Former T-ara member Areum has spoken up about recent rumors that have appeared concerning the 'real reason' behind why she left the group to go solo.
As ridiculous as it sounds, rumors say that Areum was suffering from a bad case of spirit possession. Supposedly, the only path to cure herself of the paranormal disorder is to become a shaman, and her family has been attempting to exorcise her. There are also speculations that she hasn't been acting like her normal self, and so it was impossible for her to continue with T-ara.
She took to her Instagram to comment on the rumors - "Come on~ Don't stick yourself into another person's life when you don't even know the full story. You didn't even see it with your own eyes and you didn't hear it from me personally. Is that okay to do? This isn't right. I'll treat you to a meal, so please contact me directly to tell me who started this talk. I don't want it to end badly. I won't explain. I'm okay as long as I know it's not true. I won't say this twice. You'll think what you want anyway since it's not your life. But as Ahreum, who can't live without her dreams, I'm posting this bravely. From today forward, don't bother my boss or agency members/family."
In an interview with Osen, Areum clarified, "I'm happy and doing well, so I'm not sure why this news came up. I just had some sashimi and was having a good time hanging out when the headlines shocked me."
In regards to rumors about her suffering due to side effects from a diet being coupled with an unstable family life, she added, "There are no negative effects of a diet. The choreography for T-ara N4's 'Countryside Life' was really intense, so I did lose 13kg (28 lbs) during promotions. I'm very healthy though."
On the rumors that she's possessed by a spirit, she laughed stating, "Since the rumors are already out there, I'll make sure to hold a haunting performance."
"I'm thankful to my agency for the solo promotions, and it's a very happy time for me right now. I ask that you look forward to my future activities."
Areum's mother has also mentioned that she will be taking legal action against whoever started the rumors. She stated, "We're currently looking into finding a lawyer."
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