Nako Yabuki, the Japanese member of girl group IZ*ONE, has recently expressed her position on the rumors of her being bullied.
Nako sent a long message to fans through mail on December 6th, saying, “I’m really tired and just want to take a sleep during the break time. Since the spreading of strange rumors has been bothering me so much, I decided to write this e-mail.”
Nako expressed her frustration, saying, “First of all, I’m sorry for making such remarks that caused misunderstandings. But I’m really sad to see many people believe in the rumors. I’m writing this e-mail because I don’t want rumors to be spread strangely like that. I’m sure that people who are reading this mail don’t trust those rumors. But I want to tell those who create and believe in the rumors that I’m in a really bad mood right now.”
Earlier, an article titled, “Controversy over IZ*ONE former member being bullied by her Japanese group” was posted on the online community Nate Pann on November 22nd. At that time, the netizen who wrote that article claimed, “Nako once said, ‘My Airpods disappeared, so I spent a week looking for them and eventually finding them out in the trash can’. Even fans were worried for her.”
This person added, “Even when Nako was promoting IZ*ONE activities, members of the Japanese group HKT48 turned their back on Nako and badmouthed her, claiming she was too immersed in Korea. Bullying rumors are also spreading in Japanese communities, and Nako’s remark on SNS, saying, ‘I miss IZ*ONE members’, was also brought up.”
Nako Yabuki is a Japanese idol who debuted in 2013 as a member of HKT48. She then re-debuted in a Korean-Japanese girl group IZ*ONE, which was active from October 2018 to April 2021.