5:36 pm - 11/01/2018

People beg IU for money on SNS


Singer IU says people have been asking her for money through social media.

Appearing on KBS2 talk show "The Joy of Conversation," IU, whose name is Lee Ji-eun, said: "A myriad of people have been suffering hardships and they asked me to pay medical bills, tuition fees or loans for them. I once sent money to a person who seemed desperate."

But the receiver's response differed from her expectation.

"I thought the person would appreciate me, but instead the receiver demanded an additional amount," the singer said. "Later, I realized that I had been ripped off and the person's story was all fake. It hurt my feelings back then."

The singer also revealed she has been supporting five juniors since 2013. They were accepted into universities but could not afford the tuition. About 20-25 million won ($17,600-$22,000) in financial aid has been given to them consistently.

IU, 25, debuted in 2008 with the mini-album "Lost and Found." She has been dubbed one of Korea's most successful female soloists. Her hit tracks include "Good Day," "The Red Shoes" and "Palette."

The singer released the single "BBI BBI" on Oct. 10 and it has been dominating music charts. IU also has been forging an acting career, starring in several TV series, including tvN's "My Mister."

source: The Korea Times
sjtaazrz 2nd-Nov-2018 12:46 am (UTC)
Dang...she was just trying to help.

Since it's something she's considered more than once, maybe she would start a foundation or something that can regularly pick one person in need and pay for tuition or something like that. That way, they won't contact her personally and they can vet the person beforehand.
sheisagentleman 2nd-Nov-2018 02:32 am (UTC)
damn that fucking sucks

i hope that whoever she chooses to help next is truthful and truly deserves it
lydzi 2nd-Nov-2018 03:54 am (UTC)


We need a new plague. But a selective one -___- (don't mind me, I'm mad @ the world rn xd)
senshicalico 2nd-Nov-2018 05:26 am (UTC)
scammers and charlatans ruin shit for the truly desperate tbh. because they don't have enough problems already :\
krissasaur 2nd-Nov-2018 06:05 am (UTC)
This would be my fate if I was famous.... I hate spending money on myself but I will throw it at anyone who I think needs it.
goshipgurl 2nd-Nov-2018 12:51 pm (UTC)
scammers asking rich people for money are the worst. which is why i'll never understand that so many powerball winners in the US are made public with their full names and faces. here the winners are kept private but in the US you see them on tv giving interviews and celebrating that they just won the lottery. good luck with all the begging letters you'll get.
kenziekinz09 2nd-Nov-2018 02:41 pm (UTC)
Some states let you stay private, but I think it may only be 7 or 8.
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