Red Velvet’s Yeri was sad she couldn’t hold a birthday party with her fans like she usually does. So, she showed up at an event ReVeluvs set up in her honor instead—and she bought TWICE’s Nayeon along for the ride!
In South Korea, it’s common for K-Pop fans to set up “cupholder events” to celebrate their idols’ birthdays. At a cupholder event, fans decorate a local café with images of their idol and give away cupholders, photocards, stickers, posters, and other cute gifts. Usually, only fans show up to these cafés—but Yeri decided to make her Only For Yeri birthday event by showing up in person!
During her birthday Instagram Live stream, Yeri hinted that she wanted to visit a cupholder event. However, fans didn’t expect her to actually show up given the current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) threat.
Yeristagram Live Translation
*talking about her cupholder event*
— BaeBear🦥💙 (@RVKimBae) March 7, 2020
Despite the risk, Yeri braved it out in a protective mask and showed up at the cupholder event on its last day to surprise fans.
According to fans in attendance, she made everyone take photos with her and chatted away to all the ReVeluvs who missed her. Red Velvet’s schedules have been hindered by both the COVID-19 threat and Wendy’s injuries, so fans haven’t seen the members much over the last month.
Even though Yeri was at an event dedicated to her, she was still shocked by the lengths her fans went to to make it an extra special all-Yeri affair. One ReVeluv reported that Yeri was surprised to hear her song playing, and kept asking, “Are these all my fans?”.
예림이가 비지엠도 내 노래인거야?? 해서 사장님이 더 크게 틀어주시고 그다음에 다 내사진이네~~하고 처음에 와서는 계속 다 내 팬들인거에요??? 다 내 팬들이야?? 계속 물어봐서 어떤분이ㅠ 마자요 예리레베럽~~하셨음 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ pic.twitter.com/hjXhsExgzo
— 윤담 (@talk_YRRVL) March 8, 2020
During her appearance, fans noticed that she kept worrying about her friend who didn’t want to come inside. But it wasn’t just any “friend”—it was none other than her close unnie, TWICE’s Nayeon.
Nayeon decided to stay outside while Yeri talked to fans, but one ReVeluv spotted her cutely taking videos of Yeri the whole time.
What's cuter tho is that nayeon was taking videos of yeri when she went inside but there were also fans going in so she stayed behind them tiptoeing lol 🤧
— yoj 요지 🍌 (@conserBAEtive) March 8, 2020
Afterwards, the main organizer of the cupholder event uploaded a sweet letter to say thank you for Yeri’s warmth.
카페 좋아해주신 모든 분들 너무 너무 감사해요 💜
Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed my event 💜 pic.twitter.com/leAbOSuEtE
— 에린🎢 (@gomtaengie) March 8, 2020
Meanwhile, Yeri uploaded a snap from the café to Instagram.
And this wasn’t the first time Yeri has showed up at a fan event. She also surprised ReVeluvs at the cupholder café organized for Red Velvet’s fifth anniversary.
Yeri is an angel… she was in no way obligated to do anything but she went out of her way to go to the cafe event, make beautiful memories with Luvies and celebrate RV’s 5th anniversary together even just for a short while. Imagine not loving her with your whole heart. pic.twitter.com/ypjcJrf810
— right here waiting 💙 (@wanwansforehead) August 1, 2019