Former After School member Kahi recently made a comeback with her solo mini album, “Who Are You?” After revealing the late Rottyful Sky (Haneul) wrote her title song, “It’s Me” on her Twitter, netizens have been criticizing her saying she is using her death as a means of promoting her album. In an interview with OSEN on October 11, Kahi expressed her reaction to the negative comments saying, “I’m hurt and disappointed that people think that way.”
She said, “I met Haneul through a bible study group.” While catching up with each other, Kahi naturally found out Rottyful Sky was composing songs. “She sent me ‘It’s Me’ after telling me she had a song that would suit me well,” Kahi said as she recollected her memory.
It was the day of prerecording for her comeback when Kahi received the sad news. “I don’t remember how the time passed, but as soon as I finished the prerecording, I went to Haneul. I exchanged many words with Haneul’s mother. ‘Kahi, this is Haneul’s gift to you. I hope you will spread her name’.This is what she said to me.”
She continued saying, “The way to making Haneul’s name known was through doing my best to sing the song she wrote, ‘It’s Me’. I posted my thoughts on Twitter after much deliberation.”
On October 9, after receiving the news of Rottyful Sky’s death, Kahi tweeted, “Rottyful Sky.. Haneul is the songwriter, Alice Sky, who wrote my comeback song, ‘It’s Me’. It is Haneul’s first piece.. and it has become her last.. I will sing for Haneul. Please remember her. Hanuel… rest… Everyone, please pray for Haneul and her family… rest in peace…” expressing her condolences.
She tweeted again on October 10 after attending Rottyful Sky’s funeral, “Haneul, rest in peace. Sing all you want.. So many things happened during the short time we knew each other. I’m very thankful.. and I’m going to miss you very much… I’m now going to be strong!!! I love you.”
Meanwhile, Rottyful Sky returned to the music scene in 2010 with her album, “No Way,” after she debuted as “Haneul” in 2001. Last month, she was hospitalized after losing consciousness. She passed away on October 8.