Han Seo Hee (한서희) has been known among the public as a former trainee of YG Entertainment. But did you know that she also used to train under several other companies in the past?
In particular, the truth regarding Han’s “trainee journey” was brought to light when she attended the trial of her former boss, YG Entertainment’s Yang Hyun Suk. According to KpopStarz, the latter has been indicted on charges of violating the Act on Aggravated Punishment of Specific Crimes (revenge threat).
During the trial, it was revealed that Han signed a trainee contract under YG for about a month. According to Han, she used to be an active trainee from 2013 to 2016, signing under different agencies. She stated that she was selected to become a trainee under Pledis Entertainment (home to SEVENTEEN and NU’EST) in 2013. However, following an investigation, it was difficult to find proof that she did actually sign a contract with the agency.
It was later reported that Han was recruited by FNC Entertainment – home to girl groups namely AOA and Cherry Bullet. That said, it was then revealed that she didn’t sign the agreement due to some “unqualified reasons”. Regarding the claims that she used to train under YG, the company explained (via a statement released back in 2019) that she didn’t sign a contract with the company. They also emphasised that Han never trained with them.
Amidst the rumour that she had faked her trainee life, it was revealed that she signed a contract to become a trainee under Jellyfish Entertainment in June 2015. During the trial, Han said that she was slated to debut with Gugudan. However, she left the company a month after that, after her contract was terminated by the company.
“When she was a trainee, she didn’t attend the practice without permission. She also had a plastic surgery without consulting the company, so we terminated her contract,” the agency told the court. In response, Han admitted that she missed the practice without permission, but denied that she underwent cosmetics surgery.
She said, “It’s true that I did not attend (practices) without permission. But I didn’t have plastic surgery. I was a trainee and had a slump, so I decided to stay at home. They (Jellyfish) attempted to appease me and asked me to come back, but I didn’t want to go back (to the dorm). I used to live with the debut group (Gugudan). But at the same time, I had a house where I lived alone.”
In regards to the allegation of her taking illegal drugs while being a trainee, Han explained, “I had a dream. It’s the difference between what I want to do and what I can do. I gave up my dream of becoming a singer in March 2017. I don’t want to commit secondary harm.”
Han has been notorious for her involvement in numerous scandals, particularly with male K-pop idols. Among the names include BIGBANG’s T.O.P, former iKON’s B.I, and former MONSTA X’s Wonho. For those who are interested, you can read the full list here.
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