K-Pop idols get misjudged all the time, whether it be due to quick judgments by netizens, companies, false rumors, etc. Throughout the years, there have been many instances where “truths” about certain K-Pop idols got revealed. Here are four of these moments.
1. The “truth” about BLACKPINK Jennie’s “lazy dancing”
In the past, Jennie faced a lot of backlash due to her “lazy dancing”, as many thought that she wasn’t performing to the best of her abilities.
However, it was recently revealed that Jennie performed this way due to ankle injuries. Throughout her career, Jennie has dealt with numerous ankle injuries that hindered her ability to perform. Despite this, Jennie still tried her best to perform whenever she could.
After this was revealed, many BLINKs (BLACKPINK’s fandom) showered Jennie with love and demanded an apology from those who criticized her in the past.
All those ill words thrown at you — you didn't deserve a single one of them. Despite it all, you gave your best to meet us w/ a bright smile even when you had all the reasons to take a break
— KIM JENNIE DAILY (@JENNIERATIONS) August 23, 2020
2. The “truth” about why Alexander “left” U-KISS
Alexander debuted as a member of U-KISS in 2008 but “left” the group in 2011. U-KISS’s agency stated that he “left” due to him wanting to go back to school.
The agency stated that I left the group because I wanted to go back to school.
However, Alexander recently revealed that he was actually kicked out of U-KISS by the agency.
We were doing a lot of overseas events, and I was helping with that. I even taught them how to use Twitter and with promoting our stuff. But then they came to me and said, ‘We’re thinking of swapping out some members. How about you join the overseas team instead?’ I knew they were just trying to kick me out.
In fact, an employee at the agency even tried to give him a reason why he should leave the group.
An employee told me, ‘Think about it, Alexander. Where do you think you rank in terms of popularity in Korea? You’re not popular.’ I was young at the time, so I just agreed.
Alexander ended up leaving U-KISS and the agency, but it was on good terms.
My aunt went to the CEO and honestly asked him to let me leave if he really believed I wouldn’t help the group. Normally it’s hard to terminate a contract before the term is over or leave an agency, but we managed to end it on okay terms.
3. The “truth” about WANNA ONE’s controversial live broadcast
In 2018, WANNA ONE faced some backlash when they didn’t realize they were being filmed on a live broadcast. The members thought the camera was off, so they began joking around. Some netizens even claimed that Ha Sungwoon and other members were cursing profanity and making crude jokes.
A few months later, and the members decided to speak about this incident. While the members did acknowledge that they made some mistakes that day, they wanted to clarify some rumors regarding the incident. Ha Sungwoon shared that he was falsely accused of saying something he never said.
We once had a controversy regarding a live broadcast. People misunderstood and claimed that I said things that I never said.
I was hurt. I couldn’t explain myself at the time or even come out with an excuse. I was planning on explaining myself later on.”
— Ha Sungwoon
Lai Kuanlin also stated that people confused his voice with Ha Sungwoon’s, which led to an unfortunate situation.
The person who said the misunderstood word was actually me. My pronunciation wasn’t good at the time.
I was hyped up so my tone of voice was high. That’s why everyone thought it was [Sungwoon]. I didn’t say any profanity but I felt so sorry towards [Sungwoon].
— Lai Kuanlin
4. The “truth” on T-ara’s bullying scandal
T-ara faced some immense backlash from netizens in 2012 when rumors started spreading that the members had bullied former member Hwayoung.
Some netizens even gathered “proof” regarding the bullying, such as when Eunjung “forcefully” fed Hwayoung a rice cake.
Despite the T-ara members trying to explain the situation, netizens were already criticizing the members, and T-ara’s image took a massive hit.