TWICE Jihyo has issued an apology regarding what she posted to VLive+ chat yesterday.
Yesterday, Jihyo chatted with fans on VLive+ chat and explained why she was away from a good portion of the 2019 MAMA, she explained that she was simply sick,
“And by the way, you know at MAMA, when I was gone for a while mid-ceremony…
Let me clarify since some attention needy folks keep blabbering/muttering about what happened. I was feeling a little sick
I am sorry since I guess those people had lots of fun trying to drag me down with their criticism
But yeah, there was nothing I could do about being sick.”
However, instead of being understood, she got criticized because she used the informal word “웅앵웅” that means blabbered or muttering and some k-netizens associated the word with the feminist movement in South Korea which is a very controversial topic, more on that here.
Due to being heavily criticized for expressing her thoughts, Jihyo uploaded another explanation and apologized for causing concern and misunderstandings. The post was uploaded on January 7 KST.
“I am sorry that I might have hurt and disappointed ONCE yesterday through the V app chat.”
In her apology, she explained to fans what has been going on with her since 2019 began, she explained that she suffered from terrible rumors in March of 2019, and that she became afraid of facing people as a result of it and that’s why she cried at the airport in March of 2019.
She also talked about her dating news that became public in August of 2019,
“and then in August, my personal life became known and untrue things began spreading.
And that made my anxiety, my depression, my fear; all kinds of negative emotions grow even bigger.
I was scared and tired of standing in front of people and saying even a word and performing on stage.
I was so scared during the tour that I went to the hospital, was consulted, took medicine, but it didn’t help me very much.”
She says then the 2019 MAMA came and she cried for three days and wanted to hide because of how badly she was feeling, she even decided to come back to Korea at a later time unlike the other members because she didn’t want ONCE to see her cry at the airport again.
“Since all the times I’ve talked about, no, even since my debut, I’ve seen so many countless bad words, rumors and rude things said about me.
I was so hurt and so upset, but I was still there because I had work, my job, my fans.”
Jihyo added that she’s not asking for sympathy by explaining everything she’s been going through. She says that she never once was insincere in her approach to her fans. She apologized for talking emotionally yesterday, she also says she decided to write this and explain to fans after seeing other members posts yesterday (Momo uploaded an apology letter for dating Heechul and Sana uploaded a letter about everything TWICE has been through recently).
Jihyo stressed that she sings and dances because she loves it and the reason she continues to do this is because of the fandom love and support, she ended her statement with,
“I am sorry for making you worry and thank you ONCE.”
Fans have translated her statement fully; have a look at their translation if you’re curious about the full statement below:
— TWICE GLOBAL (@TWICE_GLOBAL) January 6, 2020
What do you think of her apology?