The aespa staff released a statement on V Live on May 27th. They said, “From now on, we will not be accepting any presents for all schedules, anniversaries, or members’ birthdays. With all due respect, we will no longer acknowledge any support campaigns that are in the works currently, and we will gratefully accept the heart behind them. We request the cooperation and understanding of aespa fans.”
It is an unprecedented event for a rookie girl group to turn down fans’ gifts and supports. Last month, an underaged representative of their fan club dine-and-dashed during an aespa member’s birthday event. And the news made waves.
Recently, the issue of idols accepting luxury gifts and expensive consumer electronics has caused many voices of concern. And the number of stars who refuse gifts from fans is growing, including EXO, BTS, NU’EST, SEVENTEEN, TWICE, and GRFriend.
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