Following bullying accusations brought up by former APRIL member Lee Hyunjoo‘s younger brother, the company released a statement that asked the public to refrain from spreading rumors. On March 1, 2021, a netizen that claims to be APRIL Yena‘s older sister stepped up.

She explained that she decided to write a post as many would be curious as to if the matters at had were true or not. She also felt it be in the best interest of fans and APRIL if she addresses the matter.

There is no such thing as bullying or outcasts in the group. At that point of time the members were just young kids that were unable to accept all of that friend’s whims. That friend’s emotional actions were just another weight for her colleagues to bear within the hard job that is that of an idol’s. Everyone went to the hospital and received treatment for recovery and took medicine in order to hang on and stay awake during the time spent backstage. That friend claimed her health wasn’t good and slowly started to not attend practices and days where she did not return to the dorms increased so the members were always feeling insecure.

Ultimately, when they had to go on for comeback promotions on music shows, that friend said she did not want to work and disappeared. As she failed to attend two broadcasts, the members had to stay up to dawn to rearrange the choreography and went through with a high intensity schedule. Finally, the members crumbled under the stress they had suppressed until now. The people who were harmed by this weren’t only the members.

After this, the members got therapy and after time passed, they were able to take this as an experience and live their own lives.

But you still asked for an apology? I assure you, the one that frowned on television due to these past events is you. Was the reason that friend was hurting, only due to the members? If I also read the posts from acquaintances that specifically listed instances and claimed the members were the perpetrators. I don’t know just how much these matters were distorted or if information was left out or made up.

Talking down, not apologizing, ignoring…

In those posts, the members were devils that can’t function in society. How can you not include the accounts of everyone present and turn the members into evil perpetrators?

I know that including that friend, everyone was someone that worked hard at their own jobs. Within that, facing a variety of hurt is inevitable. However, I’m not sure if this is something to harm someone else’s lives over it.

I know that, that post was written without proof and for a certain purpose. That’s why I cannot just stand by without doing anything as the misunderstanding and biasedness grows worse in this aggravated situation. The members cannot be hurt more than this. I appeal to you to not shoot the arrows of criticism towards the company and members anymore.

Thank you for reading this long message.

— Yena’s sister

She additionally attached a photo of their family registrar containing both Yena and her names.

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