Ex-Bolbbalgan4’s Woo Ji-yoon: Profile, Facts, Solo, etc.

Dodo

A rumor of the feud between Ji-yoon and BOL4’s Ahn Ji-young once again began to circulate after Ji-yoon released a solo song under the name ODDCHILD. Her newest solo track that was composed last year before her departure was released on June 19th, 2020.

Ji-yoon releases the songs “Dodo” and “Island” as part of her new album O: circle. Upon reading the lyrics, many netizens speculated that her songs are referring to her fellow groupmate, Ahn Ji-young. The lyrics such as “Unending greed is the reason side out. You pushed me aside,” from “Dodo” and “Whether you fill in the empty spot or not,” from “Island” are said to be a reference to her situation and BOL4’s track “Blank” (literal translation “Please Fill the Empty Spot”).

Your endless desire and greed is a reason for a side out.

You pushed me away and took the set point

Salud beer, tryna gaslighting.

My dreamlike work was burnt away, rock my boat.

It’s a nightmare for me.

I’m selfish til the end.

The self-justification was that flowers will bloom tomorrow, for you.

I was worried for you.

I’m glad I got out.

Every cloud has a silver lining

Beat it, I did.

— DODO lyrics

There are various references that can be interpreted as references to Ahn Ji-young and BOL4. The parts of the lyrics that mentioned ‘desire’ and ‘greed’ are said to be a reference to Ahn Ji-young’s desire to carry the BOL4 without her, while the mention of someone pushing her away could be interpreted as she was pushed out of the group.

She also made a reference to BOL4’s song “Workaholic” with the lyrics “Salud beer” as Salud can mean cheers in Spanish. It is said to represent she was glad after leaving BOL4

Amidst the rumor, Ji-yoon denied that her new songs were not a jab for Ji-young. She clarified on Instagram, “My song ‘Dodo’ was produced in 2019, and I posted a bit of it on Instagram. The rest of it became the main song. ‘Island’ is a song that was finished with guide vocals last summer.”

Even though she has clarified the rumors, they started to fuel again after Ji-young posted on her Instagram Stories on July 3rd, 2020:

Before that friend’s departure was made public, she told me that she wanted to rest. In talks with our label, she said that she hoped to leave in order to find her own path. As you know, it was the same in her handwritten statement. When the news was made public, I heard from other artists and staff members in our label and our acquaintances that she had said that we had parted on good terms. During the time we promoted together, we never once received unfair treatment from the label, so I don’t understand how one could say that we parted on bad terms.

I’ve looked at the lyrics for Dodo on the album Odd Child’ again and again. The same goes for the song Island. I don’t know what the intention was, but I went through a hard time for a while because it seemed obvious the lyrics were about me. In a 36-second timespan, lyrics like, ‘You pushed me aside,’ ‘gaslighting,’ ‘self-justification,’ and ‘it’s a relief that I’m leaving.’ The realtime searches were full of it and I dealt with criticism, malicious comments, and speculative articles all day.

I go to therapy every week and suffer from depression. Every night, she comes to torment me in my dreams, so I struggle with insomnia. I couldn’t deal with it any longer and it was too hard for me to see her, so I unfollowed her. Are you happy now that I’ve explained why I unfollowed her? I’m human and I have feelings too. And it’s my personal social media account, so whether I follow or unfollow, what concern is it of yours? I don’t want this to become an issue anymore. I will support that friend as she takes on new challenges and changes. However, don’t compare us both or question who was good or who was bad, because that is being careless with the precious memories of the fans and listeners who are related to and received comfort from BOL4’s music.

Meanwhile, in response to her Instagram Stories, Ji-yoon posted on her own Instagram stories:

The reason that I haven’t said anything was that I didn’t want to hurt the people who love me if my words caused another issue about me, who isn’t able to say enough.

However, after considering carefully about it, I thought of how I’ve always felt regret over the losses I’ve experienced because I didn’t say anything. So after giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided to try to write a few words.

First, as many people know, the biggest reason that I left the group BOL4 was that I had a lot of concerns about my own path. However, rather than suddenly leaving, I wanted to end things properly so I was thinking of ending the group after a concert. But regardless of my own intentions, she showed that she intended to part with me more quickly, so I ended up leaving the team sooner than I’d thought. Also, even though I saw her talking about our relationship on television afterwards in a way that contrasted with my own thoughts, I didn’t want people talking about myself and her because of a scandal, so I didn’t say anything.

And second, in regard to my song that many people are talking about and saying I took a shot at her with, as I said in my Instagram story before, that song was one that I’d already written a few years ago and I don’t have anything more to say about that. It hurts me as well to see that after I released my first song, so many people are calling it “taking a shot” rather than being interested in my music.

There’s still so much more that I haven’t said. However, I don’t want to add the things I haven’t said and then regret it.
I’m just writing this for my acquaintances and fans who love me.

To which Ji-young responded back:

I was hurt that I first heard about her wanting to quit BOL4 from the label rather than directly from her.

It’s true that we planned to continue promoting as BOL4 until our concert even after she decided she was going to leave. However, since the conclusion had already been decided, I felt that we would not be able to promote our album together because I didn’t want to make our final album as BOL4 without sincere feelings. During discussions about her departure, I said that it would be better if she ended her promotions, and she agreed with me. She also said that she would give due respect to my opinions.

That’s why I said on TV that I think I did the best I could for both of us.

I do not want the public to misunderstand our situation. After this period, I do not want to talk about our situation any longer.

I thought this was a problem we could resolve between the two of us, and I’m very upset that it has gone this far. If you have something left to say to me, then don’t ignore me and contact me.

It seems like the two best friends’ arguments have become a public dispute and ‘she said, she said’ scenario. While we don’t know what the real truth and intentions are, we hope everything will be back to normal for both of them. We sincerely wish for their success in their future endeavors!

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