On July 30, photos titled “T-ara Hyomin’s pre-debut photos with her ex-boyfriend exposed!” were posted on an online community board. The photos, reportedly taken when Hyomin was in High School, show the star singer on a date with her ex-boyfriend. They are seen snapping selca photos on the street, and going over a photo album in a room together. In one of the photos, the ex-couple is seen kissing each other on the side of Han River.
Hyomin was a popular figure online as an “ulzzang” star, even prior to her debut with T-ara. Her boyfriend at the time was also one of the online “ulzzang” stars, according to reports.
But fans have been questioning the timing of the release of these controversial photos. It was posted just moments before the announcement of Hwayoung’s withdrawal from the group, and some fans are taking this as Hwayoung fans’ retaliation to the rest of the T-ara members.
Netizens that saw the photos commented, “Who took those photos?” “I want to know why these photos are leaked now,” and “They both look so cute!”
Meanwhile, T-ara’s agency Core Contents Media released a statement on July 30, announcing the termination of Hwayoung’s contract with the agency. Fans have been furious over the announcement, and with the leak of these photos, the whole T-ara debacle is only expected to get worse.