AOA’s Jimin Posts Apology Following Mina’s Allegations About Bullying + Mina Responds
Warning: reference to suicide.
Updated July 4:
Mina has shared a new post on Instagram that appears to be a response to Jimin’s apology.
Apologized? You apologized? I’m going to say what I need to say before I go. Yesterday, you said that you acted like that so that I would be set on the right path. Hearing this from the same person who brought a man to the dorms and had [sex]? You should be set on the right path first. At the very least, you shouldn’t have lied. I understand that you will hate me to the end and you don’t want to apologize to me. But what? I will never forget the look in your eyes when you came in. I’ll die and repay you in kind. All the eyes and ears that were at my house, you’re all the same. Shin Ji Min, you’re so lucky, everyone is on your side. You’ve won. I’ve lost. In the end, I’ve lost.
The post has since been deleted.
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On July 4, AOA’s Jimin issued a personal statement in response to the allegations that she had bullied former member Mina.
Yesterday, Mina shared a series of posts on Instagram in which she said that she had been subject to years of harassment from Jimin during her time as an AOA member. The next day, Mina shared what she said would be her final post on the matter and said that the AOA members, including Jimin, had come to her home to discuss the issue.
Jimin has now shared a statement of apology on Instagram about the issue. It reads:
I can’t express everything in a short post but I am very, very sorry. I was lacking as a leader and I did wrong. As I carry this regret and sense of guilt, I realize that I did not understand Mina well during the time we spent together and I did not look around me carefully. Yesterday, I cried and apologized and cried again. However, I realize that the emotions that Mina has built up about me over time cannot be easily resolved, so I am very sorry. When I was younger, I believed that our team should only show our good sides to our staff and the world. That’s how I thought during my early twenties, but I realize now that I was lacking a humane side as a leader to lead a team in such a manner. I’m sorry for causing controversy and I’m sorry for writing a statement that is all over the place. More than anything else, I’m sincerely sorry to Mina and the members, who spent a lot of effort for the two of us.
Mina’s agency, Woori Actors, also shared an official statement about their artist’s current status. AOA’s agency, FNC Entertainment, has not yet responded.