NCT‘s Chenle is known for being one hilarious, savage king. So much so, that it became an ongoing gag during an episode of Weekly Idol in which NCT DREAM guested in. But Chenle isn’t just savage with his members—he’s actually received praise from NCTzens before for always keeping things real with fans, remembering to reinforce healthy boundaries between him and them while being an encouraging (and savage) role model at the same time.
Most recently, he did it when, after missing him for four days on Bubble, fans started to get suspicious of his absence, suggesting that perhaps he’d had his ‘Bubble privileges’ taken away by SM Entertainment.
but if we think about it, mark lee his fav son released a solo song and jisung's birthday, basically on wangmori line days but chenle didn't say anything, that's sus… what really happened, is he really banned for anything that connects him with fans? free chenle 😭
— 乐🐈⬛！♡ (@LELECIAGA) February 6, 2022
my boy chenle been missing for days 😩
— erni. (@_renjxn) February 6, 2022
When he reappeared, he calmed everyone down with with the most hilariously obvious explanation—he’d been busy.
chenle said he hasn’t been on 💬 recently because he’s been super super busy !!
— 🐈 (@squishyychenle) February 6, 2022
Fans couldn’t help but laugh, resulting in some golden memes that perfectly encapsulate NCTzens’ relationship with Chenle.
CHENLE ☺️🥲 pic.twitter.com/OOSTokS8Ob
— 乐🐈⬛！♡ (@LELECIAGA) February 6, 2022
In fact, they were also amused by the fact that the first thing Chenle did when he came on Bubble again was talk about Mark and Jisung.
the way chenle's first bubble after almost four days is about jisung
— ♪ (@sungleverse) February 6, 2022
chenle gone for days and now he's back all he's talking about is mark, jisung and the bbl ban allegations 😭
— yloii ✿ chenle's bff (@cchenluv01) February 6, 2022
But Chenle also got fans real good when he famously ‘dumped’ them on Bubble in January 2022.
In response to some messages from fans, Chenle got super real, saying “Don’t think about marrying me all day.” He reminded everyone that, while admiring idols is good, “You have to have your own life too. Your life is more important.” This led to some hilarious reactions from NCTzens that, despite being more than just surprised at what Chenle said…
damn zhong chenle it’s 9 in the morning 😭 pic.twitter.com/MYif5dAqVX
— elle sofia, univ (@jaeyangsvalente) January 20, 2022
…were also really appreciative of the healthy approach he is taking to interacting with his fans.
chenle said touch some grass haaha pic.twitter.com/5ohZrIqxUV
— 별 🐈⬛ (@chenletonin) January 20, 2022
zhong chenle really said go get a life and don't wait for me. this man woke up, chose reality and straight up dumped his fans. he's so hot for that
— ً (@haescult) January 20, 2022
ok but chenle is the best example of a good idol. he can form a line between his work and real life, clearly creating a healthy bond between him and us fans. i'm so happy to know that he is really aware of what he's doing, he is a professional
— 乐🐈⬛！♡ (@LELECIAGA) January 20, 2022
This approach is extremely refreshing, and it makes his relationship with fans all the more genuine because it means he’s prioritizing honesty about the nature of his relationship with fans as an idol. But perhaps it’s even more encouraging to see the positive reception that fans had to Chenle’s honesty because it means they care just as much about having a relationship with healthy boundaries, one in which Chenle’s savage sense of humor, his hilarious propensity for giving spoilers…
you're a brave one chenle 😔 pic.twitter.com/oy5UraXIqB
— yloii ✿ chenle's bff (@cchenluv01) February 5, 2022
…and his insistence on always keeping things real (even small, hilarious things like his phone sticker) are appreciated!
chenle has a pfizer sticker on his phone case 😂😂😂 💉💉 pic.twitter.com/oiwo4ba41m
— 별 🐈⬛ (@chenletonin) January 29, 2022