Former BESTie member Uji claimed she didn’t make any money during her tenure as a K-pop idol.
In a recent interview with the YouTube channel Recent Olympics (“근황 올림픽” in Korean), the South Korean singer spoke about her five-year career with BESTie and her experience in the cut-throat K-pop industry.
BESTie was active as a band from 2013 to 2016 and managed to release a number of minor hits, including their 2014 singles “Thank U Very Much” and “Hot Baby”. However, the group never reached the heights of their contemporary counterparts like Girls’ Day, SISTAR or EXID (of which Uji had been a part in his early days) and finally split quietly in 2017.
In the interview, Uji said she was initially hit hard by the breakup of the group, admitting that she “often questioned” her self-esteem. However, Uji also noted that there were “a lot” of issues with YNB Entertainment, then the group’s company.
“I can’t go into too many details, but there were a lot of internal issues in our business. My self-esteem was very low back then, ”Uji said. “I have often asked myself questions, saying to myself ‘Am I not a person worthy of love?’ I thought about it a lot. “
Uji then added that she didn’t make any money during her tenure as a K-pop idol, saying only “hugely successful” K-pop acts do. “In my entire career in a girl group, I didn’t even get 10 (around US $ 0.01). With girl groups, unless you are extremely successful, it’s hard to earn an income, ”she said.
In other K-pop news, BLACKPINK’s Rosé was reportedly pictured with singer Olivia Rodrigo, sparking rumors among fans of a potential collaboration. The Korean-Australian singer has been to Los Angeles with BLACKPINK member Jennie to work on new music.