Singer and former member of girl group Jewelry, Seo In Young, recently opened up about the hardships that girl groups face, as well as the disbandment of her group.
On the July 10 broadcast of KBS’ “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook,” Seo In Young candidly addressed how difficult it is to be a part of a girl group.
MC Yoo Hee Yeol started off, “Usually, when groups break up, they call it a temporary break, but a lot of people were shocked that Jewelry just called it a disbandment.”
In response, Seo In Young shared, “Following the release of reports, we did one last photo shoot together. During dinner afterwards, we all shed a lot of tears. We used the term ‘graduation’ [instead of disbandment].”
She continued, “After the end of my contract and getting older, I thought a lot about what I should do in the future. Eunjung and Jooyeon also worried a lot [about what to do]. We all thought it would be best if we all go our separate ways to do what we want, so that’s how the decision to disband was made.”
On the difficulties of girl groups, Seo In Young revealed that as a senior, she knows the hardships of her juniors all too well: “When I looks at girl groups now, I can see what they’re thinking and how hard it must be.” When asked what the hardest thing about being in a girl group is, she replied, “This may not be the answer everyone is anticipating, but the hardest thing is just being tired.”
She explained further, “We can’t eat and we can’t go to the bathroom. Even family members fight if they spend too much time together, but we just have to keep working. You see your [group] members more than your own family. Even when you’re really exhausted, [the group] has to continue doing schedules together. No one can rest. That’s why members end up not talking to each other, and you also wonder if this [job] is the right thing for you. I think you become trapped in an endless cycle of thoughts.”
The singer continued to share, “Singers may look glamorous [on the outside], but they are just people. Many think they just finish their performance and that’s it, but there are a lot of hardships. I entered the industry when I was 18 years old, but it seems like the kids who are promoting now start at an even younger age. It’s very likely that they have a lot more to worry about.”