The negligence of the company and the ignorance of fans were the reason why Ji Yoon left BOL4 to find a way to develop her new career.
Hard-core K-pop fans will surely be no stranger to the name Bolbbalgan4 because this was the owner of a series of huge hits such as ‘Galaxy,’’, ‘Some,’ ‘First Love’… This girl group of 2 members was the artist of Shofar Music.
4 years after Bolbbalgan4’s debut, the news of Woo Ji Yoon suddenly leaving the group on April 2, 2020, has shocked many fans. Just half a day later, Ji Young wrote a letter sharing, “When I first heard the news, I was shocked and sad… With Ji Yoon’s talent, she can do anything. It’s about time I cheered on her as a friend.” However, many people believed that the truth behind Ji Yoon’s story was not as simple as what Ji Young wrote.
Netizens have found out many moments when the former BOL4‘s member was abused by her management company. Many people believed Ji Yoon’s managers neglected her because of her not outstanding appearance. Both of the girls walked together in the rain, but only Ji Young was covered by an umbrella, while Ji Yoon had to cover herself with a coat. Many people were irritated by the sight of Ji Yoon running behind her bandmate in the rain.
Ji Yoon and Ji Young have been close friends for 10 years with the same passion for music. They have been together since they were still trainees. From an “unknown” group that started in a small company, BOL4 had become a “digital music monster.” However, the popularity was not divided equally between the two.
Ji Yoon’s talent and voice had never been shown to the public when she always had to be the background for her friend. Bolbbalgan4 was a 2-member girl group, but when looking at it, many people still thought that Ji Young was the main vocalist and Ji Yoon was the accompanist. In most of the group’s songs, Ji Young’s vocal line was always the majority, while Ji Yoon only got a little rap part.
Furthermore, the company only invested in Ji Yoon’s appearance in the group’s MVs. Meanwhile, Ji Yoon did not have the opportunity to develop her own strengths and was frequently overshadowed by Ji Young.
BOL4’s fans were also the ones that pushed Ji Yoon further away. During a fansite, she was discriminated against by her own fans. Specifically, after receiving Ji Young’s autograph, a fanboy immediately walked away without even looking at Ji Yoon. At that time, the female vocalist could only wave and grin sheepishly in response to this heartbreaking situation.
Ji Young unfollowed her former bandmate after Ji Yoon released her solo album ‘Odd Child.’ Perhaps Ji Young had believed Ji Yoon’s track – ‘Dodo’ was directed at her as the song included lyrics such as “Greedy reason side out/ You pushed me away Sep Point/ You intercept it/ tryna gaslighting/ You say tomorrow’s coming for you/ You bloom self-justification/ I’m worried about you/ Thank god I’m out.” Afterward, Ji Yoon stated that she did not intend to ridicule anybody and that the song was written in January 2019 – before she withdrew from BOL4.
Every idol has a unique set of skills. No one, however, wants such skills to serve as a background for the brilliance of other members of the same group. Thus, after Ji Yoon’s departure, fans hope that her career will continue to flourish in the future.