At an award ceremony held by the Korea Advertisers Association on October 20, AOA’s Seolhyun was chosen by advertisers as the best ad model alongside Kim Woo Bin. Media outlet Sports Seoul asked Seolhyun for an interview at the event, to which the AOA member readily agreed.
Sports Seoul asked Seolhyun how she really felt when dating news broke out about her and Block B’s Zico, whom she is no longer dating. She said, “Honestly I was surprised. I was surprised that there was news about me, and that people were so interested. It was fascinating, but it was also scary. The fact that the news was revealed at no will of my own was surprising.”
Seolhyun said that despite her initial feelings of fear and surprise, she realized that it wouldn’t have a lasting impact on her life, because she didn’t do anything wrong. The AOA members were also by her side, worrying for her and comforting her. Seolhyun faces her problems head on: “When I’m having a hard time, I acknowledge that and let the people around me know what’s going on. It’s not that it’s easy, but I let my emotions run their course and quickly brush them off. I don’t have a particular method of overcoming things; when time passes, everything gets better.”
When asked if she feels uneasy about her entertainment activities after the controversy over her knowledge of history and the dating news, she said, “I do feel a degree of anxiety, but I don’t think it’s the end. My life isn’t over.”
Seolhyun said that this year wasn’t bad, considering all that happened. “Later, when I look back on this year, it’s not to the point where I would think ‘That was a really hard time.’ Going through a lot of things, I’ve become stronger and I don’t think it’ll be hard. Now I have the strength to handle these things.”
Revealing an optimistic, sincere outlook on life, Seolhyun said, “When I achieve a goal, I immediately start working toward the next. Right now my goal is for today to be better than yesterday, for tomorrow to be better than today, to not repeat my mistakes from yesterday.” She said she’s doing well, and that in the future she wants to be someone respected by people with dreams.