FNC Entertainment Releases Statement Addressing Former AOA Member Mina’s Social Media Posts

FNC Entertainment has released a statement regarding former AOA member Mina and her claims about the group and agency.

Warning: discussion of suicide and self-harm. 

In July, Mina shared a series of posts in which she wrote that she had been bullied by her former member Jimin for several years. Jimin shared a written apology, which Mina responded to, and Jimin later left the group. Since then, Mina has talked about her relationship with the other AOA members and her continued frustrations over not receiving a sincere apology from AOA members and FNC Entertainment. On August 8, Mina made a post suggesting she had attempted suicide, and her current agency Woori Actors stated shortly after the post that she was safe and being treated at a hospital.

On August 9, Woori Actors additionally shared, “Kwon Mina is currently resting in the hospital under the care of her mother. She is undergoing the necessary examinations and is continuing to receive treatment. The date of her discharge has not been decided yet. We are considering the possibility of long-term treatment. It is something that should be decided on following discussion with her family and medical team.”

Later, on the same day, FNC Entertainment released an official statement. Below is the agency’s full statement.

This is FNC Entertainment.

We are sincerely apologetic about causing concern with the many unfortunate matters related to AOA, and we apologize for causing great worry and inconvenience. Above all, we hope that Kwon Mina, who is going through a difficult time, will quickly recover her health, and we extend a deep apology.

We apologize for the delay of the agency’s statement. We also deeply apologize for failing to have carefully taken care of the relationship between the members. We have contemplated and hesitated several times about clearly delivering the agency’s stance on this matter. The members have also been spending the days with frustration over the criticism and misunderstandings about them. We have also been well aware of the fact that there is a lot of criticism regarding the agency and the members.

Though we repeatedly contemplated revealing our stance, we decided that the recovery of Kwon Mina’s health is the current priority.

We concluded that explaining and refuting the things that are being said and publicly deciding on what is right and wrong in this situation will only produce more sensational issues and will not contribute to resolving the situation. We have also discouraged the AOA members from making individual statements even though they had wished to. We came to the conclusion that showing each of their statements in front of the public and having fights occur over those statements would not be the right way of resolving the situation.

Recently, when Kwon Mina asked the agency’s employees about Shin Jimin’s future plans for activities, we did not respond because Shin Jimin had personally already spoken with the agency to say that she had no intention to be active in the entertainment industry and wanted to live on as a non-celebrity, and we did not wish for it to be needlessly mentioned another time.

Regarding the matters mentioned in Kwon Mina’s social media posts, such as payment, we have been strictly abiding by industry standards, and if there is any potential problem, we will take all legal responsibility.

Once again, with a sincere heart, we wish for Kwon Mina to quickly recover her health, and we will work hard for a smooth resolution. We ask the public to support and cheer on Kwon Mina so she can return in good health.

If you would like to talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to seek help and reach out. Click here for a list of international hotlines that you can call, and if you can’t find your country listed, please call your local emergency number.

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