LE SSERAFIM recently made their debut with their first mini-album Fearless, and also held a showcase for their debut, where they performed their songs “Fearless” and “Blue Flame” for the first time.
During their showcase, the members talked about making their debut together, their goals as a group, and more!
While answering questions from reporters, member Garam was asked about her recent pre-debut controversy. Previously, when Source Music introduced Garam as a member, she was embroiled in a bullying controversy during her middle school days. Her agency released a statement shortly, denying the accusations, and promised strict legal action if the rumors persist.
Chaewon first answered the question, saying that as their agency is still dealing with the issue, they’re unable to answer questions about the allegations right now.
We are still discussing and handling this issue with our company, so we are very cautious about talking about it right now. I think we will soon have another chance to talk about this.
Garam also said that she cannot comment on it right now, but hopes to show a better version of herself to the public soon.
It is difficult for me to speak about it at the moment. I will strive to show my best side as part of LE SSERAFIM.
Netizens expressed their discomfort at reporters asking Garam to comment on the issue, calling it “unprofessional,” and also commended Chaewon for standing up as a leader.
Somebody from the K-media asked Garam about the controversy.
Chaewon responded, "Can I speak to you first as a leader?" "The company is responding to this issue in accordance with the procedures. So, it may not be appropriate to speak directly (on the issue of bullying) here" pic.twitter.com/SSakuKAzc5
— joe | LE SSERAFIM (@elsserafim) May 2, 2022
"We are currently discussing and responding to the rumors of school bullying surrounding Garam with our company, so I don’t think it’s appropriate to take about the issue. There will be an opportunity where we’ll be able to talk about this."
— 220502, Kim Chaewon#LE_SSERAFIM pic.twitter.com/bCpLWLDNCm
— LE SSERAFIM QUOTES | tam (≧◡≦) (@lesseraquotes) May 2, 2022
you know it's pretty serious when chaewon grabbed the mic instead of garam when asked about the b issue. that reporter messed even more with unprofessionalism.
— zoe (@ELEGANTKZH) May 2, 2022
Check out their debut song “Fearless” here: