Chae Eun-jung, a singer from girl group Cleo, confessed her family history.
On Jun 21st, a video titled “Recent situation of a female singer from Cleo who suddenly retired and left for Hong Kong” was uploaded on the YouTube channel “Recent Olympics.”
In the released video, Chae Eun-jung, member of the 1st-generation idol group Cleo, mentioned why she suddenly retired. “I didn’t have a stage to show my songs,” she said. “At that time, the industry was flooded with popular solo female singers such as Ivy, Lee Hyo-ri, Seo In-young, and Chae-yeon. Everyone didn’t want me,” she recalled in regret.
She said, “I thought, ‘I have tried this much, and it still doesn’t work out…’ So one day, I put everything down and left Korea. I just went abroad blindly. Since then, I’ve spent eight years abroad and done all sorts of different jobs,” she said.
She also confessed to her unhappy family history. “I’ve never talk about this properly, but I actually have a grudge against my family,” she said. “My mother passed away when I was 10, and my father remarried three times. I went through my teenage years as my stepmother kept changing. It was like, I went home one day, and my mom was changed,” she confessed.
As for her recent situation, she announced that she has released a new song called “Whi Hu Hu Hu.” “It’s been 13 years since I last released a song. It’s a song that my generation can relate to. Rather than focusing on getting on the charts and going on TV, I want to set an example that people who used to be active in the past can work hard again too.”
Chae made her debut as a member of girl group Cleo in 1999. After that, she continued her solo career under the stage name “Angel,” but suddenly retired and has been working as an office worker at a general company.