T-ARA's Agency Reveals Official Statement Regarding Hwayoung's Withdrawal from Group
By Staff Writer | July 30, 2012 01:44 PM EDT
T-ARA member Hwayoung, who had been caught up with the bullying rumors has withdrawn from the group.
Core Contents Media CEO Kim Kwang Soo stated, "I had to respect the opinions of the staff members and so Hwayoung's contract was terminated without any specific conditions."
Kim Kwang Soo also stated that this termination was not because of the bullying rumors. This was for the hard working staff members who were having a tough time due to her behaviors.
Kim Kwang Soo explained, "Many of the staff members were having a tough time. Some of them told me that they wanted to quit. How bad was it that these staff members wanted to quit? The smiling T-ARA would be a fake one if their staff members were treated this badly."
"T-ARA's teamwork is important and the 19 staff members behind them are equally as important. I do not want to see the staff members having a tough time anymore. I believe that this is the right choice and the best thing for T-ARA's future."
Below is a copy of CEO Kim Kwang Soo's statement on the issue:
'If one member behaves rash or if one member is doing better than others, the color of T-ARA changes and the group's teamwork will break.
All the rumors about T-ARA with the bullying has nothing to do with the truth.
Even during their debut, there were bullying rumors about Eunjung, Soyeon and Boram as well. Those were of course due to young girl's jealousy and were quickly resolved.
For this concert, about 230 staff members came along with the group. If one member decides not to give their all and only think about themselves, the group cannot showcase a great performance.
The most important thing for the staff and the singers is their health.
They have to be healthy and in good condition to produce a great concert. Many of the other members have been hurt before on stage. Even member Jiyeon, who broke her nose, still decided to perform on stage even though the doctors told her not to.
Hwayoung, who had a leg injury, did not perform on stage in order to protect her from getting hurt even more. She only performed the "Day By Day" performance and came down.
There are many staff and managers that get paid little to work hard with the stars.
These staff members drive 24 hours and get no sleep with the little pay that they earn. It is because of these staff members hard work that the stars are where they are now.
Many of these staff members sleep together in dorms, with 3-7 people in each dorm. I don't want to see these hard working staff crying and wanting to quit because of the singers.
T-ARA's teamwork is what is most important and so I want to respect the staff members opinions.
I also believe that this is the right choice and we have talked with the members until 7 AM this morning to have them understand our decision.
With T-ARA changing from a 7 member group to a 9 member group, I have the right to change out any member at any time if there is someone who is not working as hard as the others.
If T-ARA as a group only works for the fame, they don't have the right to be T-ARA. They need to learn to always be humble and happy. In order for them to succeed in Korea and overseas, they need to learn how to work hard for their fame.
I truly apologize for all the misunderstandings and rumors that have gone around. We have discussed with the other members the situation and the decision to terminate Hwayoung's contract. T-ARA members wanted to find a way to have Hwayoung stay and I am sorry to the girls that we could not make that happen.
I am sorry to T-ARA for this decision and I hope that Hwayoung will become a great rapper.'
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