Choa denies dating rumors have anything to do with departure from AOA; FNCE update

많은 관심을 주실수록 여러 구설에 오를수있다는것은 알고있었지만 저는 임신도 하지않았고 낙태도 하지않았고 결혼을 하기위해 탈퇴하는것도 아닙니다. 연애하며 활동하시는 분들이 많고 연애하고 싶으면 밝히고 활동을 하면되는건데 왜 저의 탈퇴가 열애설이 연관지어지는지 모르겠습니다. 제가 친구도 많지 않은편이라 근래에 상대가 저에게 많은 힘이 되준건 사실입니다 앞으로 더 좋은 관계로 발전하게되면 연애하는 것은 잘못된 일이 아니니 얼마든지 솔직하게 말씀드리고 예쁜 만남을 갖겠습니다 정말 오랜시간 고민끝에 내린 탈퇴라는 힘든 결정인데 다른 문제가 연관지어지지 않았으면 합니다. 그간 계속해서 사진을 올리겠다고 해오셔서 정신적으로 많은 압박을 받아왔는데 오히려 이제 속이 시원하네요. 사진과 함께 올라온 오늘 기사에 저도 사진을 첨부하며 설명드리고 싶습니다. 마치 단둘이간 커플 여행인것처럼 기사가났지만 언니, 동생과 자매끼리 처음 가본 해외여행이었습니다. 중학교 1학년인 제 친동생이 그림 그리는것을 좋아하고 애니메이션을 좋아해 장래에 조금이나마 도움이 됬으면 하는 맘에 여행지를 일본으로 정하였습니다 어설프게 일본어를 할수있는 것도 저 뿐이고 가족들이 일본에 방문하는것이 처음이여서 제가 모든것을 담당해야 했었는데 스케줄을 제외하고 가본적이 없는 제가 일본어로 예약하고 여행지를 알아보는것은 너무 어려웠고 3년전부터 친하게지낸 지인에게 이것저것 묻게 됬었습니다. 지인이 일정이 겹치는날에는 가이드도 해주었고 돌아오는 길에는 시간도 늦고 짐도 많아 같은차로 배웅도 해주었던건데 그때 둘만있는 사진이 찍힌것 같습니다. 전에 첫번째 열애설기사가 났을때 기자님께서 전화로 사진이 찍히게된 경위에 대해 저에게 물으셔서 위 내용대로 설명드렸는데 '열애설전부터뜨거웠다'라는 자극적인 헤드라인으로 마치 단둘이간 여행처럼 오해를 살수있게 기사를 쓰신것은 좀 이해할수 없습니다. 또, 저는 탈퇴에 대한 고민과 논의를 오래전부터 회사에게 털어놓았었습니다 이년전에도 쉬면서 깊게 생각 해보라고 하셔서 길게 쉬기보기도 해봤었어요. 결국에 어제 대표님의 동의를 구하고 SNS을 작성했습니다. 올리기전 회사와 내용도 공유했고 제가 쓴글에 원치않으시는 내용은 삭제하라고하셔 의견을 반영하여 게시하였습니다. 탈퇴결정에 관련한 제 심경은 어제 SNS로 말씀 드렸고 제 탈퇴 SNS이후 또다시 불거진 논란에 멤버들이 피해 입지 않았으면 합니다. 많은분들께 좋지않은 소식과함께 아침부터 또한번 심려 끼쳐드려 죄송합니다.

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AOA‘s Choa has posted a second update to Instagram in response to the rumors swirling that her leaving the group has to do with her alleged relationship, as Sports Seoul ran pictures of her on a trip to Japan with Lee Seok Jin recently. In the post, she refutes rumors of her pregnancy and abortion, and denies that she’s leaving the group due to getting married.

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I knew there’d be a lot of gossip with growing interest, but I’m not pregnant, I didn’t have an abortion, and I’m not leaving the group because I’m getting married. There are lots of people promoting while they’re in a relationship, and if I wanted to date, I’d reveal it and continue promoting, but I’m not sure why departure from the group is being connected to my dating rumor.

I don’t have that many friends, so the person in the photo became a source of help for me, that’s true. If we develop into something more, then dating isn’t a crime, so I’ll honestly reveal it and be in a happy relationship. It was a really tough decision to make after much contemplation, so I’d appreciate it if other matters aren’t dragged into this.

Over the last few days, they kept saying they’ll upload the photos, so I felt mentally pressured quite a lot, but now I feel lighter and more refreshed. I’d like to explain the photos that came up with the article, and provide a photo myself. The article made it seem like I had been on a couple’s vacation with the man, but it was the first vacation I ever went on with my siblings: my older and younger sister.

My seventh grade younger sister likes drawing and animations, so to help her with her future goals, I chose Japan as our vacation spot. I’m the only one who can speak a little Japanese, and it was our first time visiting Japan so I was in charge of everything, but I’d only been to Japan for schedules and so it was really difficult for me to make reservations in Japanese and finding out different tourist spots, so I asked a friend whom I’d known for the past three years. The friend helped us as a guide on the days our itineraries coincided, and on the way back, we were late and had lots of luggage so he helped us carry it to the same car, but the photo was taken of just us.

When the first dating rumors came out, the reporter called to ask about the story behind the photos. I told the exact same story as my explanation, but an article headlined ‘They were close before the dating rumors’ came out, insinuating that just the two of us went on the trip. It’s hard for me to understand why it was written like that.

Also, I’ve been discussing and contemplating about my departure from the group with the label for a long time. They told me to rest and think long and hard about it, so I tried taking a break as well. But in the end, my CEO agreed, and I shared it on my SNS. I shared the contents of my post with my label before uploading, and I respected their wishes of leaving out certain parts that they did not want to be released.

I wrote out everything that I felt about leaving the group through yesterday’s SNS post, and I hope that my members will not be harmed by the controversy that arose again. I apologize for the inconvenience from all of the bad news that happened so early in the morning.

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In response to Choa’s latest update, FNC Entertainment said that they’ll respect her wishes but ultimately things are still being discussed.

“The label will respect ChoA’s wishes to the best of our ability, and will come to a final decision after further discussion [with ChoA]. For the present, we have matters to discuss regarding her desire to leave the group, her schedules from here on, and more, so we will release an official statement after we’ve come to a settlement. We ask that you please refrain from any more rumors and misunderstandings regarding this situation.”

So it seems like a formality at this point.

Either way, I find Choa’s explanation believable, not that it really needs to be like she did something serious. But it really seems like to a lot of people that either idols are in a relationship or their mental health is terrible, and they have to pick one or they’re lying about it. However, reality would seem to dictate that most idols are dating privately anyway and that a lot of them are suffering privately due to the pressure of being a public figure, so the two really likely aren’t connected, and the underlying inference when people make them choose one or the other that one can’t have mental health problems and also be in a relationship is pretty fucked up.

Quite frankly, I don’t think she owes anybody more explanations. Get married or not, be in a relationship or not, but hopefully she just gets better and eventually comes back.

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