B1A4‘s Baro has been receiving heavy criticism due to comments stated on an online broadcast.
On a recent Pikicast episode of Fan Attack Idol TV, Baro made some comments that angered B1A4 fans watching the online broadcast.
“We should have named our fan club Cash.” — Baro
Many of the BANA watching felt disrespected, even claiming that Baro didn’t see them as fans, but as a way to make money.
“Aren’t you considering us too much as a source of income?”
Due to the heavy backlash, Baro apologized through a personal letter uploaded to the official fan cafe.
“I am really sorry to the fans who placed their trust in me, and made an effort to cover up the pain because of their love for me. If I could turn back time, I would.” — Baro
Baro also took the opportunity to set the record straight on “lovestagram” (secret love message through Instagram) rumors with talent Han Sae Yeon. Fans have been speculating that Baro was dating the former ulzzang after the two met filming MBC drama Angry Mom in 2015.
In a separate letter uploaded to the fan cafe, Baro denied all dating allegations, and clarified that the two are just friends.
“I knew that rumors were spreading through Twitter since I filmed the drama, Angry Mom. I am friendly with all of the fellow actors that filmed the drama, and we are only colleagues. We are not dating like how fans have misunderstood. I did not bring this issue up before because I knew the truth.” — Baro
Read the two letters in full below:
“Hello, this is B1A4’s Baro.
“First, I would like to sincerely apologize for hurting the fans who support and care for me. I don’t know how to express my thoughts in words. I’m scared and fearful even now because I need to tell my side of the story through this letter, but I’m worried that my fans will get hurt more because of me. However, after seeing my fans’ messages one by one, I will try to gather the courage to share my thoughts.
“Seven years have already passed since debuting with B1A4. Time has really flown by, and B1A4 has become part of my everyday life. BANA is like air to me, always with me, and I became used to all of the love I received. I thought I shared my daily life and expressed my thoughts in a cool way, and I acted inconsiderately to the many people who love me. I think I hurt my fans who love me due to my foolishness and my shortcomings.I am really sorry to the fans who placed their trust in me, and made an effort to cover up the pain because of their love for me. If I could turn back time, I would.
“However, I will reflect on who I am today, and I will become a person who can always return the love that fans give me. This letter will not heal the feelings I hurt, but I will repay you through my harder efforts. Also, I am deeply sorry for posting this letter so late, and I will become a person whose actions speak louder than words, and someone who gives love instead of pain. I will remember this gratitude and keep them in my heart. Thank you.”
“Hello, this is B1A4’s Baro.
I would like to thank the many fans who have shared their concerns and their anger through social media.
I knew that rumors were spreading through Twitter since I filmed the drama, Angry Mom. I am friendly with all of the fellow actors that filmed the drama, and we are only colleagues. We are not dating like how fans have misunderstood. I did not bring this issue up before because I knew the truth.
However, untrue rumors and maliciously edited photos to look as though they were real were spreading rapidly, and fans that loved me started believing the situation. My heart hurt, and I felt that I had to share my thoughts to accurately explain the situation to fans.
Again, the person in question is only a colleague and I definitely! did not! have a ‘lovestagram’ with her. I can say that confidently, and I can swear on my name that I did not do anything shameful.
I broke the hearts of many fans through this situation, and my heart hurt so much after seeing fans’ words. But It showed me how much love I have received and how much you care about me. I will try hard at everything, and I will strive to better myself. I apologize once again for making my fans worry, and I love you.
Finally, I’m even more sorry that the reason I am writing for the first time in a while is due to this issue.
I will do better in the future BANA!!”