“I Was Their Human Ashtray”: First-Generation Girl Group Member Confesses New Details About Abuse By Her Members

He is in the middle of recovery.

Cho Min Aha former member of a first-generation girl group jewelryrecently shared new details about bullying in his team’s activities.

Cho Min Ah | @cho_minah_/Instagram|

On July 17, Cho Min Ah posted a lengthy caption on her social media, revealing that she had been bullied by her members for three years and had to do things for them—like being their ashtray.

I was bullied within the group (Jewelry) for more than three years… They always smoked inside the van which was painful, and I had to hold on to my mental strength when they made me their human ashtray.

— Cho Min Ah

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Cho Min Ah admitted that she used to say that she hangs out with the Jewelry members because she believed everyone would think she was the problem if she admitted to being bullied. Hence, the singer remained silent even though he was not allowed to ride in the van with the members and had to ride with the dancers. Eventually, his contract ended, and he had no intention of renewing it.

Members Cho Min Ah, Seo In Young, Lee Ji Hyun, and Park Jung Ah (left to right) | Star Empire Entertainment

The singer also expressed her frustration about how perpetrators are oblivious to the pain they inflict on their victims.

People who hurt others are not interested or turn a blind eye to the victims who suffer from their actions… If they say they don’t remember or insist they didn’t do it, that’s it… For the victimized person, the sad feeling, shame, and suffering remain deeply rooted, causing years and even decades of suffering.

— Cho Min Ah

He then says that courage allows victims to heal themselves and return to a scar-free state.

When a person is isolated because of past wounds, their present life deteriorates, and they lose hope for the future. It takes courage to heal oneself and return to a state without scars, to live well without prejudice.

— Cho Min Ah

| @cho_minah_/Instagram

Cho Min Ah’s statement about bullying is related to what she shared two days ago. On July 15, the singer shared her experiences in overcoming panic disorder and anxiety, offering support to netizens with the same illness. Earlier this year, in February, Jewelry member Seo In Young got married, and the members of Jewelry gathered for the wedding—except for Cho Min Ah—which caused controversy. Cho Min Ah addressed this incident, saying it was another trauma that led to panic disorders.

Due to the shock of experiencing similar events from my early twenties this February and the anxiety caused by my living conditions, I developed symptoms of panic disorder.

— Cho Min Ah

Members of Seo In Young’s wedding jewelry | @eunjung1128/Instagram

In addition, he revealed that he has severe anxiety disorder, peripheral neuropathy, and systemic circulation disorder. He also revealed that after taking mental health medication every day, he moved out and began practicing at home, which improved his physical and mental health to the point where he could stop taking the medication. His recent medical examination showed significant improvement in his health condition.

| @cho_minah_/Instagram

Cho Min Ah shared her healing story and encouraged others not to cover up their pain and pretend it never happened instead of embracing the past because new flesh grows from old wounds.

A person’s attitude doesn’t really change, so if you’re not on the right path, don’t go down that path. Even in desperation, don’t give up and bring a positive attitude, and eventually, the negative things that made life difficult will pass. Don’t cover up the pain and pretend it didn’t happen. Don’t ignore your wounded self from the past, and embrace them instead. Within wounds, there is wisdom, and new flesh grows out of old wounds.

— Cho Min Ah

In her latest post, Cho Min Ah once again encouraged other victims of bullying.

Don’t hide because you’re alone, speak up when you’re hurt or struggling, and leave situations that bother you. There is no difficulty that cannot be overcome. It just takes time, but everything passes. I’m always rooting for you.

— Cho Min Ah

| @cho_minah_/Instagram

Jewelry debuted in 2001 and gained popularity with their hit songs “Superstar” and “One More Time.” Cho Min Ah joined Jewelry in 2002 and left the group in 2006. The group went through many member changes and eventually disbanded in 2015.

Source: Star News and @cho_minah_/Instagram

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