Soojin was forced to leave (G)I-DLE after becoming involved in a school bullying scandal in early 2021
In early 2021, there was a systematic attack on K-pop idols by trolls who claimed they were school bullies. Since school violence in South Korea is extremely violent, the general public dumps any celebrity with just a single rumor. Luckily, most of the accusations against these idols like Seventeen’s Mingyu, GOT7’s Youngjae, Stray Kids’ Hyunjin and April’s Naeun turned out to be false. But (G)I-DLE’s Soojin had one of the most tragic cases.
The female idol was also accused by the victim’s sister of bullying a friend. While Soojin detailed all the loopholes in the Prosecutor’s story, some fans and Kneticens still sided with her. We then had (G)I-DLE’s label, CUBE, put them on hiatus, leading fans to wonder if they would settle the matter. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case as they then canceled their contract with Soojin and she was forced to leave their K-Pop group. While fans were discouraged, there seemed to be a silver lining on May 11 when BPM was rumored to be signing them.
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After Soojin was forced to leave (G)I-DLE, she disappeared from public view. Fans have been patiently awaiting her return, hoping she can clear her name and debut again. On May 11, a Korean news outlet reported that Soojin decided to sign to Big Planet Made, a new K-pop label that will feature artists like ex-Sistar member Soyou, Viviz, ex-NU’EST star Ren and Wanna’s Ha Sungwoon hosts Fame, “Rookie Monster” Lee Mujin, and more.
But hours later, BPM personally issued a statement that dashed fans’ hopes. They addressed the alleged report and said that they did not sign with Soojin. BPM said, “We never met Soojin. The reports about the contract are unfounded.”
Some fans were sad when one tweeted: “You didn’t have to deny THIS fast and in THIS way 😭 it’s kinda hard.” Soojin isn’t coming back. FOR NOW. I still have hope.” Another wrote, “I’ve been waiting for news from Soojin all year.” One fan shared, “Well then…this is your chance.” Another said, “PNation is the answer 🙂 Hope Psy gets our Soojin.” One was willing to wait for her: “Wherever you are, I hope you’re well and happy. We’re still waiting, but take the time that Another fan added, “If you didn’t hit Soojin well you should meet Soojin that’s all I’m saying.”