As soon as it was revealed that Karina (Yoo Jimin) is one of the members of SM Entertainment‘s upcoming girl group, aespa, a past controversy came to light leading to malicious comments by netizens.

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Earlier this year, Yoo Jimin was involved in a controversy for allegedly insulted various male idols in EXO, NCT, and BTS.

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| The Qoo

Although SM Entertainment denied that the screenshots shared were real, the fact that Yoo Jimin’s stage name “Karina” was included in the screenshots led fans to believe that the screenshots were indeed real.

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In light of the controversy, one netizen, Ms. A claiming to be a former classmate of Yoo Jimin refuted the malicious rumors that followed by sharing a story of her own.

I got bullied a lot in middle school. But Jimin was good to me. I’m posting this because I want to help her out in return.

— Ms. A

Ms. A claimed that Yoo Jimin was so widely loved that whenever she was next to her, the bullying stopped.

We weren’t even that close, so whenever she defended me, I wondered why she was doing so much to help me.

— Ms. A

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Ms. A explained that while they were never that close, Yoo Jimin stayed by her side after becoming her sitting partner in class and that they shared many good memories together.

She would sit next to me, and we both loved IU, so we promised to go to karaoke together, and we went to the same after-school academy, so she bought me food one time. She’s a really good person.

— Ms. A

According to Ms. A, not only did Yoo Jimin protect her in class, but she made sure she wouldn’t feel left out on her birthday via Facebook.

At the time, it was the trend to wish your friends happy birthday on Facebook. But I had no friends, so Jimin flooded my feed with photos and wished me a happy birthday.

— Ms. A

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Ms. A concluded that Yoo Jimin is a really warm person and expressed her wishes to repay her for her kindness.

She’s a cute and kind girl. She never said anything bad like the rumors claim, and she was a warm person who stopped other person from cussing people out. I’m posting this because it’s unfortunate to see her being attacked by false rumors.

— Ms. A

Ms. A shared a graduation certificate of the middle school they attended as well as an additional photograph as proof of her claims.