Yesterday, fashion editor and stylist Kang Kook Hwa’s Instagram post about a celebrity’s bad behavior made headlines.
In the post, Kang wrote, “I had already prepared myself from all the stories I’ve heard before I met her. But today, I lost my words as this person stung me with her words that are like electric needles,” she added. “I had to stand still in front of that loathsome face that was hysterically throwing a fit at me. I thought that I have experienced all sorts of people in this field for the past 15 years. And I thought I had experienced everything in life and thought I had let everything go, but I stand corrected… [she] skipped the greeting and sat right down across me and started spewing insults at my face as she pointed her finger at me with a phone in her hand… as the knife from her mouth stabbed me over and over again, only tears rolled down my face.”
And at the end of the post, Kang included two hashtags: “#psycho” and “#monster.”
Many began to speculate that Kang Kook Hwa was victim of either Red Velvet’s Irene or Seulgi based on the hashtags, which are references to Red Velvet’s last comeback. She deleted her previous posts praising Irene and Seulgi, further raising the questions.
Irene took to Instagram to apolgize for her attitude and actions.
Below is a complete translation of her post:
“This is Irene.
I sincerely apologize for hurting the stylist with my foolish attitude and rash words and actions.
Although I was able to get to this spot because of the help provided my various people, I regret that my immature actions have caused great pain and I am currently reflecting.
Because of this incident, I have been looking back at the past. I feel very embarrassed because of my lacking words and actions, and I understood how precious the staff are once again.
I will put more thought into my actions going forward so that this does not happen again.
I am sincerely sorry to the fans who support me and to everyone who has been caused concern because of this.”
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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.
SM Entertainment also provided a statement, revealing that Irene personally met with the stylist and apologized for her past attitude and actions.