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Chanmi relays how empty she felt during AOA promotions

By jubilantj   Thursday, May 26, 2016   49,737   2,388   45
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Chanmi once again talked about how she had run away from AOA in the past on the May 26 episode of 'Happy Together.'  


Though she has talked about her escapade many times before, the idol got more personal this time around, explaining how scared and alone she felt. 


Chanmi said, "We placed first but I still felt empty. I felt like I achieved something but wondered if this was right for me, and I felt devoid of anything. I thought I'd feel more fulfilled if we placed first but there was nothing like that so I thought, 'This is not the path for me.'" 


SEE ALSO: AOA's Chanmi to make a cameo appearance on 'The Weird Father'


The idol continued, "I ran away thinking that I must return home. I was so shocked when the manager and Jimin came looking for me that I ran off. But the outside world was scary, too. I went to stay at a sauna and headed to the Han River to cry. I soon ran out of money and had to figure this out so I went back on my own after seven days. I saw the other members on TV during my disappearance and I noticed that their faces were swollen from crying." 

It must have been hard on Chanmi to figure out if idol-dom was really the life for her. We can only hope that she is more sure about her path now. 





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    hiroonakamura Friday, May 27, 2016

    i'm sorry, but it is hard to take her story seriously when she reveals that she ran away from home....to live in a frikking SAUNA! haha wtf?

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    L_catzzz hiroonakamura Saturday, May 28, 2016

    Sauna is warm~

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    chaelicen hiroonakamura Saturday, May 28, 2016

    in korea, it is common for homeless people as well as students to stay at a sauna because it's cheap and comfortable. most teenagers who run away in korea stay at saunas ;; it's not uncommon.

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    hiroonakamura chaelicen Saturday, May 28, 2016

    can you like rent a room there for 24 hours or something?

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    chaelicen hiroonakamura Monday, May 30, 2016

    sorry for the late reply ;; but it depends on the sauna, but most saunas in seoul have little rooms that guests can rest in. you don't have to rent it out. but the sauna itself is open for 24 hours so people often sleep in those little rooms.

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    hiroonakamura chaelicen Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    oh i see! and they just let people sleep there despite knowing that these people have no money to actually for their stay? nice of them!

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    chaelicen hiroonakamura Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    well, it's a common hangout place for young people and you pay for 24 hours so... i have slept in a sauna in seoul with my friends and our moms and we definitely weren't the only ones :)

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    hiroonakamura chaelicen Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    ah i see! never knew that the sauna's had sleepign rooms too

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    fairypanda Friday, May 27, 2016

    she said she ran out of money, meaning that her salary isn't that big, I know that she's not as popular as other member, but I'm sure she will find her own success, as an idol or in other field

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    Miriyam Friday, May 27, 2016

    She was young back then, it was normal for a teenager. She undergo a process to be mature.

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    clarissaxd Thursday, May 26, 2016

    depression? maybe she needs to find something else where she will feel fulfilled

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    kkrazy Thursday, May 26, 2016

    If she felt empty, imagine how Youkyung feels.

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    Soulbrother kkrazy Thursday, May 26, 2016

    I doubt we'll ever see her again in AOA :(

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    kkrazy Soulbrother Thursday, May 26, 2016

    :( :( :( I hope that is not true.

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    Soulbrother kkrazy Thursday, May 26, 2016

    AOA black was one of the most unique things about AOA and kpop

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    fairypanda kkrazy Friday, May 27, 2016

    she's getting prettier now... AOA has paid all their debt but I doubt youkyung counted

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    hiroonakamura Soulbrother Friday, May 27, 2016

    but yookyung chose herself not to join aoa because she only wantds to do the live band thing.

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    NalsaYbur kkrazy Friday, May 27, 2016

    Ppl need to quit about that... youkyung personally informed tge ceo that she wouldnt participate in aoa white (usually known as just aoa) her dream wasnt to be an idol its more like her side job. If yall care so much about her check out her insta! Shes perfectly fine

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    kkrazy Friday, May 27, 2016

    You know, I'm tired of hearing that. Yes, everyone, especially us Elvis, know that Youkyung did not want to be part of the dance group. We all know that - we all know that before AOA BLACK ever came out. We all know that story. HOWEVER, I am willing to bet that Youkyung was never told that they would stop promoting as a band after MOYA. I am sure they did not tell Youkyung that they would not promote as a band for over 2 years. So please, stop using the excuse of what Youkyoung wanted to do back in 2012 and stop trying to defend FNC from straying from their "band-only" ways before AOA.

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    NalsaYbur kkrazy Saturday, May 28, 2016

    Kay u have no proof but whatever. Im an elvis too but if they stopped promoting seolhyun so much they could do aoa black

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    sototallyrandom Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Tbh if they're not feeling well, I think it's better to end the promotions earlier :c AOA fighting~

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    delta_yu Thursday, May 26, 2016

    love it when idols keep it real, their lives aren't all butterflies and sunshine

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    cinthy_gr Thursday, May 26, 2016

    that's sad! Hope she is okay now

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    aysh95 Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Does someone know of there's a video of a performance during the time she ran away ?

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    RimmieMeli aysh95 Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Looking for it too

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    nami_chan Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Aw chanmi fighting.

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