Red Velvet‘s Irene has personally apologized to a stylist for her “foolish attitude and careless words and actions” towards them. Now, fans are sharing their thoughts about the controversy and showing support for Irene.
On October 22, a stylist spoke out about an unpleasant encounter with Irene that left them in tears.
I was hit by the endless knives she threw at me with her tongue and so I cried. I couldn’t be bothered with caring about who I was in front of, and just couldn’t contain my tears. #psycho #monster
— Stylist and editor “A”
Shortly after, Red Velvet’s agency, SM Entertainment, and Irene both addressed the incident and apologized.
I sincerely apologize for hurting the stylist with my foolish attitude and careless words and actions. I am regretting and reflecting on the fact that I have hurt many people who have worked with me up to this point, due to my immature behavior.
Many K-Pop fans and ReVeluvs are praising Irene’s willingness to face the issue head-on by apologizing for her mistakes rather than concealing them.
Let's be honest. Not all idols can admit their mistakes so that they can keep their reputation clean. I am disappointed but I do appreciate Irene's sincerity towards the issue. She apologized not only to the stylist but also to her fans and I think that's more than enough.
— jan (@stupefysoshi) October 22, 2020
I don't know what to feel. I'm thankful she apologized and didn't wait for the issue to get bigger. Not everyone have the guts to admit their mistake publicly. You apologized and I know you've learned from your mistakes.
Still my best girl, Irene. pic.twitter.com/NUWDxnBwyA
— 𝙨𝙝𝙪𝙖 // EN – (@johoneyybee) October 22, 2020
Thanks for being mature and apologized right away. Facing this maturely and bravely showing in public. It’s not easy. This made us fight for you even more.
— IRENE (아이린) NEWS (@Baejoohyunews) October 22, 2020
I'm not a ReveLuv but I stand with Irene. I acknowledge her willingness to voice it out which means she's sincere. Please understand her situation too. She's a woman and a person too. pic.twitter.com/XrhgnNakFn
— ً VOTE ON CHOEAEDOL (@forlesyeux) October 22, 2020
Instead of “canceling” Irene, many are showing her understanding and compassion while encouraging others to do the same. As one fan said, “One mistake does not define a person’s character.”
keeping it real, personally i'm not "disappointed" in irene for being in a position literally all of us have been in. the difference is the rest of us are lucky enough to not have it aired out to the whole world. having a few bad days doesn't make you anything but human.
— 🍉 (@reveluxe) October 22, 2020
Irene’s also a human she makes mistakes she’s not perfect and one mistake does not define a person's character. It’s how you learn from that mistake and never doing that again.
— Chi💫 (@kimjenknee) October 22, 2020
in light up the sky, jennie said “some days, just like every other human being, you feel extra happy. and some other days, you’re feeling down.” irene probably wasn’t in her best mood that day, she’s human and what’s important is she learned from this and she admitted everything. pic.twitter.com/j4j1Mzh1Df
— ً (@lovesckjennie) October 22, 2020
What is the incident that sparked Irene’s controversy in the first place? Netizens believe it might have happened at the Gangnam K-Pop Festival.