When Woollim Entertainment first announced Jin‘s hiatus from the upcoming Lovelyz promotions due to “health issues”, fans believed the agency and supported its decision to put Jin’s recovery first.
According to the agency, Lovelyz will be a seven-member group for the summer return. The promotional pictures do not show Jin as a part of the group.
Since then, however, some fans have alleged evidence that prove Jin isn’t dealing with simple health concerns, but was actually involved in a car accident.
The controversy began when a Twitter user “ZionPark_”, claiming to be Jin’s cousin, tweeted that Woollim Entertainment is lying about Jin.
The tweet has since been removed.
At first, fans did not believe what the “cousin” had to say.
oh so the one spread the rumor is myungeun’s so called cousin is he wanna try to be kyla’s brother?
— 장준센빠이 (@jangjunsenpai) June 22, 2018
don't easily believe myungeun's so-called relative please, we dont know if any of it is true or not.
— xin (@miimijoo) June 21, 2018
The fans criticized this Twitter user for trying to cause controversy and doing the same thing that PRISTIN member Kyla‘s brother did regarding Kyla’s hiatus.
The table turned, however, when another fan discovered a newsletter from Jin’s church to share that she has been hospitalized from a car accident. Under section “III. Church Members’ News” of this newsletter, number one lists “Hospitalized: Member Park Myung Eun / S Hospital (Car Accident)”. Fans grew suspicious as Park Myung Eun is Jin’s legal Korean name.
it wasn't a health issue….myungeun got into a traffic accident…… this is from a mailing list posted by myungeun's church pic.twitter.com/CQ3dfcEFsL
— naput (@pupcheol) June 24, 2018
The church soon edited this newsletter to simply show “Hospitalized: Member Park Myung Eun / S Hospital”. This only added to the suspicion.
While fans realize that this isn’t solid evidence upon which to base a sound conclusion, it has made many suspicious and, if Woolim Entertainment did in fact lie about Jin’s condition, fans would like to know the truth. A concerned group of fans decided to request an official update on Jin from Woolim Entertainment by trending the hashtag “
#울림에게_피드백을_요구합니다 (Requesting Feedback from Woollim)”.
first you hid woohyun being hospitalised in 2015 and we had no idea about it until 2 weeks ago
then you forgot to tell us sungjong got into a car accident
now you straight out lie about myungeun's reason for being absent
what the fuck is wrong with you @woollim_ent
— a d r i (@younghojong) June 24, 2018
So what myungeun's cousin told us was true after all. Woollim freakin lied to us about myungeun's condition. Why ????
— HIATUS (@syapeko) June 24, 2018
I am seriously NOT ready for a ot7 hushed/not planned comeback. Cancel this while you have time and apologize for the inconvenience and lies Woollim
— Supreme Leader (@samkosta) June 24, 2018
— Doodlyz (@doodlyz1) June 24, 2018
There is also now an official statement from fans requesting Woollim Entertainment to respond and clarify what happened to Jin.
“<Please “Heal” Lovelyz>
“What is one thing you will never change about Woollim Entertainment?”
“I will never put money first. I will do what I want, and the money will follow.”
This is from an interview by Lee Jung Yeop, the CEO of Woollim Entertainment, done at the end of Lovelyz’s 1st repackaged album promotions. How much of that promise to “never put money first” has been kept for the past 3 years? For all this time, how has Woollim Entertainment treated Lovelyz and the group’s fans? It has not been too long since the group completed promoting an album that was supposed to be “healing” for both Lovelyz and the fans. Unfortunately, at this point, no one is being healed. We’re all stuck in this mess that clearly isn’t healing – what do you have to say for yourself, CEO Lee Jung Yeop?
After encountering the sudden news of a new single album to be promoted without Jin, fans were not excited to hear such a quick return. We grew concerned about why the agency would push the girls to move on without the 8th member. Fans hoped that nothing too serious has happened to Jin, and that soon the members will be all together again. However, it has been revealed that Jin was in a car accident and that her “health issues” are not just simple issues but actually caused by an accident. We want to know if this is what you, Lee Jung Yeop, meant by “doing what [you] want to do” – by hiding the agency’s fault for not being able to take good care of the artist and blaming her for her “health conditions”. Is this how Woollim Entertainment really want to treat the rest of the Lovelyz girls, pushing off their health, covering up their pain, and struggling on to keep promoting and performing on stage?
Throughout the many regular, mini, and single album promotions, the fans watched Lovelyz members mature into beautiful young women. We also had to watch them struggle with small and big issues that affected them throughout the years. The members always gave their best though, and expressed everything they wanted to show the fans. That’s because the members trusted the fans and the agency too. We wanted to return this trust. We believed that an agency would take care of the members and provide what is the most basic thing that an agency should provide. Is this how we are repaid for putting our faith in Woollim Entertainment?
“As the head of Woollim Entertainment, what is your ultimate goal?”
“For my managing artists to have a living forever… and the staff too. If they make money, I make money.”
This is another excerpt from the interview. If the CEO truly wanted for his “managing artists to have a living forever”, he would have kept their lives in balance so they can promote healthy and heal correctly. He would have provided a foundation for the members to survive on, instead of shattering the members’ hearts and bodies by forcing them to promote without stopping. The fans plead with sincerity. Please let the Lovelyz girls heal.”
Woollim Entertainment hasn’t responded to fan concerns yet, but fans continue to show support for Jin and the rest of Lovelyz’s members by firmly requesting some sort of feedback from the agency.