It's official that Hwayoung is leaving T-ara and following the first report, here's the full press release for those who want to read it.
♦ Full Press Release ♦
I believe in T-ara’s group life, if one person is good or if one person acts in a different manner, the team’s color will change and the members themselves will shake.
I will once again repeat that the bullying and discord rumors in T-ara is not true.
When T-ara first debuted, they had a lot of difficulties with many bullying rumors including ones with Eunjung, Soyeon, and Boram. However, these were cases of jealousy of young people that were small fights that did not last longer a day, and they made up quickly.
About 230 staff moved together for this concert. The ‘difference in determination’ that T-ara members talked about is not talking about the ability to stand on or off the stage.
If one of them sloppy, or careless, or only thinks about herself, the concert will have no choice but to rust. That concert would look fancy only on the outside, but would only become a concert for publicity. The members mentioned determination meaning that all stars and staff much work with determination.
The most important thing for the staff and the singers is health.
This is because the body must be healthy and in good condition to look good on stage.
Eunjung slipped on icy roads and had her ligaments torn, and Jiyeon also hurt her leg during a drama filming and had to get a cast. Also, Jiyeon crashed into the top of a light during the Osaka Concert during the Japan Tour, and her nose was cracked. The hospital requested an emergency surgery and the company representatives and concert staff was very against her standing on stage, but Jiyeon did not bend her will on wanting to stand on stage. She finished the concert, returned to Korea, obtained surgery and was hospitalized for 3 days after.
The reason why Hwayoung did not go on stage this concert after she hurt her leg was for the sake of protecting the star. She wanted to go on stage, but all staff and T-ara members dissuaded her, and Hwayoung attended only the ‘DAY BY DAY’ stage according to her wishes.
Therefore, the ‘difference in determination’ that T-ara talked about was not talking about being able to stand on the concert stage or not.
Countless staff and managers silently run behind the stars even with a low wage. Even with a low pay, they give up on sleep, are on call 24 hours, and check makeup and outfits backstage. The reason why the staff works to create a good look for the stars is because they work with the goal to create a star that can become the top.
Also, most staff, including the on-site manager, live together with about 3-7 people in small houses or dorms.
If those staff cry and are in pain because of certain celebrities, have doubts about their work and even move companies, then the T-ara that gives laughter and happiness to many people would become a T-ara that has a fake mask only in front of the masses.
T-ara lives on the popularity from the public, and believes that teamwork is more important than the individual 8-member T-ara, and so respected the opinions of 19 staff. This is a conclusion that I came to because I believe that there should no longer be staff who face hardship.
I also thought for a long time if this was the right way. I know that this is an incredible pain, but I decided this for T-ara’s future and for their continual. I convinced the T-ara members with the staff until today morning at 7 AM.
Once again, the discord and bullying rumors from the T-ara members against Hwayoung is nonexistant and is not true.
Before, I have stated that as T-ara changed from a 7 member to 9 member system, if there is a member who does not work hard or gives harm to the others, T-ara would face a member change or increase.
If T-ara thought about themselves as a star first and worked carelessly, they would become an empty group with just a name. Because of this, I believe they should always be modest, hard working people who have basic manners.
I believe that is the only way T-ara could go over Korea and become a Hallyu T-ara.
Because Hwayoung is a rapper with much potential, CCM has decided to terminate her contract without conditions, and we believe she can become a growing singer at a good place as a free singer.
I am very sorry and that everyone who loves T-ara has been worried because of many reasons, and I have nothing to say except that I am sorry that I have a disappointing and shameful announcement at T-ara’s 3rd year since debut.
Also, the CCM staff and I apologize to the T-ara members because we could not honor their opinion about finding a way to be with Hwayoung, and we cannot take our minds away from the staff who work hard everywhere.
Lastly, I am very sorry to the T-ara members, and I hope Hwayoung will become a great rapper.
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Additionally you can read Kim Kwangsoo's Interview here.