It was recently announced that Girls’ Generation‘s Tiffany and Sunmi would be joining Mnet‘s girl-group audition show Girls Planet 999 as mentors. Ahead of the show, the two artists met up and discussed the expectations, their mentor role, and their careers.
In particular, both idols spoke about some of the hardships they had during their early days, especially as very young idols. Born in America, Tiffany spoke about how tough it was having to move to another country at such a young age, adding how scary it was.
Sunmi similarly debuted at a young age. She discussed how it felt to be catapulted into the spotlight as part of the group Wonder Girls.
When I went to the United States, I was 18-years-old. I couldn’t speak English, I didn’t like the food, and we were so young. I cried every night all the time because everything was so strange to me.
Although slightly different, Tiffany had similar experiences, but instead, she had to focus on the culture shock from moving from America to Korea.
When I was on the radio show for the first time in Korea, I couldn’t read the script. Even though they asked me to read the advertisement, I couldn’t read it fast. I wanted to say something but I couldn’t. I was so discouraged when I came home.
— Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany
Yet, Sunmi and Tiffany couldn’t deny that those early days were also a life-changing and amazing experience. It will be reassuring for the contestants to know that they will be taken care of by two idols who have been through the highs and lows of the industry.
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