The D.Holic members opened up and got personal about their past trainee days during their interview with 'International Bnt.'
Japanese member Rena said, "I spent seven to eight years as a trainee under Avex (a top Japanese agency), making six hour roundtrips on the subway. In Korea, since I didn't know Korean, I couldn't even order food so I only ate gimbap for three to four months."
New member Hwajung also shared stories of her hardships, saying, "I spent around six years as a trainee. I actually spent time studying abroad in China but I wanted to be a singer so bad that I came to Korea alone to audition. My parents were in China and I came to Korea by myself, living alone for four years from my second year in middle school until my senior year in high school; I felt so lonely then."
Chinese member Hami said, "The reason I first came to Korea was to go to college. I auditioned through an acquaintance and that's how I achieved my dreams of being a singer. If I had to pinpoint a hard part [about living in Korea], it's that the systems in Korea and China are different. There is no 'hoobae-sunbae' system in China but in Korea, you have to set up the utensils [for the elders] before you start eating but I didn't know about that so people commented on [my mistakes] a lot."
Rena added, "There were many times we got to perform in Japan so I thought that I'd be able to have a nice meal with my family but we're so incredibly busy in Japan that even if my family came to visit me in the waiting room, we'd have to part in a quick minute after taking pictures."