Irene, K-pop idol and member of girl group Red Velvet, has issued an apology after accusations arose about her behavior toward a stylist and a junior fashion editor.
On October 21, an Instagram post by a stylist was made regarding a certain, unnamed celebrity. The poster shared how she was brought to tears and felt humiliated by the celebrity. She went on to say that they had been warned by other people about this celebrity’s behavior, but she was completely horrified when the celebrity verbally berated her for over 20 minutes.
At the end of the post, the stylist included the hashtags “#psycho” and “#monster.” As the post spread across social media, people began to point out that the hashtags are titles of songs by Red Velvet and more specifically, the sub-unit of Irene and Seulgi. Many readers began to suspect the post was about Irene when the stylist also deleted a post she made about Irene in 2016, complimenting the idol.
Since the allegations, both Irene and her label SM Entertainment have released statements regarding the incident. On October 22, Irene made the following post on her Instagram:
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아이린입니다. 저의 어리석은 태도와 경솔한 언행으로 스타일리스트 분께 마음의 상처를 드려 진심으로 죄송합니다. 제가 이 자리에 있기까지 함께 노력해주신 많은 분들의 도움이 있었는데 성숙하지 못한 행동으로 큰 상처를 드린 점 후회하고 반성하고 있습니다. 이번 일을 통해 지난 시간을 되돌아 보니 저의 부족한 언행이 많이 부끄러웠고 스태프분들의 소중함을 다시 한번 느끼게되었습니다. 앞으로는 이런 일이 없도록 더욱 신중히 생각하고 행동하겠습니다. 부족한 저를 응원해 주시는 팬 여러분과 이번 일로 인해 심려를 끼쳐드린 모든 분들께 진심으로 죄송합니다.
In the post, Irene mentions her “foolish attitude” and describes her words as “careless.” She proceeds to say that she is reflecting on her actions and that she will be more cautious about her behavior in the future. She not only apologizes to the stylist, but also to fans that have supported her throughout her career.
In SM Entertainment’s statement, the company reveals that Irene has since met with the stylist and has apologized to them in person. The agency goes on to take on some responsibility for the incident and states that they will work hard to take care of their representatives and staff.
While the original post by the stylist has been deleted, they have put up another post following their meeting with Irene. They denied allegations that the event was fabricated or was being used for financial gain, stating that their main reason for coming forward was to get an apology from Irene and a promise from the idol that she would never treat anyone like that again. They closed out the post saying that the matter is finished now and that they will no longer make any statements regarding it.
Following all of this, the 2020 K-Culture Festival announced that Red Velvet would not be holding their fan event on October 24. The group was scheduled to hold a live-streamed fan meeting as part of their role as Global Hallyu Ambassadors for the event. It is unknown at this time if the cancellation was due to the controversy and allegations against Irene.
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