11:11 am - 08/02/2019

JYP Entertainment Shares Update On TWICE’s Mina + Explains Her Return To Korea

JYP Entertainment has shared an update on TWICE’s Mina.

It was announced in July that Mina is not participating in TWICE’s world tour due to health concerns. On August 1, she was spotted arriving in Korea with her mother.

When asked about her return, JYP Entertainment explained, “Mina’s return [to Korea] is not due to a special reason or scheduled activity. As revealed previously, she is currently resting due to health reasons, and it is difficult for her to participate in scheduled activities including the world tour.”

The source from the agency continued, “We are hoping for her speedy recovery. We will share updates if there are any changes regarding Mina’s schedule in the future.”

source: @soompi, soompi, naver

There are pictures on netizenbuzz of her crying and clinging to her mother's hand at the airport, she looked visibly unwell.
goshipgurl 2nd-Aug-2019 09:25 am (UTC)
It's weird that she's back in Korea with her mum when there's no special reason... I don't wanna jinx it but maybe they're talking about contract stuff?
gathyou 2nd-Aug-2019 09:33 am (UTC)
Usually an idol with a parent at the company means contract negociation... they could also have "just" been talking about suspending her contract while using materials she worked on or organizing payments. There must be so many things to talk about with an extended hiatus from a really active/successful group
But I also wouldn't blame her if she's trying to get out. Her health needs to be first
aures 2nd-Aug-2019 12:30 pm (UTC)

i hope it's "just" for resting time and for payment/hiatus purposes, but who knows
mina is my favorite member :(((( i don't want her to leave, but at this point, if shes that unwell and it's better for her, then i'm 100% willing to let her go and have a peaceful life where she can heal in her own time, she deserves it
gathyou 2nd-Aug-2019 09:28 am (UTC)
I really don't want to see these pictures, and I'm pissed that they were photographers in the aiport to begin with. Can't they let her rest and heal peacefully? Also pissed at websites like koreaboo using those pictures for the article; soompi did well here.
I hope she takes how many times she needs and isn't pressured to come back sooner :(
lightframes 2nd-Aug-2019 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when that "agency source" said "We are hoping for her speedy recovery" I hope that means they hope she gets better quickly for her own sake, and not so they can rush her back to work, but...
gathyou 2nd-Aug-2019 09:39 pm (UTC)
I've seen a lot of PR statement using this "speedy recovery" term so I hope it's just that, a PR statement, and that they're not rushing her... but it's the same company that overworked Twice so much to begin with :/
miwa201 2nd-Aug-2019 09:32 am (UTC)
i can't help but be a pessimist and think she's back so she can officially leave the group. i hope i'm wrong
carazhan 2nd-Aug-2019 07:53 pm (UTC)
for what its worth, even though i've been nervous about the possibility of mina leaving (jessica got me fucked up about ot9s), i really doubt it's the case here yet -- if only because the rest of the group has been mentioning her every chance they get. sure, potential media play and all that, but even something as little as sana's shout-out at mgma makes me hopeful that, at least at the moment, mina leaving the group isn't on the table.
lil_poisonfrog 2nd-Aug-2019 10:25 pm (UTC)
Same :(
timetobegin 2nd-Aug-2019 10:27 am (UTC)

The anti-Japanese sentiment over at netizenbuzz is expected but nevertheless disgusting. Mina is a sweetheart and I love her in the group, but her (mental) health and happiness should be prioritized at all times. Whatever happens should be in her best interest and I hope she recovers.
myungung 2nd-Aug-2019 12:36 pm (UTC)
I just want her to rest and recover. it's heartbreaking to see her struggle recently, and even the members are affected by it. please just let her lay low
dior_chic 2nd-Aug-2019 01:40 pm (UTC)

I just want the best for her. I’m mentally preparing if she announces leaving a Twice, but I’m sure I’ll still be really upset. I just want Mina to be happy and healthy, that matters much more than fame.
kcaomei 2nd-Aug-2019 02:35 pm (UTC)
whatever she does or decides, if it's what's the best for her then i will always support her<3 it makes me so sad to see those pictures and i wish they didn't exist. i really hope whatever happens that she is able to heal and take care peacefully... which doesn't seem like too much to ask for a person :(
a_suitcase 2nd-Aug-2019 02:37 pm (UTC)
I feel so awful for her. I hope she can rest and recover in peace. If the idol life and the insanely hectic life of being a Twice member is what's causing her illness, then I hope she will be able to leave.
kenziekinz09 2nd-Aug-2019 02:51 pm (UTC)
I think twice as a whole needs a long break. Last year was clearly hard on them, and they generally don’t have anything left to accomplish in Kpop. Let them rest, they’ve earned their spot in kpop history and their mostly male fan base will move on even if they are worked to the bone.
kimbafierce 2nd-Aug-2019 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'll stay optimistic and say she wanted to spend time in Korea but didn't want to come alone. Only yesterday the girls were talking about her comeback so I hope it'll happen one day. Either way her health comes first and whatever she chooses to do I hope it's for the better of her mental & physical well being.

What I want to know tho, is how did all those news agencies know she was coming back?
carazhan 2nd-Aug-2019 07:56 pm (UTC)
one of three ways reporters were able to get videos/pictures of her return to korea: option 1 - sheer luck/staking out the airport for another celebrity, option 2 - information leak from someone at jyp, option 3 - sasaeng got ahold of mina's flight information and sold it off. who knows which.
kimbafierce 3rd-Aug-2019 09:27 pm (UTC)
Doubt it was luck, seemed more like they were waiting for her specifically as they started taking photos & recording the second the doors were opened. I suppose most news agencies are official sasaengs of sorts, so maybe it's that.
kenziekinz09 2nd-Aug-2019 08:02 pm (UTC)
I feel like Korea has paps who literally just hang out at the airport all day. Pretty sure LAX has some
kimbafierce 3rd-Aug-2019 09:23 pm (UTC)
That would make sense
sra_interesante 4th-Aug-2019 05:48 pm (UTC)
idk i have been at korean airport while idols arrive and you can see both sasaengs fans next to oficial press waiting in the exit ... we saw fans with huge paparazi cameras and man in suit with press identification arriving almost at the same time, maybe they share the same information
ironmangina 2nd-Aug-2019 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'm choosing to be cautiously optimistic. I think her mom is with her simply because who would wanna travel completely alone in this situation? If it was contract negotiations I think her dad would've came as well.

Not to mention the girls have been mentioning her whenever they can and always saying that when they comeback it'll be as 9. I think if her contract status was up in the air, they would've been advised not to do that.
lizanka23 2nd-Aug-2019 10:03 pm (UTC)
if she's still resting why does she need to go back to korea? unless he thought she was ready to return but maybe still isn't, so she went with her mom for moral support? whatever it is I hope she can get the rest she needs and do what is best for her
ty 3rd-Aug-2019 11:07 am (UTC)
To me, she has looked like she is phoning it in during all recent performances. It has to be hard. I watched the Asian Boss video where Way gives some details about what it was like to be in Crayon Pop and it sounds BRUTAL
kimbafierce 3rd-Aug-2019 09:29 pm (UTC)
She had a knee injury for the whole duration of their last comeback and the tour.
ty 4th-Aug-2019 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, thank you. I did not know that.

I hope she is okay, watching that Crayon Pop member discuss what it is like was hard. It gives me so many mixed feelings about KPop, I get twisted inside a little
kimbafierce 4th-Aug-2019 01:11 pm (UTC)
I think being an idol in general is hard fucking work, and when you're among the super popular groups the amount of work is multiplied, add an injury to that, and it becomes unbearable.
sra_interesante 4th-Aug-2019 05:39 pm (UTC)
mmmhhh sounds a lot like when choa took a break from aoa and then left on vacation and then cameback again to korea while aoa was still promoting with her voice pre-recorded .... FNC even released a couple of statements saying she wasnt leaving, i wonder if jyp will beat around the horses like that too

Edited at 2019-08-04 06:02 pm (UTC)
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