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T-ara’s Areum Takes A Swipe At Hwayoung

by Chiqui Guyjoco / Feb 25, 2017 06:54 AM EST

T-ara's former member Areum went live on social media where she's believed to have taken a swipe at another former member of the girl group, Hwayoung. The 22-year-old music artist has been actively sharing her thoughts on social media since the bullying controversy resurfaced. She's even used the Instagram live feature to create her own radio program "Tell Me Your Story Radio." "She's a bad person, but I don't hate her," wrote Areum during Tuesday's upload.

Her statement was a response to a fan who used the platform to comment on how a particular person was "evil." Not a name was dropped but most of the followers quickly caught on and understood it as a reference to Hwayoung, according to Koreaboo. The 23-year-old rapper-actress used to be known as the bully victim during the height of T-ara's bullying scandal in 2012 and has brought the controversy back to the fold when she and her older twin sister Hyoyoung made an appearance on tvN's "Taxi" early this month.

The celebrity twins' appearance on the show triggered T-ara's former staff member to reveal how Hwayoung only played the part of a bully victim. The staff also leaked a screenshot of KKT messages where Hyoyoung verbally bullied the young Areum. The revelations were quickly supported by the girl group's former manager and even the group's management agency.

T-ara didn't delight in the renewed controversy especially as current member Jiyeon had to postpone her solo comeback in light of it. Areum, meanwhile, has taken to social media to talk about the painful experience and how she "kept it inside for a long time." She added that the ordeal has made her realize to "only think about myself, persevere, and learn" from it. On the contrary, Hwayoung didn't play demure but turned against her haters"To all of you malicious commenters who seem to want a muddy dogfight [to happen] in order to feel better, be careful," wrote Hwayoung on Instagram.

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