So a rumor going around recently is that Lee Michelle — she of “K-Pop Star” and SuPearls fame — is having problems with YG Entertainment.
According to an initial post by Sports Chosun, insiders in the industry are said to have revealed that the singer and the agency seem to be in conflict due to differences of opinion, and that Michelle has not been showing up at the agency.
On the rumor, YG Entertainment is reported to have commented, “We cannot reveal in detail about the incidents that occur before debut. For now, please keep an eye out with interest.”
Well, shit happens.
I did find it interesting though that YGE didn’t come out with a straight denial and instead sort of used it to hype the release.
Anyway, since we basically have zero knowledge that anything even happened, much less if any of it is true, people took the wait-and-see approach, right?
[BREAKING] Conflict Scandal Erupts Between YG Entertainment and Ethnic Trainee Lee Michelle
This is definitely NOT surprising. She probably got fed up with all the cultural appropriation/racism in YGE. Poor SuPearls though!
Yes! It’s racism! We don’t know any details but still! Racism! Because it fits my worldview and narratives are more important than reality!
In all seriousness, given the reality that Korea does have a problem with racism, it wouldn’t surprise me if a part of this was racially motivated, nor would it surprise me if a trainee simply acted up, but the point is that it’s a tad early to make any judgment on the issue, much less a final one.
For what it’s worth, YGE did just now step up and say that there’s nothing going on here.
YG Entertainment stepped forward to clear up the rumors and denied there was any discord between Lee Michelle and the agency.
The agency added it believed the rumors began from Lee Michelle’s absence from her training, which being attributed to personal reasons.
The representative stated that Lee Michelle was simply taking a break, just like countless other trainees who at times deal with personal issues, and denied that there was any discord or conflict.
Well, that’s a lot more straightforward than their earlier statement.
Whether that’s the truth or not, who knows, but it has to be taken more seriously than speculation based on nothing.