On September 2 KST, singer Lee Hyori made a post on her Instagram announcing that she would be closing her account.
Hello everyone. I will be leaving my Instagram account open for the next three days or so before I stop Instagram. It’s not because of what happened previously (although that did influence this decision a bit). I originally started this to communicate with my fans but because I don’t do that many activities often my fans are always left waiting for more news. This platform is harder than I thought and it’s hard not to worry about things. I will try to find a different method to communicate with my fans. Thank you for always supporting and loving me even though I am undeserving. I also thank those that gave criticism as well. I hope that everyone will continue to stay strong in their own positions during these hard times. I love you and thank you.
— Lee Hyori
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여러분들 안녕하세요. 다름아니라 앞으로 3일쯤 기한을두고 이제 인스타그램을 그만하려고 합니다… 최근에 있었던 일때문은 아니구요..(물론 아주 영향이 없진 않지만😅) 활동이 많이 없어 늘 소식 목말라하는 팬들과 소통하고자 했던 공간인데 이거 은근히 신경도 많이 쓰이고 쉽지 않네요^^. 우리 팬들과는 다른 방식의 소통 생각해볼께요~ 그동안 늘 부족한 저를 보러와주시고 응원해주시고 예뻐해주셔서 감사합니다~ 물론 쓴소리 해주신 분들도 고맙습니다🙏여러가지 힘든상황 속에 굳건히 자기의 자리 지켜나가시길 바랍니다 사랑해요 고맙습니다~😀
Lee Hyori created her Instagram account in 2016, and although not frequent, she tried to update when she could for her fans. Earlier this year, her Instagram post of going to Karaoke with Girls’ Generation’s Yoona started a controversy as it was posted when it was advised not to go outside due to COVID-19. She also received more criticism after her joke using the Chinese name Mao.
Although she won’t be on Instagram anymore, you can watch more of her through the new project group ‘Refund Sisters’ on the MBC variety show Hangout with Yoo.