Former contestant of Mnet’s survival programme, “Idol School”, Som Hyein (솜혜인) recently opened up regarding her sexuality.
Hyein, who left the show earlier due to health reasons, revealed that she is currently dating a girl. In her Instagram posts, she uploaded a photo of her in close proximity with her “partner” along with a caption “Chu chu My girlfriend”.
Another picture also caught netizens’ attention. It showed the both of then holding hands, and it was accompanied with the caption “My lovely girl” .
However, some Korean fans took it the hard way when the news surfaced. According to AllKpop, reports claimed Hyein was a former bully. Fans also left harsh and hurtful words towards Hyein’s decision to come out, name-calling her “dirty” and “promiscuous”.
As a response to the claims, Hyein warns the fans who left malicious comments that she will be taking legal actions if they continue to do so. In a lengthy Instagram story post, she also shared with her followers on why she decided to embrace her sexuality.
Her Instagram Story (text translated by Soompi) reads:
“If the posting of speculative written content and videos continue, I will be taking legal measures.
I am in a loving [relationship] and since it’s not wrong, I confidently did come out [as bisexual], but I didn’t do it so that I could stand out. What kind of person lightly makes the decision to come out like that?
People think differently and can hate same-sex relationships. Yes, you can hate it. Those are individual values and I’m not trying to force [anyone] to understand or like homosexuality. I am also not begging for [anyone] to like or notice me. I didn’t think that I would receive this much attention. I just didn’t want to hide the fact that I am dating and in love just like everyone else.
I don’t want my people to get hurt, and it’s my duty to protect them. I will also take legal measures to protect my people. Please stop.”
Despite all that, many are proud of Hyein for being brave enough to come out about her queerness. We wish the best for her relationship with her partner.