On February 10th, KARA’s Park Gyuri attended the press conference for “Alpha and Omega“, and addressed the inevitable questions about her group’s controversy.
She began by stating, “No matter how difficult it became, I felt that I could withstand anything as long as I believed in myself and people continued to love and believe in me. I’m really apologetic towards the people who worried so much, and I’ll be repaying that by working harder to show an improved image.”
Gyuri continued, “I’m planning to promote extra hard as all five, and because our fans believe in us so much, I promise to not disappoint you. For now, I’m just so very sorry to the people who worried. So, so very sorry, and repaying that is my priority. We promise to become a KARA that works hard.”
Gyuri was asked when KARA would officially return to their Korean activities, to which she replied, “If the fans want it, we will return whenever.”
She also addressed the rumors of discord when a reporter brought it up. “Honestly, there are no problems between us members, so we do not pay attention to the discord rumors. All of us have good relationships.”
Moving on to her actual dubbing role for “Alpha and Omega,” Gyuri revealed, “I was once a child actress, so I acted first before I became a singer. I’ve always wanted to try acting if the opportunity should arise. Whether it’s a drama, or just dubbing, acting itself is so charming to me. Even as a singer, I go on stage thinking that I will be acting.”
“Alpha and Omega” will be released on February 24th.
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Different translation from Soompi:
KARA’s Gyuri opened up for the first time today about her group’s recent controversy at the press conference for the movie premier of “Alpha and Omega.”
Making her first official media appearance since Jan. 19th—when three of the group’s members abruptly called for a contract termination with their management agency, DSP Media—Gyuri repeatedly apologized to the fans while carefully responding to many sensitive questions.
“I’m very sorry to all the fans who were worried for us and I’ll do my best to return the favor with good shows. We’re planning to resume activities with all five members. We promise to do our best and not disappoint the fans who showed so much faith in us,” Gyuri said. She continued, “There are many obstacles in life but I believe they can be overcome with strong faith and support from all the people that love us.”
Asked when the group will resume activities in Korea, she said, “As long as the fans want us back, we can return anytime. But more than anything, we’d like to apologize to all the people who worried so much about us. We’ll do our best to become a KARA that always works hard.” She also said she will resume her radio show with Super Junior’s Shin Dong as soon as possible.
Later Gyuri was asked about the rumored discord among KARA members and her being sort of the odd man out of the group. “Honestly, our members don’t have any problems with each other, so I don’t pay much attention to the discord rumors. All the members really get along well,” said Gyuri, declining to go further on that issue. When KARA first demanded a contract termination with DSP Media, Gyuri was the only member not to join the dispute. Also, Japanese media showed Gyuri sitting alone a couple rows ahead of the rest of the group in their flight to Japan; the group later said that just happend by chance. But whatever the case is, it’s great to see the girls back in action!
Different translation from Asian Bite:
"We face many difficulties in life but I'll be able to overcome whatever hardship as long as I have a strong conviction and the people who love me by my side," Park explained.
She then added, "I want to apologize to those of you who were worried and affected by this ordeal. We will work harder to become a better group."
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Japanese news stalking Gyuri returning to Korea at the airport 110210:
Japanese news stalking Gyuri going to Japan at the airport 110211:
Shindong talks about Gyuri's dubbing ability:
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