Fans of PRISTIN (프리스틴) are unhappy with the group’s male manager.
Apparently, the manager in question is “unnecessarily touchy” with the girls. The controversy was sparked by a picture/gif of the manager wrapping a blanket around 16-year-old member Xi Yeon from behind. In other photos, he can also be seen standing too close to Yuha during a fan signing event.
Upon seeing the photos, many fans think that the manager’s actions look like a back hug. One netizen commented, “Do you really need to do that back hug even though there are female managers around?”
According to a post on Instiz, fans also claimed that the manager takes fan gifts for himself and speaks informally to fans. “He was hired to protect the members but he’s pretending he’s dating them instead. Kekeke,” wrote one netizen.
Meanwhile, PRISTIN’s label, Pledis Entertainment, said that they will address the controversy after checking with the members.
PRISTIN is Pledis’ newest girl group that is made up of 10 members – Roa, Yuha, Eunwoo, Rena, Yehana, Sungyeon, Xiyeon, Kyla, as well as former I.O.I members Nayoung and Kyulkyung (otherwise known as Pinky). The girls made their debut in March with “WEE WOO”.