On the 15th, Irene posted a long article beginning with “Hello, this is Irene” through the SM official fan community application listen.

Irene was engulfed in controversy after a stylist’s exposure last October. As the controversy grew, Irene apologized to her SNS, saying, “I am sincerely sorry for hurting the stylist with foolish attitude and careless words and actions.”

Here is the full text of that letter:

Hello. This is Irene.

It snowed a lot and the weather got colder. Are you guys doing well? I am late, but I am trembling to say hello in writing.

First of all, I wanted to say that I apologize for causing so much pain and worry to many people because of my lack.

I started my life as a trainee in 2009 at the age of 19, and until now, my whole life has been to stand in front of you as Irene of Red Velvet. I have lived in a small society called the entertainment world so that if I am young and if I have many years, I have thought that I want to do better than anyone else in my job, and to do it well is the most important thing given to me. I lived while thinking that I was getting along with the people around me in my own way, so I didn’t know that my communication method or expression could be a problem, and I only thought that each way of communication was different.

I received a lot of worries and reprimands not only from the public but also from my surroundings for the past events, and this gave me time to quietly reflect on myself. And, unreasonably, there were members, fans, and staff who cared for me around me, and I realized that I was able to work without any problems while taking care of them.

As I can’t turn back time, I’m making a lot of effort to not go back to the way I used to be. I realized the heaviness of words and actions, and I will become a more mature person. In the future, as a leader of Red Velvet, as a singer, I will try not only to show a good image, but also as a human, Bae Joo-hyun, not to disappoint you.

I hope that somebody will no longer be criticized for what happened because of my inadequacy. Late but happy new year.

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