"If you ask why our relationship wasn't good because of those kinds of conflicts...then the 7~8 members must all have bad relationships."
Group T-ARA has been oppressed with the 'Group bullying with Hwayoung' scandal. Amongst them, leader Soyeon(25) opened her mouth. She said, "Because of this incident, I was resentful of the CEO, I was mad at Hwayoung too. However, I think Hwayoung is having just as much of a hard time as we are."
Soyeon met up at the Kangnamgoo Nonhyeondong company office. She has been acting as 'Kwan Soon,' the main character 'Go Sora's'(Jo Yeo Jung) younger cousin, on the 2TV Monday Tuesday drama 'Haeundae Lovers.' She stated, "I can't go to the cafeteria because I'm scared of people looking at me," and showed tears.
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-She is in a drama in the midst of the controversy.
"If I didn't work on 'Haeundae Lovers,' it would have been more difficult. Directors Song Hyun Wook and Park Jin Wook have been helping me a lot and encouraged me. In the drama, Lee Jae Yong who appears as my father and Jo Yeo Jung, Kim Kang Woo and others told me 'to stay strong."
-It is probably difficult to act because of the Busan accent.
"It feels like a foreign language. I liked the Busan accent so I copied, but it's different when it comes to acting."
-Did you see yourself acting on television?
"(Shakes her head) I'm working hard on filming, but as the situation is, I'm stills cared to watch TV or go on the internet. I need to look at my acting to do better, but I'm still not ready to do so."
-I'm going to ask you straight-forward. Was there 'bullying/ a loner'?
"I saw what the internet users put up on the internet, titled 'T-ARA Bullying Evidence.' If you just look at that, it may seem true. It's true that the members were dissatisfied with Hwayoung during the Japan Tokyo concert. When Hwayoung's leg was hurting, she said that she was in pain and couldn't perform. While we were practicing, she went to the beauty shop alone, and the members suffered. After the performance was over, we asked the representative to 'take care of this problem.' We didn't know that, starting from that and various events that followed after, that Hwayoung would have to leave."
-Does that mean that Hwayoung leaving the group, does not have to do with the members asking for it?
"Not at all. We all found out after reading an article. We resented our company a lot. We only had a dispute and asked to take care of that. If Hwayoung is forced to leave, all of that will come back to us. But the CEO said that 'this is for Hwayoung.' My mind was troubled."
-Does that mean that the members never bullied Hwayoung? Isn't it true that the members' relationship with her was not good?
"7~8 girls ranging from teenagers to early 20 year olds live together. Everyone wants attention and to be loved. It's impossible that we wouldn't fight. Everyday we fight and make up, we join together and break up. It was similar with Hwayoung. If you ask if that's the reason why we didn't have a good relationship, then I can only answer by saying we all have bad relationships."
-This is the first interview after the 'Bully scandal.'
"I was scared and worried. However, the other members are filming for sitcoms and dramas. They will soon have questions from the reporters. If we have to do that, I thought I should do it first.