Update: Celebrities Express Sorrow At Goo Hara’s Passing
Updated December 2 KST:
Former KARA member Park Gyuri left a message in memory of Goo Hara on Instagram.
Her post reads as follows:
A week has passed. I don’t know how each day has passed.. Time never waited for you or me and just kept on flowing. I wondered if this is what we mean when we say time is coldhearted.
I wasn’t sure how I would respond to people if they asked me if I was okay, so I stayed home the whole time. I couldn’t organize my thoughts.. [Everything’s] just blank.
To be honest, I wanted to pray on my own.. But even if doesn’t reach you directly, if I reveal it like this and make at least one more person pray for you, wouldn’t that bring me closer to you? I thought that would be just a bit better. That’s how everyone probably feels.
I still don’t know what’s what. It doesn’t feel real, and I feel stunned, but I think this might be better than thinking too deeply. From the way you know me, I’m not someone like this.. Would it have comforted you a bit more if we had recognized that we are both weak?
There’s still a lot that I haven’t been able to say, and there’s so much more I want to say, but..
I’m sorry and I love you, and I’m sorry and I love you, again.
Hara. Our pretty Hara. Rest well.
Updated December 1 KST:
Former KARA member Heo Young Ji has also written to Goo Hara.
She shared a photo of herself with Goo Hara and wrote, “Unni (older sister), who’ll be shining brightly in the sky. Our pretty and lovely unni. I miss you. I’m sorry, thank you, and I love you. I won’t forget you. I’ll always pray.”
Updated December 1 KST:
Former KARA member Nicole has shared a tribute to Goo Hara on Instagram. In Korean and Japanese, she wrote, “To the Hara I love. I miss your silly smile and laugh so much. When we meet again, we’ll have so much to talk about, right? … You know, right? Please be well until that day comes. When we meet again, I’ll hold you close. I love you.”
Updated November 30 KST:
Han Seung Yeon, a fellow former member of KARA, has written to Goo Hara following her passing. She also shared photos of happy moments they spent together.
In my heart, there’s so much that I want to say, but it’s all meaningless now so…
I’m going to work hard at life so that people will remember you for a long time.
Rest well until we meet again. When we do, I’ll tell you I love you.
Updated November 28 KST:
Kang Ji Young, a fellow former member of the girl group KARA, wrote on her Instagram following the passing of Goo Hara.
She wrote in Korean:
We live while expressing what we want to express, and doing what we want to do. Everyone is lonely. We were born on this earth that way. We were maybe aware of it ever since the moment we came out of our mother’s womb and into the world. That’s why we should find out exactly what we want and what is the most precious thing to us, and then face ourselves 100 percent honestly.
Please, fill yourself up with love now. Express yourself. Cherish. Both yourself and the people who love you. I believe that I don’t make that come true, it’s that which guides me and makes itself come true through me.
I hope that you always feel an effortless happiness… #
I will remember everything about my precious unni — her goofy smile, her small frog-like feet and her so strong hands that always warmly held me, how she seemed as though she might break if you touched her, and how she was so pure, affectionate, and tenderhearted. Just as she always used to say to me ‘I love you,’ I’m going to continue to say ‘I love you’ a lot too. I’m going to work hard as I live my life. I’m so, so sorry and thank you, I love you.
Soyou also wrote on her Instagram:
Men, women, non-celebrities, celebrities, workers, employment seekers, entrepreneurs, heads of households, students, professionals of any kind — the things everyone is saying to each other the most lately are, ‘Are you okay?’ and ‘Nothing’s wrong, right?’ So many people who deserved to be loved have left us.
I hope that that won’t happen again.
There are people who criticize others for things that aren’t confirmed and people who criticize others with rumors. Let’s understand each other a bit more and love each other a bit more.
Because we all deserve to be loved.
Updated November 27 KST:
Solbi took to Instagram with a call for change following the passing of Goo Hara, Sulli, and more. She wrote:
When I compare 10 years ago and now, I am so struck with grief over how nothing has changed and nothing has been able to change.
Many of Korea’s celebrities have continuously spoke about the pain they feel because of the crime known as malicious comments.
I have also spoken about it.
Those who have left malicious comments have hid themselves under the leniency they’re given that’s called “protection of human rights” even though they’re the perpetrators, and the celebrities who were attacked haven’t been able to speak out about it properly even though they’re the victims.
Can only our commenting culture to blame for this problem? I want to ask that question to the media and portal sites that have just continued to stand idly by in terms of that structure.
I used art as a tool to express my pain as a victim. And on television shows too, I’ve continually spoken about this, but my words were too weak.
I hope that everyone now works together, raises awareness about the severity of the issue, finds ways to change the system, and no longer stands idly by.
We urgently need legislative amendments that can enable the protection of the human rights of not only the celebrities who are seen as easy targets of malicious comments but also many other victims.
I don’t want to lose anymore of my beloved seniors, juniors, or colleagues.
Once again today, I long to see their bright smiling faces.
I pray for Sulli, Goo Hara, and the other colleagues who passed away; they were passionate, beautiful, and had so many dreams.
May they rest in peace.
Singer Jang Jae In posted on Instagram to say:
Would people know?
She’d been famous since I was in elementary and middle school.
When I went to the dance academy with my friend,
They said, ‘The girl over there is the one you’ve heard about’
and when I looked, I saw a beautiful and slim girl
who was sweating in the loose clothes she wore on such a small build
and was working so hard as she danced.
It was to the point that she was the only one I saw in that practice room.
Would people know?
How hard that young and small girl was practicing, as though she might break her body?
Former Baby V.O.X member and actress Shim Eun Jin also posted on Instagram. She wrote:
I’ve found out late about the sad news of the passing of a junior artist..
I prayed that this kind of thing would not happen,
and my heart is so very heavy..
I didn’t know her well, in the past we’d just say hello when we met each other sometimes at the salon, but I’ll pray that she rests in peace.
This must be a difficult time for her remaining family, acquaintances, and fans,
but please have strength..
I will pray again that you do not fall apart. #RIP.
Updated November 25 KST:
More celebrities have shared their thoughts following the passing of Goo Hara.
During her radio show on November 25, Kim Shin Young stated, “Even doing your best at a small thing can change the world. It’s very cold today. I feel cold physically and also in my heart.” She went on to say, “I’ve been working as a radio DJ for seven years, but yesterday and today I cannot feel at peace.” It’s described that she became tearful and said, “I have to do the radio show but I’m upset that it’s live. I have to do well as the DJ though…”
At the end of the show, Kim Shin Young introduced the song “Towards a Land of Happiness” by Yang Hee Eun as a song that expresses how she feels. She said, “Instead of comforting or supporting me now, please pray for Hara. I hope that Hara has gone to a land of happiness.”
Singer Jung Jae Hyung wrote on Instagram, “How lonely and difficult must it have been for you? My heart aches. I pray that you will be in peace there.”
T.O.P shared two screenshots in his Instagram story of messenger conversations with Goo Hara.
The conversation shows that on November 5, Goo Hara sent a message to T.O.P with an emoji with heart eyes and a message that reads, “I’m late, but happy birthday.” T.O.P wrote on the screenshot, “Your last message was a happy birthday message that I wasn’t able to reply to… I’m so sorry. Hara, I hope you will rest in peace in a good place.”
He also showed screenshots in which Goo Hara sent him a link to her “Midnight Queen” music video and said to him, “Did you watch it? Please watch it.”
He wrote over it, “Hara, a tenderhearted and kind person with so many dreams who was full of passion about music and her work.”
A-JAX’s Seungjin shared photos with her and wrote, “Don’t hurt anymore.”
이제 아프지말아요 pic.twitter.com/aXzGX3jIBw
— A-JAX 승진 (@Ajax_SJ94) November 25, 2019
Nam Tae Hyun also posted a photo of himself with Sulli and Goo Hara.
Updated November 25 KST:
Park Min Young has also taken to Instagram to mourn the loss of Goo Hara. The actress shared several old photos of herself with Goo Hara and wrote, “I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to be with you on your final path… I will always remember you as my cute Hara. Take care on your journey.”
Following the tragic news of Goo Hara’s sudden passing, many of her fellow celebrities have taken to social media to express their feelings of grief and shock.
Former After School leader Kahi wrote on Instagram, “Another sun has set today… sigh… although we need to protect our children, we also need to protect our idols… never forget… that someone is always praying for you… RIP…”
DinDin shared a photo of Goo Hara and wrote, “Hara, when I slowly started receiving more attention, you worried about me and told me to contact you if I ever went through a hard time. You were so beautiful and radiant, and I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to do anything for you and couldn’t be of any help. I’m truly sorry. I should have helped you in at least some small way, and I’m really sorry. I’m so angry, and I hate the world so much, but I really hope that you’ll be happy where [you are now]. I’m sorry. Thank you.”
Giriboy posted his own heartfelt message to Goo Hara on Instagram, writing, “Even though we’re the same age, you were like a senior [artist] to me; whenever I contacted you to ask you something, you’d always try to help me in some way and try to do things for me. You were such a warm person. Just recently, we talked on the phone and everything seemed normal, but then this suddenly happened. I’m so shocked… I hope you’re happy. Really.”
Actress Han Ye Seul shared a drawing of a woman and wrote simply, “Breaks my heart RIP.”
Former A-JAX member Dowoo, who was previously labelmates with Goo Hara at DSP Media, wrote, “When I was promoting [as an idol] and you were our senior artist at our agency, you were our pride and our role model. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace.”
Kim So Yi (also known as Soy Kim) of Raspberry Field wrote, “Rest in peace, Hara. I am so saddened and heartbroken by this loss. We can’t afford any more of these beautiful souls to leave us. We just can’t.”
Harisu shared an image of Goo Hara’s online profile and wrote, “Such a shame… this is truly too sad… I hope you’ll be happy in the sky… rest in peace.”
Chae Ri Na wrote on Instagram, “This is truly too sad… really, it’s so sad that it’s making me crazy… we’ve sent off another truly beautiful junior artist…” She added in the hashtags, “I’m sad,” “I’m in pain,” and “I’m struggling.”
We send our deepest condolences to Goo Hara’s friends and family during this painful time. May she rest in peace.
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