Let’s Find the Truth Behind the T-ara Bullying Scandal

The Truth Behind T-ara Bullying Speculations

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Although the rumors have spread and a lot of T-ara fans left, some still believe that they were only rumors. Some fans even found some facts behind the rumor of the T-ara bullying scandal. Here are some of them:

1. Hwayoung’s First Variety Show


When Hwayoung first joined T-ara, she looked awkward and passive in front of cameras. When she first joined variety show with T-ara members (T-ara Hello Baby), she didn’t talk much and was less dominant than the other members, but things got better as time passed.

2. Soyeon and Boram Didn’t Have a Dumpling Incident

It was true that Soyeon and Boram didn’t put Hwayoung’s dumpling inside the pot, but it was really because of the water that was about to spill out. After that, Soyeon and Boram cooked Hwayoung’s dumplings separately, so that she could also eat with them.

3. Hwayoung Joined Sistar and Infinite without other T-ara Members Incident

Not all T-ara members got to attend “Idol Championship”, only Jiyeon, Eunjung, Qri, Boram and Hwayoung (Soyeon and Hyomin didn’t attend). During the time Hwayoung was sitting with Sistar and Infinite, you can’t see Jiyeon and Eunjune because at that time both of them were playing tennis. It was also a free variety show, in which everyone could sit with anyone they liked, and there was also a picture of Hyomin sitting with After School, 2Am, etc without other T-ara members. This proves that it wasn’t because T-ara members disliked Hwayoung.

4. Eunjung Fed Hwayoung with Rice Cake Incident

During the Japanese variety show, T-ara members were divided into two teams, Hwayoung, Hyomin, and Qri as one team and Soyeon, Jiyeon, and Eunjung as the other team. Because Eunjung’s team lost, Eunjung needed to feed a rice cake to the winning team, and the person was chosen out randomly with T-ara members’ names on papers inside the box. The person chosen was Hwayoung. The atmosphere during the variety show was also friendly and they were actually having fun together. Hwayoung was also smiling with the other members.

T-ara Hwayoung and Hyoyoung Talked About Bullying Scandal in “Taxi”

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On February 8, 2017, ex-T-ara Hwayoung and her twin Hyoyoung were invited as guests on “Taxi”, a tvN talk show to talk about their sisterly bond, career, etc, but Hwayoung also started opening up about her past scandal with T-ara members.

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“It’s a shame. Thinking about it now, it’s something that can definitely happen between girls. Looking back, we were still young and inexperienced. I, also, wasn’t an adult.”, Hwayoung said. Then, Hwayoung was asked whether she cried during those time, to that she replied, “I locked myself in my room and cried a lot. I had lost a lot of weight at the time, and my sister, choking up, told me to stop losing weight.”

Hwayoung said that her twin sister, Hyoyoung, was her biggest supporter as she was judged and bullied by other T-ara members. She started shedding tears as she looked back at her past. Hyoyoung revealed, “My sister was watching a music program, and she spaced out [thinking about something else]. It made me think that I should work harder.” In “Taxi”, Hwayoung also shared her past ambition that she really wanted to become an actress, but the former CEO recommended that she become a rapper by saying that she has a good voice. The bullying scandal has ended years ago, but when Hwayoung brought it up again during her appearance in “Taxi”, more people looked back at that scandal.

Fomer T-ara Staff Revealed The Truth Behind T-ara Bullying Scandal

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After the “Taxi” with Hwayoung and Hyoyoung as guests aired on Februay 8, 2017, someone, who said that she was a former staff of the T-ara members, spoke up. She revealed the T-ara scandal from her objective point of view. She said, “I saw yesterday’s broadcast of ‘Taxi.’ I saw that Ryu Hwayoung and Ryu Hyoyoung cried, too. [Hwayoung] said ‘It’s something that can definitely happen between girls?’ That they didn’t know better? As if what happened was nothing? What, exactly was it that ‘could have just happened’? The threat that [Hyoyoung] would scratch up someone’s face?” The former staff member looked back at Ryu Hwayoung’s leg injury on 23rd July 2012.

Chronology of T-ara Scandal from Former Staff’s Point of View


The former staff revealed that during MBC “Music Core” special in Ulsan, Hwayoung twisted her ankle. But soon after they returned to Seoul, Hwayoung went to the hospital to get an x-ray and treatment. She went with her manager and the doctor told them that she was just fine. The next day, all of the T-ara members went to Japan for the Budokan concert. When the T-ara manager came to pick up Hwayoung, she unexpectedly came out with a cast on her leg. Her worried manager asked about what happened and Hwayoung said she went to another hospital with her father and the doctor put a cast on her. But oddly, she took the cast off after she entered the car saying that she could still walk. The former staff got this information from the former manager.


Arriving at the airport, Hwayoung asked her manager for a wheelchair since there were many reporters outside. Soon after Hwayoung went down with a wheelchair, the picture spread everywhere and became the most-popular topic on Naver. This was the first time the former member felt that something was odd.

The day after, T-ara’s Hyomin posted her tweet that made everyone wondered if Hwayoung was bullied by other T-ara members. The former member said it was true that they were disappointed and angry at Hwayoung, but the former staff as a third party said that she understood why T-ara members said those things.

When they were in Japan, Hwayoung kept asking for a wheelchair, and the staff brought her to a hospital in Japan to check on her ankle once again, but they said everything was fine and she didn’t need a cast or a wheelchair. “Even so, Hwayoung demanded a wheelchair, saying it was difficult to walk. What happened after is even more ridiculous. To a Japanese staff member that went with her to the hospital, Hwayoung said, ‘I want to get some nail art done. Instead of the concert venue, let’s go to the hotel.’ I recall that the Japanese agency was very angry about this. She knew that the other members were practicing, but she wanted to go to the hotel and get her nails done. How ridiculous is that?”, the former staff said.

Demanding to be absent from performances, when T-ara members were struggling on the choreography and formation, made T-ara members and other teams to do rehearsal for 8 hours.

After everyone returned to Seoul for “Music Bank”, T-ara members admitted that they were wrong and apologized to Hwayoung. “Hyomin tried first to talk to Hwayoung, but Hwayoung said, ‘There’s nothing that I feel bad for, so I have no reason so say sorry,’ which cut off any conversation. And that’s when it happened: the threatening messages from Hyoyoung to Areum.”, the former staff revealed.

Hyoyoung’s Thread to Ahreum

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Ahreum was also late in joining T-ara, but she didn’t agree with the way Hwayoung reacted at that time. Ahreum also kept her distance with Hwayoung after that, but knowing this, Hyoyoung started to threaten T-ara’s Ahreum. The former staff said, “Areum showed the texts to the T-ara members, asking them for help, and in the end it was reported to the agency, and that’s when I saw them. This is the story behind the T-ara case that nobody knew.” 

Ahreum’s agency, B.A.M Company declared that the message from Hyoyoung wasn’t manipulated, but they also said that it was a difficult situation for Hyoyoung looking at her twin sister’s situation that led to her threat. “Hyoyoung did not know all the details of what was happening inside T-ara. She only sent the messages as an older sister because she was watching her younger sister suffer so much, and there was no other reason”, Ahreum’s label stated.

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Hyoyoung: “Areum, it’s Hyoyoung.”

Areum: “Hi (Hyoyoung) unni! ^^”

Hyoyoung: “Areum, when someone takes care of you, you say ‘thank you’ and be grateful. If you don’t want to take a beating, get it together. Rumors in the industry spread fast. And don’t go blabbing. Be classy ^^. I’m really mad right, now, so let’s not run into each other?

“If there’s something that I’ve misunderstood, do you want to meet and talk, or do you want to apologize now?”

Areum: “I’m not sure what you’re talking about exactly, but I’d like to meet and talk. Unni (Hyoyoung), I haven’t done anything so bad as to be hearing this from you.”

Hyoyoung: “Babe, you should just go.

“Let’s give you a beating at ‘Music Bank.’ There will be dust everywhere.

“I’ll scratch up your face so you can’t be on TV.

“Hahaha just wait~ ^^

“I’m not going to be a singer haha so you wait ^^ Dogs need to be hit to come to their senses.

“Stupid bitch. Show up in front of me, we will see what happens.”

“Okay, you’re doing a gre~~~at job tattling.”

Ending her long message, the former staff expressed her frustration toward the T-ara bullying scandal. “What Ryu Hwayoung said in 2012? ‘Only fans will know’? I don’t know if that was a premeditated move, but everyone, including fans, only know bits and pieces. For example, Ryu Hwayoung ran out of a dressing room. But the staff members from back then remember exactly what happened. Ryu Hwayoung’s selfish actions… playing the victim wasn’t enough and now they have to pretend like they’re taking the high road? I was frustrated, and I talked for a long time. Thank you for reading my long message.”