On a recent episode of SBS‘s All The Butlers, ASTRO‘s Cha Eunwoo recalled his trainee days and confessed just how hard it was.

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After drawing a life graph for the others to see, he shared that his trainee days were hard.

I began my trainee days at 17, and those days were hard.

— Cha Eunwoo

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He explained that before his trainee days, he was praised all the time for his talents, but once he became a trainee, his confidence came crashing down.

Before that, I was praised a lot, I liked sports, and I liked to study, but once I became a trainee, I was so bad compared to my peers that I was scolded for the first time and my confidence hit rock bottom.

— Cha Eunwoo

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He even shared that he cried every day after being scolded 30 times a day about not being good enough.

They told me I was like fish out of water over 30 times a day, so I would go back to my dorm and cry. I felt like I was worthless. During my 4 years as a trainee, I learned how to be patient.

— Cha Eunwoo

But Cha Eunwoo expressed that eeverything happened for a reason as he believes that he would’ve been a worse person if he didn’t go through the hardship.

I finally debuted at 20, and I will never forget that. I worked hard and took 1st place for the first time at 23. If all of that didn’t happen, I might’ve turned out conceited. I don’t think I would’ve been a better person than I am now.

— Cha Eunwoo

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