TWICE’s Chaeyoung confirms leaked phone number; JYP Entertainment to take legal action

K-pop girl group TWICE member Son Chae Young (손채영), 20, who is mononymously known as Chaeyoung (채영), broke her silence about her leaked phone number. On January 26, 2020, she took to Instagram to condemn the violation of her privacy.

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아무 말 없이 물러 서주기를 바라며 때를 기다리기엔이젠 한계인 것 같습니다. ⠀ 아무 의미 없을수 도 있는 숫자 11개가 배려와 존중이 없는 한 사람을 통해 인터넷에 올라온 순간, 제 휴대폰은 온갖 전화와 문자로 도배되었고 제가 굳이 하지 않아도 될 수고를 겪고 있습니다. 이러한 문제들은 저 뿐만이 아니라 저희 소중한 멤버들, 저희 회사 다른 많은 아이돌 분들 까지도요. ⠀ 아무런 생각없이 그저 관심과 사랑이라고 포장하며 보내는 행동들과 연락들이 얼마나 많은 사람들에게 피로가 되고 불안이 되고 힘듬이 되어 가는지 조금이라도 생각 해보시길 부탁 드립니다. ⠀ 또한 그렇게 꽁꽁싸맨 포장들로 저희를 건강하고 올바르게 관심과 응원과 사랑을 보내주시는 팬분들 까지 욕되게 하진말아 주십시오. ⠀ 전 이러한 문제에 쉽게 흔들리는 사람이 아닙니다. 화를 억누르지 못해 글을 쓰는게 아닙니다. 따끔히 잘못 되었다는걸 정확히 알려주고 싶을 뿐입니다. 부끄러운 행동이라는 걸요. – 채영

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For Chaeyoung, she has reached her limit of silently waiting for people to step back and waiting for the right time. According to her, calls and text messages flooded her phone after 11 seemingly random numbers were posted on the internet by an individual, who she described as someone with no consideration or respect.

This, Chaeyoung said, caused her to go through things should not have to go through and these people who contact K-pop stars through their private numbers do not put much thought into what they do and try to call it an action of love. She asked such people to think even just for a moment about how their calls and actions make many people feel fatigued, nervous and worn out.

Such actions will give a bad name to the fans who send their interest, support and love to K-pop stars in the right, healthy way, Chaeyoung noted. She clarified that she is not a person who is easily shaken by such issues and she not writing her statement just because she could not hold back her anger.

What Chaeyoung wanted to do, she explained, is simply to make sure that she properly label such actions as wrong behavior that is something to be ashamed of. She said such problems happen not only to her but also to her beloved TWICE band mates and fellow K-pop idols in JYP Entertainment, which also released a statement though its official fans website about the leaked phone number of Chaeyong.

Illegally leaking, acquiring and spreading personal information in such a way, as well as contacting the person whose information was leaked, is a violation of the Personal Information Protection Act and may be subject to legal action, JYP Entertainment warned. The company announced that an immediate action will be taken by filing a complaint against the person who posted the information on social media on the basis of a violation of the Personal Information Protection Act.

According to JYP Entertainment, the illegal leaking and sharing of personal information is causing great suffering and discomfort to their artists. In order to stop this, the agency will continue to collect evidence of such cases and they will do everything they can to take action against the culprits.

JYP Entertainment formed TWICE with nine members through the Mnet reality show titled “Sixteen” in 2015. Chaeyoung’s bandmates are Park Ji Soo (박지수), 22,  Im Na Yeon (임나연), 24, Yoo Jeong Yeon (유정연), Hirai Momo (平井 もも), Minatozaki Sana (湊崎 紗夏), Myoui Mina (名井 南), Kim Da Hyun (김다현) and Chou Tzuyu (周子瑜) whose respective stage names are Jihyo (지효), Nayeon (나연), Jeongyeon (정연), Momo (모모), Sana (사나), Mina (미나), Dahyun (다현) and Tzuyu (쯔위).

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