APRIL’s Naeun Releases Personal Statement Denying Former Member Hyunjoo’s Bullying Accusations
APRIL‘s Naeun has finally released her personal statement regarding the accusations made against her by former member Lee Hyunjoo.
In a post made on APRIL’s fancafe, Naeun apologized for taking so long to make her post, and denied the allegations made against her by former member Lee Hyunjoo.
Hello, this is Lee Naeun. I’m sorry it took so long for me to finally write something.
The biggest reason that I haven’t shared my position during this time is that I trusted in APRIL and I was waiting for the company’s response. I didn’t think it was appropriate for an individual to respond for the whole team, and I still think this way.
However, I think it is in my place to say something for my fans, who may be believing something that is different than the truth and to prevent further speculation. I’ll briefly leave my thoughts.
I didn’t want to mention everything that has happened, but I did not do any of that, nothing.. I really wanted to say this one thing.
— Lee Naeun
Naeun also shared how up until now, she has always been very careful with how she speaks and presents herself in public,
I thought I should be careful talking about things that happened from the past up until now. Talking about the past and sharing the feelings and emotions I experienced as a girl group member is difficult.
In May 2015, I joined [the company] as a trainee when I was 17. I only trained for three months before standing on stage in August. It was solely my responsibility to adapt to the unfamiliar situations that arose. Since I debuted at a young age, I was inexperienced in many things and clumsy.
After seven years of activities, I tried to show everyone a Lee Naeun who is honest at every moment. Sometimes, I was embarrassed to express my honest feelings, but I was able to approach [my fans] because I received a lot of love.
— Lee Naeun
Finally, Naeun shared that she has learned a lot through this incident, and will be a more confident person in the future.
Through this incident, I have learned the weight that comes with being a public figure. It is all about perseverance and working hard at every moment to make your dreams come true.
As a result of this incident, I asked myself over and over again whether I was lacking a lot. My answer made me think I should be a more confident person.
From now on, I will love myself more and be closer to you all as a public figure. I want to thank you all so much for trusting me and waiting for me up until now. Thank you.
— Lee Naeun