APRIL Members Share Handwritten Letters And Messages To Fans After Disbandment News
On the fan café, Chaekyung, Chaewon, Yena, Jinsol, and Naeun wrote handwritten letters to fans.
Chaekyung wrote, “First, I am very sad at having to share this heavy news. I came up to Seoul alone in 2011, in my third year of middle school. I entered DSP Media, an agency that was like family to me, ran hard toward my dream of becoming a singer, and met the precious team known as APRIL. I was very happy to have met colleagues who shared the same dream as me, and Fineapple [fan club name], who have loved and waited for us always. As I’m writing this, I don’t know what to say so I feel cautious, but I want to thank you for your excessive love and support. Thanks to the members, I was able to do things that I would never have been able to do alone. Thank you and I love you to the APRIL members, with whom I’ve cried and laughed, who are like family and friends to me. It feels both frightening and unfamiliar to go from ‘APRIL’s Chaekyung’ to ‘Yoon Chae Kyung’ and do things on my own, but please support all of us APRIL members, who will work hard on our own paths. I will work hard in order to show an even better image going forward. I want to say thank you and I love you to Fineapple, who were the reason that we could shine on stage and feel loved. I feel disappointed that I’m not able to share everything I feel through this letter. It’s very cold, so don’t catch a cold, and please stay healthy and happy. Thank you to everyone who loved APRIL over the years.”
Chaekyung also posted the same message on Instagram.
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Chaewon wrote, “I’m not sure what to say. I can only think, ‘Thank you,’ and ‘I’m sorry.’ After first hearing the name ‘APRIL,’ the time we spent together hasn’t been a short one, and they were the most precious moments of my life. Even when time goes by, I don’t think my feelings will change. Even though the name ‘APRIL’ will now be filled with longing, I don’t think of this as the end. The ‘end’ is just another beginning, and I will stay by everyone’s side. I really wanted us to stand on stage and greet you again, but I’m deeply sorry that we weren’t able to do that. I think that we did do the best that we could, but now that I look back, there are some regrets and disappointments. Even though we will go forth as individuals instead of APRIL from now on, I will remember the shining moments we spent together as beautiful memories. And to Fineapple, who gifted us that beautiful world, it was thanks to you that we were able to get here and make it through hard times. I don’t make promises I can’t keep, so I’ll make this promise: let’s meet again one day with smiling faces. I’ll work hard to become a better person! I have confidence in working hard! So Fineapple, you have to stay healthy and eat well too. Finally, I’m sincerely sorry and grateful.”
Yena wrote, “It doesn’t feel good to greet you with such unfortunate news. As the articles have said, we are letting go of the name APRIL. We went through many things and struggled with many thoughts before we came to this decision. We wanted to share good news with Fineapple, who have protected and waited for us, so I can only feel apologetic. From August 24, 2015, when we first stood in front of you with the name APRIL, to January 28, 2022, thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us so many happy memories and making each day feel like a gift. I will never forget the seven years I spent with Fineapple. It’s not an easy thing to like someone, but through Fineapple’s endless love, I was happy. More than anyone else, I want to say to the members, who walked with me through many storms, that they worked hard and did a good job. I will never forget our countless practices, the hard work we put into our albums, and standing together on stage. It was thanks to you that I was able to get through the hard times, and thanks to you that the happy moments felt even happier. I am sincerely grateful for having the six of us. There is something I really wanted to say to Fineapple: regarding that issue, there has never been a moment when I was ashamed to stand before Fineapple. I wanted to be a singer you could be proud of, but I’m sorry I wasn’t able to keep that promise until the end. This is the last time I’ll be promoting as APRIL’s Yena, but I will work hard to show an even better side of myself as Yang Ye Na, so please stay by my side and cheer me on. I will not forget but instead cherish the past seven years I spent with APRIL and Fineapple.”
Yena wrote on Instagram Stories, “As you have seen in the news, APRIL has decided to disband today. In order to prevent false claims and baseless rumors from spreading about our disbandment news, I am writing this. We are absolutely not disbanding because we acknowledge our controversy to be true or that we are in any way ashamed. After that issue came up, the name APRIL was terribly hurt and kept on being hurt, to the point where the company and the members recognized that it was difficult to recover. We finally decided on disbandment as the best thing we could do at this moment. We have also judged that pursuing further legal action is now meaningless. For the past year, we have gone through a psychologically difficult time due to this controversy. The things that were alleged did not happen, but I don’t know how to prove that they did not, and the legal resolutions have also been frustrating, and after experiencing again and again that this can’t be resolved properly, I’ve decided to cancel my personal lawsuit. But my personal statement on this has not and will not change. I will continue to employ a legal representative and will respond strongly to malicious comments that cross the line and baseless rumors.”
Jinsol wrote, “I am very sorry to the Fineapples who heard the news through headlines. I wanted to protect APRIL as far as I could, but we came to the decision to disband after it was determined that there was nothing to do but wrap things up. I am very grateful to the members, who have been with me through ups and downs for seven years, and I will quietly cheer your individual activities on. Even though I’m a little scared, I’m going to take courage and walk my own path. Fineapples, this won’t be goodbye forever. APRIL will always be in your hearts, so let’s meet again with smiling faces.”
Naeun wrote, “I am thinking of all the moments that I spent with Fineapple as APRIL’s Naeun over the past seven years since our debut in August 2015. That time was so valuable and affectionate that I don’t know how to express it in this short letter. Everything was new to me, so I was lacking in so many things, but it was thanks to the precious support of our fans that I was able to sing and dance on stage. The time I spent together with fans was very precious to me, and I could feel with my whole body how much you gave to us. My heart feels heavy at having to share this news. I want to say thank you so much to the members who were with me for seven years. I sincerely wish them every happiness. I will become a Lee Naeun who works hard to mature and grow step by step. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Fineapple, who have cherished, trusted, and loved APRIL.”
Rachel wrote on Instagram, “We wanted to share happy news with Fineapple, who have quietly waited for us and cheered us on, but I’m so disappointed and apologetic at having to share this unfortunate news instead. October 2016. I quickly gave up on four years of studying abroad in the United States and came to Korea on a plane alone. I remember feeling half-excited, half-afraid of the future that was unfolding in front of me. November. I joined APRIL as a new member with Chaekyung unni and ran as hard as I could without taking a break. There were many hard and difficult times, but I was happy thanks to the members and Fineapple and the people around me, who always cheered me on and comforted me. I am grateful to all of you. Yesterday night I took out the letters that fans poured their hearts into writing and read them again and kept crying. I felt moved to think that I had received so much love over the past few years. I can’t express everything I want in a short message, but I am sincerely grateful to each and every one of you for waiting for, loving, and supporting APRIL. I want to tell you that I’m sorry and I love you. There are regrets that we must now each walk our own path, but please cheer on the members’ new starts just as you always have. I am going to prepare and work hard so that I can show a more diverse and new side of myself, so I will soon greet you as a matured ‘Sung Na Yeon.’ Please look forward to it. Until then, please take care of your health and wear masks. Thank you once more to all of you who loved APRIL.”
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