It all started with a netizen's post in the summer. The netizen claimed s/he met Jung Joong Ji at a church in Gwangju and the trainee talked bad about fellow contestant Yoon Ji Sung, saying Yoon Ji Sung is a bully who frequently discouraged him.
However, Yoon Ji Sung wasn't the one who received criticism for allegedly being a bully. The hate actually went towards Jung Joong Ji. Netizens pointed out how Jung Joong Ji was being "fake" by posting a selca taken with Yoon Ji Sung while talking bad about him behind his back.
A few months later after Wanna One's debut and Yoon Ji Sung's rise in popularity, the issue came to attention again. Many fans demanded feedback from Jung Joong Ji and asked him to explain the situation himself.
The trainee in fact did. On November 2, Jung Joong Ji posted a lengthy message on Instagram, explaining the "truth" behind the issue. He stated,
"You asked for feedback. I wasn't going to but here it is. There was a time we ate together for the first time during 'Produce 101 season 2'. There, Yoon Ji Sung hyung suddenly called me over and said, 'You have a lot of followers on Facebook. You should make money with that. Why the hell are you here?' So I replied, 'I'm sorry, hyung.' After that, he kept bothering me about 10 times so I told him that he's really making it hard for me and to stop bullying me. He smiled and said 'okay', and then told me three trainees in his agency had left because of him. Then on the day when we had the level test, I only slept for an hour due to ongoing practice and messed up almost entirely during the actual test so I was sitting down with a frown on my face, and he came over and teasingly said, 'You just did your worth.' I was so startled and in disbelief (at his rudeness) so I talked back to him. But after some time, we made up and that's why I uploaded the photo (selca)".
"Some are asking why I talked about Yoon Ji Sung hyung at the church when I wasn't even asked about him but the thing is I just answered what they asked me. I wasn't talking behind his back. I was just answering their questions. I told them what happened because they asked me. I also told them we made up after time".
"But it's unbelievable how there are people telling me to stop lying. Why would I make up such stories? Do you think I'll be making this up because I want to get sued? At the time, I even told the producer and we made up later on. And that happened with me offering bread to him, because he said he was hungry. We were all very hungry at the time, and I offered mine to him, and he said, 'You eat it first. Did you mix something in it?' so I said 'no', took a bite first, and then gave it to him".
"No matter what anyone says, I am not lying. No matter who believes me or not, I just wrote the truth with a hand over my heart. No matter who criticizes me or not, I'm not afraid because I wrote this truthfully. A lot of words will be circulating due to this but people keep telling me to stop lying and that's making me feel suicidal so I'm leaving this long message".
"Also, stop sending me direct messages. I'm a human, too. Stop tormenting me."
Netizens are having mixed reactions and in a heated debate about the truth between Jung Joong Ji and Yoon Ji Sung's relationship.
What are your thoughts on Jung Joon Ji's story?
피드백 해달라고 하셔서 안하려고 하다가 합니다. 처음 프로듀스101시즌2를 나가서 밥 먹는 자리가 있었는데 그때 갑자기 윤지성 형이 저한테 너는 페북 팔로워도 많은데 그걸로 돈이나 벌지 왜 나오고 지랄이야 라고 해서 제가 형 죄송해요 라고 했었습니다. 그 후에도 한 열번정도 괴롭혀서 제가 진짜 너무 힘들다고 형 그만 나 괴롭히라고 하니까 웃으면서 알겠다고 그러면서 자기때문에 자기 소속사 연습생도 3명 나갔다고 했었습니다. 그후 레벨 테스트가 있던 날, 제가 잠 한시간 자고 계속 연습해서 막상 테스트 때 거의 다 틀려서 눈물 날 거 같이 울상으로 앉아있는데 저한테 와서 갑자기 괜찮아 니 딱 한만큼 나왔네 하고 비아냥 거리면서 갔었습니다. 그래서 그때 저도 너무 당황하고 어이없어서 형한테 따졌고, 그 후 시간 지나서 나중에 화해했습니다. 그래서 사진도 올렸었고요. 그런데 다른 분들이 교회에서 물어보지도 않은 윤지성 형 이야기를 왜 하냐고 하는데, 물어봐서 전 대답을 했었고, 저는 뒷담화가 아니라 질문에 대답한겁니다. 이야기해달래서 있었던 일 이야기 한거에요. 그래서 나중에 화해했다 했고요. 저는 그런데 사람들이 저보고 거짓말하지 말라는데 어이가 없더라고요. 그런 말을 왜 지어냅니까 제가 무슨 고소당하고 싶어서 지어내겠습니까. 그래서 그때 작가님께도 말했었고 나중에 화해한겁니다. 그것도 제가 먼저 가서 빵주면서 먹으라고 했었어요 형이 배고프데서. 그때 다 배고플 때였는데 제가 가서 주니까 형이 니가 먼저 먹어보라고 뭐 탄거 아니냐고 해서 아니라고 제가 먼저 먹어보고 그러고 줬었습니다. 저는 누가 뭐라하든 거짓말하지 않고, 누가 안믿든 믿든 저는 가슴에 손을 얹고 진실되게 적었습니다. 누가 저한테 욕하든 말든 전 거짓 없이 적었으니 두렵지 않습니다. 진실은 언젠가 밝혀지니까요. 이 일로 많은 말이 돌겠지만 계속 저보고 거짓말하지 말라니까 제가 이러다 자살할거 같아서 글 어렵게 적어서 올립니다. 그리고 더이상 다이렉트 보내지마세요. 저도 사람입니다. 그만 저를 괴롭히세요.