MANILA — K-pop superstar Sandara Park was moved to tears in the episode of her talk show that aired Tuesday, as her fellow 2NE1 member Minzy recalled how the former Kapamilya actress adapted to change after the girl group's disbandment.
Minzy was among the guests in "Video Star," which Sandara co-hosts, alongside other female K-pop performers, who discussed their respective careers and being public figures.
2NE1 — composed of Sandara, Minzy, Bom, and CL — is credited as among the trailblazers of K-pop's international popularity with successive hits throughout its 7-year run.
Prior to their disbandment in 2016, the group was on hiatus for nearly three years.
"I was having a hard time because of the hiatus," Minzy said, as translated by Soompi. "Personally, I was also depressed and very stressed because of that. Then after I left the group, people called me a 'traitor.'"
Minzy left 2NE1 as well as its agency, YG Entertainment, in April 2016, two years after it went on hiatus, and only months before the official disbandment.
"The rumors and false reports spread," Minzy said. "Honestly, that was the hardest thing for me to handle. I was 22 years old at the time. I think I just didn't look at the media online for quite a while, because it was too hard for me to deal with."
An emotional Minzy then recalled how Sandara adapted to change during 2NE1's hiatus, which she said was one of her sources of motivation, Soompi reported.
"When I watched Sandara, as a co-worker, I saw how many different things she does, how she takes on new challenges and grows. I think that gave me a lot of strength when we were going through a hiatus," Minzy said.
Sandara, who was a popular ABS-CBN actress prior to the 2009 debut of 2NE1, returned to acting during the group's break, with consecutive roles in Korean movies and series. During that time, she also became a judge in the ABS-CBN talent search "Pinoy Boyband Superstar."
Sandara was instantly in tears at Minzy's words, according to Soompi.
Sandara, like Minzy, has made no secret of her struggles during the "dark" years that followed 2NE1's disbandment.
"She was the mom in our group," Minzy said of Sandara, when the co-hosts mentioned that the latter was especially hands-on with Minzy's guest appearance. "She was always taking care of us and looking out for us."
A tearful Dara responded: "I'm not the type of person who shows affection, so it's only lately that I've expressed myself a lot. I do things like sending hearts in messages. When we were promoting, I feel like I wasn't able to take care of you, our youngest member, a lot. I felt very sorry. It must have been so hard for you at such a young age. I regret that."