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
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)
kenziekinz09 5th-Dec-2018 10:19 pm (UTC)
This is me. She may get on my nerves sometimes but I can’t hate her. She took a huge risk and it paid off.
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