Everyone knows Irene as Red Velvet’s pretty and talented leader. However, what many people don’t know is that her heart is just as beautiful as her face, and her compassion is just as endless as her performance skills. Take a look at 5 times Irene proved how perfect she is by showing the utmost care to everyone around her.
1. When she took care of her members
As the group’s leader, Irene is constantly taking care of Red Velvet—from giving them great advice to buying them thoughtful gifts.
But one of the most memorable times when she took care of her members was when she bought everyone dinner. One night, Irene and the rest of Red Velvet were dining at a restaurant with staff. However, the bill turned out to be higher than expected, leading everyone to discuss how to split the cost.
Meanwhile, when everyone else was distracted, Irene quietly paid the whole bill herself. Her generosity and kindness that day earned her the nickname “Best Woman Of This Generation” from Seulgi, Wendy, Joy, and Yeri.
2. When she took care of their families
And the Red Velvet members aren’t the only ones who benefit from Irene’s thoughtfulness. She even goes out of her way to take care of the members’ families. In the background of a behind the scenes clip from Red Velvet’s first concert tour, Red Room, Irene can be heard checking up on Yeri’s then 8-year-old sister Yeeun, asking “Did you eat?”
thinking of irene taking care of yeri's little sister on the background pic.twitter.com/2EjEWR3qma
— & (@yerseulrene) December 21, 2018
She even went out of her way to buy Yeri’s younger sisters a pretty doll while shooting Red Velvet’s reality show, Level Up Project, in Thailand.
Remember when Irene bought Yeri’s sisters dolls during lup1 in pattaya 🥺💗💜 at 0:22 pic.twitter.com/avjzIFx9y3
— chian I&S #Monster (@revelhyun) May 5, 2020
3. When she took care of NCT
If you think Red Velvet are the only group Irene cares for, think again. She’s also been praised time and time again for looking after her junior labelmates, NCT.
After recommending acupressure slippers to NCT’s Doyoung on a TV show, Irene decided to go one step further and gift him the slippers herself.
She also frequently buys the group food during their concerts and promotions. Recently, she bought expensive eel rice bowls for each of them, prompting Johnny to thank her on Instagram.
4. When she took care of her staff
You may think someone as famous as Irene would only care about her fellow idols, but she’s just as sweet towards her staff too. She’s always thinking about Red Velvet’s backup dancers, who work tirelessly to perform at the group’s concerts.
irene gave a staff a gift! 🥰🥰🥰
looking at the white flower… irene gave something from chanel ☺️ pic.twitter.com/1sXGcvRkbo
— 💙 (@ilyerene) January 9, 2019
Some of the gifts she’s given the dancers include luxury pajamas, expensive vitamins, and even handwritten letters to show just how much she cares.
Thank you ❤️❤️
[English translation] Dancer’s Instagram story
5. When she took care of fans
Being a fan of Red Velvet means being taken care of by Irene just like she does with those close to her. According to ReVeluvs, Irene and Maxwell House (a brand she was endorsing at the time) organized a churro food truck to feed fans who were waiting for Red Velvet’s “Peek-a-Boo” Inkigayo prerecording at 2:00 a.m.
Alongside the food support, each fan also received a can of Maxwell House’s Colombiana, an Irene mousepad, a pastry, and a hot pack to keep everyone warm.