(G)I-DLE's Soyeon has come forward with an apology statement.
Earlier on March 1, netizens took to online communities to share screenshots of Soyeon's laptop screen found in Cube Entertainment's recent video. Spotted with many illegally downloaded files on desktop, Soyeon was asked by (G)I-DLE's fans to provide an explanation.
A few hours afterwards, Soyeon posted this letter on (G)I-DLE's official fancafe:
"Hello, this is Soyeon.
First of all, I would like to sincerely apologize for causing any worry due to such disgraceful news. I felt the need to explain this on our fancafe.
Firstly, I am currently self-reflecting on the fact that I did indeed own and use illegally downloaded programs. I remember using many different programs back when I first started learning how to compose music.
For reasons that I neither deleted nor organized these files in the past, and for not even having consciously thought about it, I sincerely reflect back on it with remorse.
Ever since I began in earnest to produce music, up to the recent songs that I have made, I have only used official programs, but I apologize once again for worrying you with an ignorance of copyright issues as a creator, no matter what the circumstances.
From now on, I will study and act more carefully, never to use or own any kind of illegal file in the future."
After the surface of this statement, netizens divided over whether Soyeon has truthfully stated that the recent songs have been created through those programs or not. However, general climate among netizens appear to lean towards acceptance, with many comments noting: "What a relief", "It's a fair statement", "It's good that at least she provided a feedback."
What are your thoughts?