(G)I-DLE’s Soojin makes personal statement denying bullying accusations

Soojin of (G)I-DLE has been under fire recently due to accusations of being a bully in school. While Cube Entertainment had previously denied accusations, characterizing what transpired as a dispute instead, further accusations then emerged, and so now Soojin herself is personally denying all the accusations.

She starts by saying that she knows about the rumors circulating and that while she used to smoke, she doesn’t anymore.

Hello, this is Soojin. I gave it a lot of thought before writing this message. Back when I used to be a student, I was always the center of attention. So it is true I had all kinds of negative rumors following me around. Yes, I sometimes wore outfits that may have been inappropriate for my age and I also did smoke a couple of times. But I was young and lost at the time. Since then, I have quit and never smoked again. I tried to become a better person, but I know that some of my past actions have caused problems. And I know I’m the one to blame for what is happening to me right now.

She then goes on to explain further in detail about the initial accuser that Cube had previously made a statement about.

But there are some things that are honestly not true. I usually let the malicious rumors blow over. But I know that this has caused my fans to worry tremendously. So I would like to address everything. I don’t know if you guys will be able to believe this, but I’m going to tell you what happened as I remember. I’ve always considered myself a friend to the girl who accused me of bullying. I remember having been invited to her house and sharing a meal with her family. I also remember having gone to the movies with her and her older sister. In fact, the older sister once helped me when another sunbae from school was sending me threat messages and giving me a hard time. I’ve always been grateful for her and remembered her as a good person. Anyway, after reading the post, I finally realized why the friendship kind of fell apart. From what I remember, I had a fight with the girl because she wasn’t good at keeping promises. So I got mad at her for it. Maybe that was her way of trying to keep her distance with me. But at the time, I didn’t know. I know it sounds horrible, but I also remember cursing at her over the phone. The older sister heard me and she scolded me about it. I apologized and hung up. Since then, the girl and I really drifted apart and never really made up.

But when it came to the serious accusations about violence and bullying, she denies them and says they were simply disputes.

I really want to make this clear though, about the allegation made against me. First, I have never gotten physically violent with the girl.
Second, I have never ridden a motorcycle in my life. Third, I have never sent a group text message, trying to get other classmates to bully the girl with me. Fourth, I have never tried to take school uniforms by force or steal other students’ belongings. Last, I have never spoken to actress Seo Shin Ae when we went to school together. I’m sorry if she felt offended by what happened though. And I’m sorry. I really don’t remember what happened at the juice shop, although I would like to believe that I didn’t do such a thing. I’m sorry for having caused this controversy involving my personal life. And I apologize to everyone whom I may have hurt with my thoughtless actions in the past.

While the bulk of this addresses the initial accuser, it also sorta bulk addresses the secondary accuser and any other accusations or rumors currently out there about Soojin. Basically she says that not everything said about her or conflicts is a lie, but that the accusations were embellished as the most serious incidents were false.

The statement is probably solid enough for fans, and that might be all that matters. Though given the statements Cube and Soojin have issued, I also don’t think it’s unreasonable for people to believe something more could’ve happened besides what they’ve admitted. Furthermore, Seo Shin Ae didn’t mention Soojin’s name, so I get the implication was obvious, but it does seem odd to be the one to tie her to this. It’s possible this isn’t over yet, though as of right now, I suppose it just depends on who you believe more. Probably worth turning a skeptical eye toward but also not really something where I’d feel comfortable putting a label on Soojin. Whether it escalates probably depends on whether Seo Shin Ae clarifies her story or not.

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