2:21 pm - 12/05/2018

Tiffany Responds To Allegations Of Fraud Against Her Father

On December 4, it was reported that a person had stepped forward accusing Tiffany’s father of fraud. According to the accusations, the person had met Tiffany’s father in Manila, Philippines in 2007, and had lent him a total of 35 million won (approximately $31,400), which they were never paid back. The person stated that Tiffany’s father had fabricated claims of taking over a golf course in order to borrow the money, and had used threats to silence any requests for the money to be repaid.

The person laid out details of what transpired in a government petition and stated that the last time they had been able to contact Tiffany’s father was April 2008. They stated, “I am talking about this now because I feel as though the world and society has changed where I can freely speak of things that have happened in relation to a family member of a celebrity.”

Tiffany addressed the issue through her agency Transparent Artist on December 5 and opened up about her struggles due to her father, who she has not contacted in seven years.

She stated, “Hello, this is Tiffany. I have read the post written by a person who has been hurt by my father in the past. I wish to present my statement to the public, whom I have caused concern to, because my heart is heavy with sorrow.

“Since I was young, I have had a difficult childhood because of my father’s various issues. Even after I made my debut, I received threats from people related to my father because of various financial issues that occurred without my knowledge.

“Not only this, but I was also pressured by my own father to repay his debts. I took financial responsibility multiple times because I believed it was expected of me as a familial matter.

“I was always scared that I would bring harm to my precious members and those around me because of this.

“Despite this, my father and those related to him continued their threats. It reached a point where I felt that I could no longer bear his problems, so I broke off ties with him and we agreed to live separate lives. It has been seven years since I have last contacted him.

“Though it was not an easy decision to speak about my family affairs in such unfortunate circumstances, I have written this statement because I feel sorry towards the person who has been hurt by my father for a long time, and towards all those who have been hurt because of this situation.

“Once more, I sincerely apologize for this controversy.”

source: @soompi, soompi, naver 1 2
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pepsi_twist9 5th-Dec-2018 01:23 pm (UTC)
She's spoken about being ostracized by her family before. People are already blaming her of course, she's by far from perfect but if she isn't even speaking with her father her name shouldn't come up in association.
pikapika217 5th-Dec-2018 01:23 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I had no idea she & her father were estranged - not that I know about most kpop members and their families but still. Given the circumstances this is a pretty sincere and perfect statement IMO
kenziekinz09 5th-Dec-2018 10:06 pm (UTC)
She used to talk about it more. I wasn’t aware they had no contact now but I remember her saying he was distant back in 2011.
benihime99 5th-Dec-2018 01:40 pm (UTC)
She's not her father's keeper
I'm tired of this trend where idols are basically forced to apologized for family member's mistake
That's bullshit
dior_chic 5th-Dec-2018 01:55 pm (UTC)
I feel like I lately read or seen a lot of articles about celebrities parents doing something fraudulent??? How common is this?

IA that she isn’t responsible for her father
camouflagecat 5th-Dec-2018 02:08 pm (UTC)
Mte, there's been A LOT of these in a short amount of time I feel like.
myungung 5th-Dec-2018 02:17 pm (UTC)
I knew she wasn't close with her father, but I didn't know they hadn't been speaking for years. and with her mum's passing, it has been hard on Fany
goldenrosalie 5th-Dec-2018 02:22 pm (UTC)
if i squint really hard i can generally see the connection between family member's deed and their child but i still don't get it. also there was such an increase in reports of shitty family members of kpop idols and their scams and each time idols are the ones who are expected to take accountability for someone else's action.
and it's very upsetting how tiffany has to air all of this out and explain what kind of relationship she has with her father (aka: none). they should be hounding her father instead of making her explain all of this.
gathyou 5th-Dec-2018 03:25 pm (UTC)
I remember her not being close to her father but didn't know she was actually estranged since seven years :( Having to rely on the other parents (especially Sooyoung's parents) during contract negociations makes so much sense now
I feel bad for her, she had so much to face from such a young age, and now that she apparently successfully cut her father away from her life, she still has to apologize for his wrongdoings :( I hope she doesn't feel guilty because of her father

I'm guessing that families who have been hurt by idol parents feel empowered to talk about it now since there are many others sharing similar stories... Hopefully it can protect new people from extortion, and break isolation for the victims. But the number of cases lately is frightening.

I hate that idols are expected to apologize on behalf of their parents, or even share the financial burden, when they have nothing to do with this :(
nana_the_dwarf 5th-Dec-2018 05:09 pm (UTC)
It's no wonder she was so emotionally attached to Taeyeon (and her member's families) for a very long while. Her mom passed away at young age, had a dead-beat father who abused her status and cultural expectations, and her siblings were busy with their own lives in different coutries while she went off to do her thing at freaking 15 against her family's wishes; she found someone who was willing to look out for her in an older sister kind of way.

Fany's far from perfect, but I really admire her gumption.

Edited at 2018-12-05 05:14 pm (UTC)
avrgaesthetics 5th-Dec-2018 03:28 pm (UTC)
jeez she shouldn't even have to say this. what the hell has been going on lately with all these celebs and their parents
ggumd 5th-Dec-2018 03:45 pm (UTC)
She shouldnt even have to clarify or apologize, she has said before she isnt close to her dad, that sooyoung’s parents had to negotiate her contract details (at the time parents negotiated their kids contracts) which makes it all the more obvious that her dad and her arent close, and she isn’t responsible for her dad’s dealings.

Yet i saw people using this incident to drag her, i am so irritated. When the flag incident happened she got ostracized from the industry whereas male idols who have done faar far worse get a free pass and ”oppar didnt mean it excuse” from fans. I hate that she had to air personal details so people would not blame her for something that she obviously isn’t responsible for.
lizanka23 5th-Dec-2018 04:36 pm (UTC)
i really hate how all these celebrities are forced to air personal details of their difficult or non-existent relationships with their parents. i'm sure it brings up old wounds and just reminds them that their parents are harming them even now. regular everyday people have the luxury of keeping these kinds of details private. question, is it possible for these celebrities to not address the allegations and let their parents handle it, or will they be seen as not filial and like bad people if they don't?
also i'm amazed by how strong tiffany is <3 it's basically like she lost both of her parents at a young age

Edited at 2018-12-05 04:37 pm (UTC)
sciencebottle 5th-Dec-2018 06:07 pm (UTC)
She shouldn't be answering to her father's mistakes. She does not owe him anything, and people better not make her feel like she is a horrible person. Not everyone is privileged enough to have a healthy family situation. This just makes me respect her even more, for being so strong at such a young age despite everything that's happened to her. I can't wait to show my support for at her showcase! <3
ggumd 5th-Dec-2018 06:27 pm (UTC)
oh you are going to her showcase?! I hope you have fun <3 and if its not too much trouble i hope you post a fan account here! (but im not sure if those are allowed here anymore lol)
premonitioner 6th-Dec-2018 01:54 am (UTC)
I didn't realise their relationship was that bad, it explains her taking her mother's name and dropping the Hwang for her American debut
shawarmafordays 6th-Dec-2018 09:02 am (UTC)
I didn't make the connection till you said it. It makes so much of sense for her to go by her mother's name.
kicking_tenshi 6th-Dec-2018 06:06 am (UTC)
She shouldn't have to apologise for a shitty father who also hurt her, likely more than the family he stole from. Seems pretty common sense. But haters gon hate. :/
shawarmafordays 6th-Dec-2018 09:07 am (UTC)
I feel so much for this situation bc this is literally my life at the moment with my parents. I'm basically helping them financially despite having a very strained and often difficult relationship with them due to cultural expectations. I'm not in a position to walk away at the moment because most of my savings have gone into helping them and keeping them afloat.

Tiffany shouldn't apologize for this, it's not her fault that her dad is a dick.

I admire Tiffany so much for working so hard and sticking to her dreams, it must have been so hard with everything's that happened to her life. Also, this makes so much of sense why she's always been in Korea during holidays and how close she is to SooTae and asking Sooyoung's parents to help with negotiations :((

My heart :( I really feel so bad for her cuz had to explain herself and take responsibility when its really not her fault or issue, it just opens up old wounds.

I just feel that most of these cases are so unfortunate because celebrity being named is forced to step up and air private issues due to the pressure on them :/

Edited at 2018-12-06 09:08 am (UTC)
welljustguess 6th-Dec-2018 09:28 am (UTC)
I always assumed that they're awkward together (because she said she went to Korea without her father's consent), but I didnt think that their relationship is this bad.
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