On CUBE Entertainment‘s fansite application U CUBE, (G)I-DLE‘s Soojin uploaded a personal message — denying all school bullying allegations made against her as of February 22, 2021 KST.
Soojin first admitted to having smoked “a couple of times” in the past but clarified that she has since completely quit.
[SOOJIN] Hello, this is Soojin. I gave it a lot of thought before writing this message. Back when I used to be a student, I stood out, and it’s also true that I always had negative rumors following me around. I used to wear clothes that didn’t fit the school’s regulations and tried smoking a couple of times out of curiousity.
I was rebelling at a young age and I haven’t smoked since then. No matter if I say how I fixed myself and changed, I believe that everything happening today is the result of my embarrassing past and behaviors that I want to apologize for.
But there are some things that are honestly not true. I usually let the malicious rumors blow over. But I know that this has caused my fans to worry tremendously. So I would like to address everything at once.
Regarding the bullying accusation by her classmate’s older sister, Soojin claimed that she “considered [the classmate] a friend at the time” and that they drifted apart when the said “argument over the phone” happened.
I don’t know if you guys will be able to believe this, but I’m going to tell you what happened as I remember.
I’ve always considered myself a friend to the girl who accused me of bullying. I remember sharing a meal at her house, and I also remember having gone to the movies with her and her older sister. In fact, the older sister once helped me when another sunbae from school was sending me threatening messages and giving me a hard time. I’ve always been grateful for her and remembered her as a good person.
After reading the post, I finally realized why the friend tried to put distance between us. From what I remember, I had a fight with the girl because she broke a promise. It wasn’t her first time, so remember getting mad at her for it. I didn’t know that she was trying to push me away. I’m embarrassed about it, but I also remember cursing at her over the phone. The older sister heard me and she scolded me about it. I apologized and hung up. Since then, the girl and I really drifted apart and never really made up.
As she wrapped up the statement, Soojin emphasized that she never got violent with the classmate. She disputed all the allegations made against her in the exposé in a numbered list — including the specific accusations that she forced the classmate to pay ₩3,500 KRW (~$3 USD) for a cup of juice that she ordered and that she bullied actress Seo Shin Ae.
But I really want to make this clear about the allegation made against me.
First, I have never gotten physically violent with the girl.
Second, I have never ridden a motorcycle in my life.
Third, I have never sent a group text message, trying to get other classmates to bully the girl with me.
Fourth, I have never stolen others’ school uniforms or other students’ belongings.
Fifth, I have never spoken to actress Seo Shin Ae when we went to school together. I’m sorry since it appears she was offended by this situation.
I really don’t remember what happened about the juice. I’m sorry. I want to apologize to everyone who were hurt by my embarrassing actions.
Regardless, Soojin apologized for having caused a controversy.
I’m sorry for having caused this controversy involving my personal life. And I apologize to everyone whom I may have hurt with my thoughtless actions in the past.