Red Velvet’s Irene has apologised over her bullying scandal but some fans are still angry
“Unless Irene leave the band, the scandal will haunt Red Velvet and deal a critical blow to the band’s image”. A group fan community, DC Inside Red Velvet, said in a statement after Red Velvet’s leader admitted she had verbally attacked a stylist/fashion editor during a recent filming session, and apologised.
“I sincerely apologise for hurting the stylist with my foolish attitude and careless words and actions,” she posted on Instagram. “As I looked back, I feel ashamed of my lack of words and actions; and I felt the importance of the staff once again. From now on, I will be more cautious to prevent another incident like this.”
Red Velvet’s agency, SM Entertainment, also announced that Irene had met the stylist after the post and she apologised for being “careless and immature”.
The bullying scandal erupted last Tuesday when a stylist with 15 years’ experience – posted on Instagram that she had teared after a celebrity “trampled and abused” on her. She did not mention the celebrity’s name. But dropped a hint with hashtags “psycho” and “monster,” these are known as the titles of Red Velvet and its subunit’s previous releases. The stylist deleted the post after receive Irene’s apologise.
Despite Irene’s apology, numerous internet users are still giving her the cold shoulder.
One commented: “I feel so bad for the other members – Irene should leave the group”. Another wrote: “She truly failed me. Her apology lacks sincerity and I don’t think her personality will change.”
Irene (Bae Joo-hyun), made her debut as part of Red Velvet in 2014 with the album “Happiness”. She also the oldest and leader of the group.