Reporter Jeon Jeon Joo of Money Today | 2023.05.22 19:13
A Japanese K-pop girl group singer revealed that she was abused by her former agency.
In an interview with Japan’s Asahi Shimbun published on the 22nd, singer Miya from the group ‘GWSN’ revealed, “I had a phone call with another member of GWSN a while ago, and we talked about ‘we were in prison’. “
Miya said, “We started practicing right after we got back from school, and it was completely dark outside when everyone got it done. Actually, this is nothing special.” Every time we went to practice, we weighed in front of the manager. I had to report on my diet, saying, “I felt like I was going crazy.”
He continued, “The company I worked for was particularly strict. There was no free time, no money, and my mobile phone was confiscated. I could barely talk to my family on the manager’s phone.”
Miya also said that the members were able to get close to each other thanks to the agency’s supervision and abuse. He said, “When we were shooting music videos, we had food for the staff, so we would steal tteokbokki and chicken and hide them. Those things strengthened the unity between us. I mean, it’s a kind of unity developed through imprisonment and abuse.” remember
GWSN is a 7-member international group that debuted in September 2018. In 2019, a year after its debut, it moved to The Wave Music as its agency Kiwi Media Group went through a rehabilitation process, but once again stopped activities due to management difficulties in the agency.
In February last year, all the members were kicked out of the dorm because the agency did not pay the rent, and in July of that year, many workers and managers left the agency as well. In particular, it is known that the agency neglected the visa work of Taiwanese national Miya and Soso, and both paid fines and even had criminal records.
Regarding this, Miya said, “It was a very difficult time. I tried to prepare something so that I could be active again at any time, but I spent a lot of time in the dorm and eventually everyone went home.”
“It is true that in the end I stayed illegally, but I do not know what is happening inside the company. I am angry, but I do not want to criticize them too much because it is linked to business.”
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