From ‘Nam’ Goddess into ‘Son’ Goddess, Let’s Talk About The New Jihyun!
Previously a leader of the popular girl-group 4Minute, Jihyun, previously known as Nam Ji-Hyun, is reported to have officially changed her name into Son Ji-Hyun for her new career path as an actress, back in December, 2017. Now she is surrently working as an actress under the agency Artist Company, which is known as one of the top Korean Entertainment companies, formed by veteran actors Jung Woo-Sung and Lee Jung-Jae.
Son Ji-Hyun’s Life After 4Minute
After seven years together, the members of 4Minute decided to disband the group and go their separate ways. Jihyun, herself, even ended her contract with Cube Entertainment. Not long after the disbandment, her new agency, Artist Company, announced that she would be promoting under a new name “Son Ji-Hyun”. She explained that she changed her name by using her mother’s surname, to start anew.
She confirmed that she just wanted a new path and a fresh start as an actress, but some netizens thought the change might be because there’s another actress named Nam Ji-Hyun, who is five years younger and more popular than she is. Her explanation came by way of a written letter which said that it’s a decision she came to after long consideration. She said even though it may not make things different, she hoped fans would support and bless her.
Son Ji-Hyun’s Filmography : Movies, TV Series, Shows, Music Videos
After accumulating acting experience through various projects such as the film The Youth, and the dramas Love Cells and My Little Baby, she started promoting as a rookie actress all over again. In one interview she opened up about how difficult it was for her after her group disbanded. She also shared that she enjoys promoting as an actress and has fun on the set. She still thinks she’s lacking, but she is trying her best by auditioning for as many roles as possible. She took roles in The Strongest Delivery Man and Grand Prince, but neither drama made much of a success.
Son Ji-Hyun’s Movie List
|2010||Midnight FM||심야의 FM||Herself||Cameo|
|2014||The Youth||레디액션 청춘||Seung-Ah||Segment: “Wonderwall”|
Son Ji-Hyun’s TV Series List
|2010||It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl||괜찮아 아빠딸||SBS||Shin Sun-Hau|
|2011||A Thousand Kisses||천번의 입맞춤||MBC||Jang Soo-Ah|
|2012||The Third Hospital||제3병원||tvN||Herself||Cameo|
|Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog||판다양과 고슴도치||Channel A||Herself|
|Love and War 2||부부클리닉 사랑과 전쟁 2||KBS||Seo Young|
|Please Remember, Princess – Generation of Romance||러브포텐 : 순정의 포텐||Naver||Yoon Min-Ah|
|2014||Marriage, Not Dating||연애 말고 결혼||tvN||Herself||Cameo|
|Love Cells||연애세포 시즌 1||Naver||Seorin|
|2016||My Little Baby||마이 리틀 베이비||MBC||Han So-Yoon|
|2017||Strongest Deliveryman||최강 배달꾼||KBS||Choi Yeon-Ji|
|2018||Grand Prince||대군 – 사랑을 그리다||TV Chosun||Ru Shi-Gae|
Son Ji-Hyun’s Shows & Starring Music Video List
|2012||The Romantic & Idol||더 로맨틱&아이돌||tvN||Regular cast||Show paired with ZE:A’s Hyungsik|
|She and Her Car||그녀와자동차||MBC||Host||Show|
|2015||Real Beauty||진짜 뷰티||K-Star||MC||Show|
|2008||You Are The Best of My Life||내꺼중에 최고||Lee Hyun||Music Video|
|2015||Love Sick||사랑병||BtoB & Yoo Seong-Eun||Music Video|
The Truth Behind 4Minute’s Disbandment
On June 13, 2016, it was announced that 4Minute would be disbanding following their contract expiration, and the only member who signed a new contract as a soloist was Hyuna. Meanwhile, Jihyun joined members Jiyoon, Gayoon, and Soohyun in leaving Cube Entertainment, after failing to negotiate a new contract. No clear reason has ever been given about why the group decided to end their career while the group was at its peak.
There have been many speculations as to the reasons behind 4Minute’s dissolution. Some netizens came up with their own theories about why the group broke up, with talk of Hyuna “stealing” too much of the spotlight being considered the most likely reason. Considering how much attention Hyuna’s brought to their group since their debut days, envy of her popularity seemed a likely cause. Netizens concluded that Cube Entertainment was too focused on taking care of Hyuna’s solo career. Meanwhile, the exposing article continues on to state that 4Minute’s recent albums were ‘failures’ to their agency. As a result, the agency saw 4Minute as a non-profitable group, and they chose profit over music. As for why Hyuna was re-signed, she was still seen as a profitable entity for CUBE Entertainment as her solo career is very successful. As a matter of fact, Hyuna’s song “Bubble Pop” is considered one of the top 10 songs responsible for the sudden boom of the Hallyu Wave.
About 4Minute’s Disbandment From The Former Members’ Perspective
Some time after the disbandment, one of the former members, Jiyoon, explained there were various reasons for why they decided to disband. Jiyoon (now promoting as Jenyer) explained her decision to leave the agency was mainly because she came to realize that she wanted to continue her career in her way, without following any set rules from the agency. She also revealed “A part of me wanted to continue 4minute, but the members had different paths they wanted to take. It was all different; one member wanted to pursue acting, one wanted to sing, and another wanted to do different music than being an idol”.
On July 29, 2016, when Hyuna had a press conference for her comeback, she was asked about 4Minute and its disbandment. Hyuna first said she was upset by the way people talk as if 4Minute didn’t exist. When asked what the members said after they decided to disband, Hyuna was cautious, saying she could only speak for herself and no one else. She explained that the members, who have all worked toward the same dream for seven years, have decided to now head toward their individual dreams and support each other.
Jihyun also discussed inn an interview how she felt at the time of 4minute’s disbandment. She shared, “I knew it was going to happen, so I was upset for a short while but that was it,” and added, “After disbandment, I missed going on stage but now it’s all a good memory. I want to focus on my acting career for a while without any music promotions.” Regarding the relationships between the former 4minute members, Jihyun said that there were feelings of sorrow at first, especially with Hyuna. However, Jihyun went on to say “As time goes by, I have come to understand Hyuna more and more. Our (Kakao) group chat is still alive.”
Meanwhile, Sohyun, the maknae, is currently taking her first steps as an actress. She revealed her thoughts on the changes she is facing. “Everyone has different thoughts and there’s also the issue of the agency. Even though it’s okay for everyone to make choices that benefit themselves, it’s still a bit sad. I was like that as well. Unlike in the past, when I put the team before myself, I started thinking about myself before the team. What pained me the most was that thinking about my own needs wasn’t wrong. It would be a lie to say that I don’t have any regrets. Sometimes I hear our songs playing in the streets, and some people recognize me and say, ‘Hey, it’s 4Minute.’ I do feel some regret, but I’m going to keep it as a good memory. I’ll think about going on stage again when the opportunity comes. For now, I’m planning on working as an actress, but there is a possibility of my return to music“.
Son Ji-Hyun’s Social Media Links & Instagram Updates
Personal Instagram: https://instagram.com/jihyunilovee/
Personal Twitter: https://twitter.com/4m_namjiji0109
Mini Homepage: http://minihp.cyworld.com/pims/main/pims_main.asp?tid=48567097
Official Fancafe: http://cafe.daum.net/NJH
Son Ji-Hyun’s Most Talked About Instagram Updates
Amidst talks of 4Minute splitting, Jihyun uploaded a vague post on Instagram in June, 2016. Some netizens thought it was a possible clue about the group’s end. The post is taken from a book and says this: “There are those who are saved from your song. Your music will last a long time…You have to believe that until the end. Until the very last minute you have to believe.. Must I keep believe this…”
On May 7th, 2018, she posted picture of herself with Ryu Hwa-Young (former member of T-ARA). Many netizens threw hate comments about how unwise it was of Jihyun to be friends with someone who’s caused a lot of controversies in the past.
On September 5th, 2018, she revealed her new hairstyle, going from long hair to a much shorter cut. She posed in a yoga/pilates room as she pouted her lips.
Latest News From the Second Half of 2018
- She played a youngl veterinarian(lead actress) in the web drama “Monkey and Dog Romance” (견원지간 로맨스), along with CROSS Gene’s Shin as the sassy animal communicator (lead actor). The pre-produced web-drama is about a man who can communicate with animals. He breaks up with his girlfriend, and their animal friends, a dog and a monkey, must also break up. The animals try to bring their masters back together. There are 10 episodes in total (12 minutes/episode), which aired from Sep 17, 2018 – Nov 19, 2018.
- On November 18th, 2018, Kwon So-Hyun, the makna,e uploaded photos of the 4Minute members’ reunion without Jihyun and Hyuna. The picture was taken on a mountain. Jihyun commented on the photo, and Sohyun replied affectionately by saying “Come on, come on. Let’s go together, sister!“