.co/GayMpnOXGH
— Jieun’s Mole (@jieunfei) May 27, 2022
That’s not all, though. IU has been going viral for impeccable fan service at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival too! Read more below: