T-ara members have posted an official statement in response to false information about their connection to the president of Banana Culture Wang Sicong.
On January 8, MBC’s “Section TV” and other media outlets reported that T-ara left MBK Entertainment, and said that Wang Sicong paid the agency 9 billion won (approximately $8,460,000) for the members’ promotions in China and gifted each member a supercar. Banana Culture has managed the group’s activities in China in the past.
In response to these reports, T-ara’s Qri, Eunjung, Hyomin, and Jiyeon released an official statement via their personal Instagram accounts. The statement reads as follows:
“Hello. This is T-ara’s Qri, Eunjung, Hyomin, and Jiyeon. We don’t have a company to act on our behalf, so after contemplating and gathering courage, we decided to inform you here.
“Regarding the articles reporting that the members received supercars and 9 billion won, we personally contacted Wang Sicong (Banana Culture) through Weibo and received a formal response that the reports are false and totally groundless.
“We hope that the agency and all of the employees who worked hard with us since our debut will not be negatively affected by this groundless rumor. The four members’ official position is that we hope we can continue to greet you with the name ‘T-ara’ and hope all of this can be peacefully resolved. Thank you for reading.”
안녕하세요 티아라 큐리, 은정, 효민, 지연입니다. 저희를 대신할 회사가 없어서 어떤 경로로 알려야 하나 고민 끝에 용기를 내어 이곳에 말씀드립니다. 언론에 보도된 중국과의 계약에서 멤버들이 슈퍼카를 선물 받았다는 내용과 90억 원에 대한 사실 확인을 위해 저희가 직접 웨이보를 통해 중국 왕쓰총 측(바나나 컬처)으로부터 위와 같은 사실은 허위이고 전혀 근거 없다는 공식적인 답변을 받았습니다. 데뷔 때부터 같이 고생한 회사와 모든 직원분들 역시 이러한 유언비어에 피해가 가지 않길 바랍니다. 앞으로도 '티아라'라는 이름으로 저희 네 명이 여러분들께 인사드릴 수 있고, 이 모든 것이 원만하게 해결되기를 바라는 것이 저희 네 명 멤버의 공식 입장입니다. 읽어주셔서 감사합니다.
Wang Sicong also released a formal statement via Weibo after T-ara sent him a message asking, “Has Banana Culture gifted T-ara members a luxury car? Has Banana Culture given MBK Entertainment 9 billion won? We will wait for your response.”
Wang Sicong’s response statement reads:
“1. What the members mentioned in Weibo (9 billion won contract fee, gifting each person a supercar) is not true.
2. All of the information reported by some news outlets is false. We suffered damage due to these reports and are considering exercising our legal rights.
3. T-ara’s contract with the Chinese management company and MBK Entertainment expired on December 31, 2017, and was not renewed.
4. During the duration of the contract, T-ara members actively cooperated.”