The girls received severe criticism and hate from the public after the departure of Hwayoung from their group. To OSEN, T-ara admitted to their struggles due to the incident, saying, "After that incident, T-ara's image changed. Due to that, we had a hard time and our fans also went through a tough time. We endured the pain because it's our issue but it's not a duty that our fans must undertake. We are unimaginably thankful that they remained with love. We won't forget them til the day we die."
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Next, to a question asking if they'd be able to greet Hwayoung with a smile now, T-ara responded, "Hwayoung is doing well, and since a long time has passed, we think we can see her with a smile now."