On social media: Former Sistar member a school bully?


FORMER SISTAR MEMBER A SCHOOL BULLY?: In the eyes of many South Korean netizens, Hyolyn (right), a former member of girl group Sistar, is no longer a class act. Their disdain for the 28-year-old comes after allegations that she was a bully in school, subjecting the victim to playground violence and extortion.

According to Korean media, the accuser said it was a miracle that she was still alive after what she endured for three years.

When the claims surfaced online, Hyolyn reportedly contacted her to ask if they could meet to settle their differences.

The accuser said the singer, despite being given a telephone number to call, backed out, with her agency threatening to sue her.

Her plight has drawn sympathy, with netizens slamming Hyolyn for insincerity, especially after the accuser had deleted her posts about the school incidents when the singer wanted to meet her.

But others wonder if the accuser is out for attention, with talk that the person was also a bully and that Hyolyn is no longer the same person she was in school.

Meanwhile, common sense seems to have prevailed, with Hyolyn's agency saying both parties have met and reconciled their grievances.

Hyolyn, showing she was not shaken up by the scandal, was in Singapore over the weekend to perform at HallyuPopFest 2019.

Certainly, she had not lost her appetite, telling media that she indulged in chilli crab.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2019, with the headline 'On social media'. Print Edition | Subscribe