Former IZ*ONE member Choi Ye-na directly talked about how she felt about rumors related to her and a chaebol chairman.
On February 6th, Choi Ye-na and her brother Choi Sung-min appeared as guests on the Youtube channel “Newcomer ~ New Media KPOP Broadcasting Station/신고식 ~ 뉴미디어 K-POP 방송국”.
On this day, Choi Sung-min mentioned the rumors related to Choi Ye-na and a chaebol chairman that broke out last year. Recalling the case, he said, “We were having a meal at that time and articles with an old man whom we got to know for the first time appeared”
Choi Ye-na said, “When I was having dinner with my brother, the company suddenly called me. They said, ‘We keep getting emails. There is a rumor going on’. I just didn’t care about it at first”, adding, “I went on the Internet just to play games, but then found out that I was on the main page”.
She continued, “Everyone knew except for us. We found out about it a little bit late”.
Choi Sung-min said, “We were so busy that we couldn’t even visit our grandfather that day. We had never seen that person (in the articles) before”.
On November 30th last year, SBS 8 News reported a Kakaotalk conversation between a chaebol Chairman and celebrity A. At that time, celebrity A’s identity was rumored to be Choi Ye-na. The controversy intensified since Choi Ye-na’s real name was specifically mentioned in many online communities.
In response, Choi Ye-na’s agency, Yuehua Entertainment denied the rumor, saying, “We cannot tolerate the fact that malicious commenters have caused mental pain and damages to Choi Ye-na, who is just pursuing her dream at the age of 20”.