Twice’s Chaeyoung lashed out at a stalker on Sunday after her personal phone number was released on social media.
The K-pop group’s agency, JYP Entertainment, released an official statement Sunday, saying it would immediately sue the person who first disclosed Chaeyoung’s private number online. A few hours later, Chaeyoung took to Instagram to deliver a direct message to the stalker.
“We’re at our limits to stay quiet and wait for you to stop, ” began the message Chaeyoung wrote Sunday. “Due to the 11 digits that an inconsiderate and disrespectful person posted on the internet, my phone is bombarded with calls and text messages and I’m going through some needless trouble.”
This is the first time a Twice member has directly called out the stalker in recent months, during which several bandmates have been targeted by such behaviour.
아무 말 없이 물러 서주기를 바라며 때를 기다리기엔이젠 한계인 것 같습니다. ⠀ 아무 의미 없을수 도 있는 숫자 11개가 배려와 존중이 없는 한 사람을 통해 인터넷에 올라온 순간, 제 휴대폰은 온갖 전화와 문자로 도배되었고 제가 굳이 하지 않아도 될 수고를 겪고 있습니다. 이러한 문제들은 저 뿐만이 아니라 저희 소중한 멤버들, 저희 회사 다른 많은 아이돌 분들 까지도요. ⠀ 아무런 생각없이 그저 관심과 사랑이라고 포장하며 보내는 행동들과 연락들이 얼마나 많은 사람들에게 피로가 되고 불안이 되고 힘듬이 되어 가는지 조금이라도 생각 해보시길 부탁 드립니다. ⠀ 또한 그렇게 꽁꽁싸맨 포장들로 저희를 건강하고 올바르게 관심과 응원과 사랑을 보내주시는 팬분들 까지 욕되게 하진말아 주십시오. ⠀ 전 이러한 문제에 쉽게 흔들리는 사람이 아닙니다. 화를 억누르지 못해 글을 쓰는게 아닙니다. 따끔히 잘못 되었다는걸 정확히 알려주고 싶을 뿐입니다. 부끄러운 행동이라는 걸요. - 채영
In December, JYP Entertainment requested police protection due to worsening stalking of the group by a man who revealed himself as Nayeon’s fan from Germany. Although the firm stated it took legal action against the man, the stalking did not stop.
On Jan. 1, the man boarded the same plane as the group as they were returning from Japan, attempting to reach Nayeon. Following the incident, JYP Entertainment filed another charge against the man and requested the court issue a restraining order.
After Chaeyoung’s warning on Sunday, the man said on Twitter he was behind the leaking of her number. He requested Chaeyoung delete the Instagram post and accused her of hurting him. He also complained that his friends and families are being threatened by the singer’s fans.
The German man is a “sasaeng” fan – a Korean term referring to fans who track down the private schedules of stars so closely that they infringe upon their privacy – who has been tormenting Twice recently.
Last month, Dahyun’s privacy was breached when an unidentified person photographed the details of her passport as she was checking in for departure at a local airport. Meanwhile, Mina – who has been taking a break since last year due to an anxiety disorder – was allegedly threatened by a foreign fan who tried to trespass on her home in Japan. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
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