(G)I-DLE’s Soojin Personally Addresses Rumors About Her Past School Life
(G)I-DLE’s Soojin has spoken up about the rumors about her behavior in middle school.
On February 20, Soojin’s middle school classmate and her older sister wrote posts online about Soojin’s alleged bullying in middle school. Some of the accusations were that Soojin had slapped the classmate, sent out a group text to make her an outcast, taken other students’ belongings, and more.
The next day, Cube Entertainment said in an official statement that while Soojin had gotten in an argument with the classmate and her sister, claims of school violence were not true. The agency firmly stated that they would be taking legal action against false rumors.
Following Cube Entertainment’s statement, another alleged middle school classmate of Soojin’s posted on Twitter and accused Soojin of smoking and taking other students’ money and belongings.
In another post from February 3, a different person claimed that Soojin had also bullied actress Seo Shin Ae, who also attended the same middle school, by calling her names, cursing at her, and making up rumors to cause fights between Seo Shin Ae and others. On February 22, Seo Shin Ae wrote in her Instagram Stories, “None of your excuse,” in English. The timing of the post led to speculation that the actress was addressing Cube Entertainment’s statement.
On February 22, Soojin wrote on (G)I-DLE’s official fan community to speak about the rumors. Read her full post below:
Hello. This is Soojin.
I am writing this after giving it a lot of thought.
During my school days, I was someone who always stood out, and there were bad rumors about me. I dressed in a way inappropriate for my duties as a student and have smoked cigarettes a few times out of curiosity.
I strayed in my childhood, and ever since then, I did not smoke. Even if I have corrected myself and gotten better, I believe it is all because I clearly behaved in a shameful way that this is the outcome today.
But there is something I really feel wrongly accused of. I have always dismissed bad rumors without much thought, but after seeing many fans having a hard time, I would like to put everything down and tell you my story.
You may or may not believe me, but I will say everything I remember.
I believe I was really friends with the person who posted today. I remember having a meal at that friend’s house and watching a movie with her and her older sister. I remember the older sister who wrote the post as someone I was thankful for. When I had received a threatening text from a school senior and was having a hard time, she tried to report it to the police. I always felt grateful towards her.
I found out through the post about why that friend tried to distance herself from me. From what I remember, the reason behind the fight was because she had broken a promise. She did it several times, and I remember I was angry about that. I did not know she was trying to distance herself from me. Although it is embarrassing to admit, I remember cursing at her as well. At that moment, her older sister took over the call and scolded me. Then I apologized to the older sister and hung up.
Since then, my friend and I grew distant and most likely harbored negative feelings about each other.
However, I’d like to clarify what was said in the posts.
First, I have never inflicted bodily harm on the friend.
Second, I have never ridden a motorcycle.
Third, I have never sent a group text message to make someone an outcast.
Fourth, I have never taken other people’s uniforms or stolen things from them.
Fifth, I have never spoken with actress Seo Shin Ae during my days in school. I apologize to her as it appears that she has been negatively affected by this incident.
I really do not remember the incident with the juice. I apologize, but I believe that I would not have done something like that.
I apologize for causing an uproar with my personal life. I apologize to everyone that was hurt by my embarrassing actions.