An interview with Billboard recently discussed Minzy’s struggles with depression and mental health. She openly talked about her feelings and struggles as an idol after making her debut with 2NE1.
She mentioned a comment by her former boss, Yang Hyun Suk, that once struck the group’s confidence. Apparently, he referred to them as “ugly” on various instances, which multiplied the hurt from the ruthless comments they were already getting online.
“People, netizens were critiquing the fact that, you know, we were not the prettiest group. We were the ‘ugly group.’ I didn’t know how to process that, I held that in. It was tough. [As a group], we pretended it was not a big deal and tried to forget about it, but you can’t forget about it — it’s tough. I was trying to keep up with the other girls in the group in terms of maturity, but when you’re up against these girl groups who look like models and you’re doing something different — cool, but different — you deal in a different way.”
She also commented about the way YG Entertainment managed her solo career, which ultimately became one of the reasons for her decision to leave.
“There wasn’t enough focus to finish my stuff.
They kept delaying it and then when it comes to basically everything else, you don’t know the details.”
Fans who have read the interview began to criticize Yang Hyun Suk for belittling 2NE1’s talent as “ugly”. They shared their dismay over the agency’s treatment towards the members and praised Minzy for the strength on sharing her struggles.
she didn't have any courage to open up back then…if you don't know what depression is please stfu Minzy has suffered all of bullshit YG have threw to her.Imagine didn't know how to socialize with people in teenage bcs of hard training.but ended up being called ugly👀 https://t.co/h5ka3jgMAx
— MINZY SLAY THAT FLOOR🔥#ALLOFYOUSAY (@song_lurunxxi) December 23, 2018
2ne1, individually, were all struggling secretly. I'm convinced that each of them were trying to hide their demons coz they don't want to hurt the people closest to them. I'm glad Minzy left. Mental health comes first. YG is an idiot who dont deserve any of them.
— silent_angel (@silenttears04) December 19, 2018
When I was watching 2ne1 TV, yes I always hear YG calling them ugly and I thought before ‘Maybe they’re used to it’ or ‘It’s a joke b/w them’ but turned out it has a different effect on Minzy. So fcked up yg, there’s no family anymore and it’s sad. https://t.co/jktmi2QpQp
— ynah 😘 (@ynahmodine) December 19, 2018
brave of yg to call minzy ugly when he looks like a fuckin walnut
— christmas yves (@onceshinee) December 23, 2018
can we all like file a case against yang hyunsuk because he keeps on fucking up the mental health of his artists (great examples are minzy and midam) because he deserves to rot in jail and no human being deserves to suffer from so much pressure
— liyah❄️ (@bulbaseungs) December 19, 2018
YG must think even that he disbanded 2NE1, the girls arent going to communicate with each other on sns. BUT CL, Sandara, Park Bom and Minzy prove it wrong, Yang Hyun Suk. Their bonding as 2NE1 is too strong! They even support each other, we stan queens 🤷🏻♀️
— Nurul 🍇 (@ohsinosijak) October 26, 2018
Minzy's Billboard article:
I'm tearing up. She was under a considerable amount of pain. Her boss and the society she lived in condemned her group for being born with faces that didn't fit the mold. This is why I get so angry when people come after Gfriend's looks. pic.twitter.com/P1Ugh65ILM
— Tomorrow Knight (@Popcalypses) December 19, 2018
Read the Billboard interview: https://t.co/ExV9XOyd7t
— Global Minzy (Φως) (@GlobalMinzy) December 19, 2018