Former AOA Member Mina Apologizes For Cheating Controversy + Announces She Has Broken Up With Her Boyfriend

Former AOA member Mina has released an apology regarding her recent cheating controversy.

On July 4, Mina posted a statement on Instagram announcing that she had broken up with her boyfriend, whom she referred to by his last name (Yoo). She also admitted, “It’s true that both Mr. Yoo and I cheated,” before apologizing for acting “like a sly fox.”

Mina first revealed her relationship with Yoo on June 26, when she posted a photo of herself with a man on Instagram. She then confirmed in the comments that same day that the man in the picture was her boyfriend.

Shortly afterwards, an individual posted on an online community asserting that the man Mina called her boyfriend was actually the boyfriend of her close friend (hereafter referred to as A). The writer of the post explained that the couple lived together and had been dating for three years before Mina first contacted Yoo on Instagram by DM (direct message).

The writer of the post added that Mina had been aware of Yoo and A’s relationship, which remained heavily documented on his Instagram up until the day Mina posted the photo (at the time of Mina’s post, Yoo and A’s couple photos were still visible on his Instagram account). She also posted a screenshot of their DMs in which Mina mentioned on June 10, “You and your girlfriend look good together.”

Mina initially responded to the post by claiming that while she knew Yoo had a girlfriend when they first started chatting, she only started dating him after he had already broken up with A. However, screenshots of Yoo and A’s text messages posted by friends of A revealed that Yoo had not actually broken up with A before meeting up with Mina, but instead had lied to her that he was going to hang out with friends from the army. According to the screenshots, when A saw Mina’s photo and contacted Yoo out of shock, Yoo replied, “I’m sorry for hurting you up until the end,” before abruptly cutting off all contact with A.

As the controversy continued to grow, Mina repeatedly denied the allegations and threatened to take legal action against malicious posts and comments. She also posted on Instagram claiming that A’s father had been contacting her with death threats and had called her a “prostitute” and a “slut.”

A then personally spoke up for the first time to clarify that her father had never contacted Mina and had never even spoken about her—he had only contacted Yoo by DM to ask him to take down his posts about his daughter, and he had never made any death threats or mentioned Mina at all, let alone used any derogatory language such as calling her a prostitute.

A also revealed screenshots of her DMs with Mina from when she first realized that Mina and Yoo were involved. After seeing Mina’s photo, A messaged Mina to ask about it, leading to the following conversation:

A: Unnie, have you and my boyfriend decided to start seeing each other..?
Mina: Do you know me? Who are you
A: You said, “You and your girlfriend look good together”
A: [screenshot of Mina’s conversation with Yoo including the above quote]
Mina: Oh, that person?
Mina: So why are you DM-ing me?
Mina: He’s dating me after breaking up [with you]
Mina: Is that a problem?
A: If he had broken up with me, then why would our photos still be on my Instagram and Yoo’s Instagram? I really don’t understand why you’re pretending not to know. If he had broken up with me and then started dating you, it doesn’t make any sense that he would leave all his photos with his ex-girlfriend on his Instagram exactly as they are. Even on the day that you posted your photo with Yoo, the photos were still there, just as they were before. I’ll be clear: you posted your photo before Yoo and I broke up, and we only broke up because I saw that photo and the articles about it. Looking at the situation, I really don’t think you could not have known. Please tell Yoo to stop calling me. I don’t know why I have to be harassed more when I’m the victim.
[Screenshot showing Mina blocked A]

On July 3, a group of AOA’s fans came together to release a statement regarding Mina’s allegations that she had been bullied by her former bandmate Jimin during her time in AOA. The fans stated that they did not agree with Mina’s position, countering some of the specific claims she made last year, and they emphasized that while Jimin had left AOA and the entertainment industry, she had never actually admitted to bullying Mina.

On July 4, Mina posted a statement that began, “Yes. After listening to the opinion of those who have been badmouthing me, I wanted to quickly talk about this incident and then post it as a video, but people said they didn’t want to see my face, so I’m posting it as text.” 

She went on to state the following:

Translator’s note: Parts of the original statement were not written in full or grammatically correct sentences, as Mina herself mentions at the end of the statement.

What I heard from Mr. Yoo (I decided not to bother with concealing [his profile photo] since his name has already been in the related Naver search term rankings for some time) is that their relationship was already not good, that they were fighting a lot, that their personalities didn’t match, that he was dating her out of familiarity. Also, Mr. Yoo expressed interest in me first, and I felt drawn to him too because we connected so well in conversation. We also had a lot in common in terms of our background. But at the time, we talked about things like, “We shouldn’t do this because you have a girlfriend,” and “I’m in the middle of ending it,” and “I ended it for good,” and then we must have fallen for each other and started dating, right? Back then, I thought that since we started dating after they broke up, even if I hadn’t done anything to be proud of, it wasn’t cheating. Even now, I have a lot of older and younger fans with whom I became close friends, rather than calling them fans, and I still maintain those kinds of relationships.

At any rate, back then, I still thought, “If they broke up when they weren’t in love anymore, why is everyone so angry about this? Is it really just because I haven’t admitted to the cheating?” You may find this unbelievable, but that’s honestly how I felt. That’s why, back then, I wrote my posts very coldly, and why I spoke to the victim [A] in an argumentative tone, instead of a polite one.

After seeing his ex-girlfriend’s recent post on Nate Pann, as well as the KakaoTalk messages the two of them exchanged, I heard the honest truth from Mr. Yoo. It was all lies. Because of that, I was able to think about things from his ex-girlfriend’s point of view.

It’s true that both Mr. Yoo and I cheated. I’m truly sorry to the ex-girlfriend and her acquaintances, who must have been hurt because of me. Thanks to your mustering up the courage to upload the post, I ended up learning the truth, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t blame Mr. Yoo at all. But it’s definitive fact that I am a perpetrator, and I’ve ended up looking like I only listened to one side and kept insisting that I hadn’t done anything wrong, and I admit that all of this is my fault and am truly reflecting on it.

There were no words like “prostitute” in [A’s] father’s text messages. I wasn’t saying that I’d heard those words from her father, but was just writing various things I’d heard here and there, and I was saying that I’d received threats that were [not death threats, but] at the level of death threats. The reason for this is because [in his text messages to Yoo asking him to take down his posts about A], he wrote the plural form of “you,” so I thought that I was included. And to make someone piss themselves, they would have to be at the brink of death or actually die. People only piss themselves when they are at the highest level of fear. People don’t piss themselves when they are just raped or wounded or beat up by dozens of people. That’s why I was so scared back then, and I thought, “Isn’t this going too far?” But after finding out the truth about everything, what parents would like it if the boyfriend of their precious daughter suddenly two-timed her with a random woman for several days… I understand.

Mina concluded:

I sincerely apologize. In this incident with Mr. Yoo and his ex-girlfriend, I am clearly a perpetrator, and because I realized this too late, I behaved foolishly. Of course I admit to my wrongdoings, and I would like to bow my head in sincere apology to the victim who was formerly his girlfriend. And of course I am currently no longer dating Mr. Yoo. From today on, I will only receive encouraging messages from people, and I will not respond to anyone. I will also be cutting off all contact with the fans that I am currently in touch with. I truly feel a great deal of guilt for being too free-spirited and acting however I wished, and I’m sorry. I also apologize for having disappointed many people.

Regarding the mention of Shin Jimin, I also want to ask. Why are many people bringing her up… and that statement [by AOA’s fans] was also a mess… she has nothing to do with this incident, and I also don’t want to talk about her. So don’t try to make me a perpetrator in this case with falsehoods. When it comes to the Shin Jimin case, I am a huge victim.

Once again, I apologize to the victim [A] for causing a disturbance with this incident. This kind of thing should never happen again in the future, and I will take more responsibility in my words and actions from now on to prevent further victims from arising in the future. I also apologize for not writing clearly, for rambling in my writing, and for using incorrect spelling and grammar. I also want to fix this aspect [of my writing], but I’m not that well-educated, so even though it’s embarrassing, I hope you’ll understand… I also admit I acted like a sly fox… I’m really sorry…

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