IU is one example of a wonderfully well-rounded K-Pop celebrity who recognizes talents and tries to show her support to them all the way.
In fact, in concert last November 2019, she invited none other than girl-group MAMAMOO to perform!
It seems like the concert hall isn’t the first time that these powerful queens met.
iu used to use the practice room mamamoo used as trainees, so they ran into each other a few times. producers talked about how good they were right around their debut, so she anticipated them. they talked occasionally when they ran each other after that, too. (…)
— ㅈㄱㅇ (@ch0sshi) November 9, 2019
They even had a group picture back when MAMAMOO debuted in 2014, so this means that they’ve known each other for quite a while now.
The group came on stage and thanked IU for inviting them to perform as guests in her concert.
They sang “Starry Night” and “gogobebe” during the duration of their time as performing guests.
In a typical MAMAMOO fashion, the girls also had time to show their funny personalities by fan-girling over IU on stage.
Mamamoo on IU’s concert..
(during a break)
🐰: *hesitates* we probably shouldn’t drink (from those water bottles) right?
🦁: oh-. it’s water that IU sunbaenim drank
🐰: let’s drink it then
(yong and wheein steps closer)
(hyejin runs away drinking it)
— 휜드~🦋 (@moo_chip) November 10, 2019
Aside from inviting them as guests, IU also made sure to give them a comfortable welcome.
MAMAMOO was so touched by IU’s gesture that Solar even shared the experience in one of her lives:
Mamamoo Solar: As soon as we entered into the waiting room, IU sunbaenim gave each one of one us expensive gifts, I was so surprised, even letters. I had also prepared a gift & a handwritten letter- compared to her gift, mine’s so small- I remember that day being touching https://t.co/kvrQxZDsZc
— t 🌸 (@jieunlui) December 16, 2019
Naturally, fans are delighted by how nice and kind-hearted IU is.
iu is not only talented but a rich and considerate queen
— 🎨 (@131label_) December 16, 2019
IU gave Mamamoo presents as way of thanking them for guesting at her Incheon Concert on 9th Nov 2019.
IU had given presents to her other concert guests before, eg Twice.
— IUmushimushi (@IUmushimushi) December 16, 2019
It seemed like the members, especially Solar, touched IU’s heart by showing her a considerate gesture as well.
Aside from the letters, Solar also prepared custom sneakers as a gift to IU and she made sure to let her fans know just how much she appreciates this.
iu’s ig story
fan: mamamoo solar-nim said she was very touched during the incheon concert (that mamamoo performed at on 191109)
iu: I was touched too
GA-nim (GA = so la = solar) gifted me custom sneakers 🧚♀️ pic.twitter.com/bqmwt4vH2r
— rach (@byulsexual) December 21, 2019
Stories of women supporting other women will always be wonderful — and the world certainly needs more of these interactions between K-Pop idols in the years to come.