“We were in jail, weren’t we?” GSWN’s Miya reflects on the group’s struggles with her former agency
GSWN was a kpop group that made their debut in 2018. In May 2021, they came under the management of The Wave Music (formerly known as Kiwi Media Group) under a deal with their first agency, Kiwi Pop.
GWSN claimed that The Wave Music has overlooked the group since 2021.
The group of seven claimed they were evicted from their accommodation after the agency failed to pay rent as of February 2022.
In June of the same year, GWSN’s dance practice room was reportedly closed and GWSN’s managerial and administrative team left the company.
On January 22, the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of GWSN after representatives from The Wave Music failed to respond to the lawsuit and attend the hearing.
The report adds that if the agency does not appeal the decision within 14 days, the decision will become final and GWSN will be entitled to terminate its contracts with The Wave Music.
In a recent interview with Asahi Shimbun Digital, former band member Miya spoke about being an idol.
“I spoke to (one of) the members on the phone [GWSN] The other day we started making jokes, like: “We were in prison, weren’t we?” » »
The harsh training was nothing compared to everything related to her profession.
“No, I actually felt the least stressed during the practice sessions. We started practicing after the younger girls got home from school each day and each of us had our own private lessons as well as group practice so that by the time we were done it would be completely dark outside. »
The company controlled everything the girls did, which made life particularly difficult for them.
“Every time we went to training, we first had to weigh ourselves in front of a manager. Then we brought back the meal we wanted to eat: “I’m going to eat a banana and a boiled egg.” [ou] “I will eat an apple”. »
Nobody is exempt from this treatment. Even teenage members – the youngest was born in 2002 – had the idea to eat a little more.
“Back then, some of the members were young and in high school, and usually at that age you start talking about things like boys, don’t you? We only talked about food. We sneaked to the supermarket just for fun.
It was against the rules to have money, but everyone received a “money box” allowance from their parents. On our way to our practice room, we walked to this discreet station wagon behind the building and used the 10,000 won in our pockets to eat ice cream while taking a detour. »
This obsession with girls’ weight takes a toll on them both mentally and physically. They couldn’t do anything alone.
“Usually there was only time to put something in your mouth twice a day. I thought I might be going insane. My previous company was particularly strict, we had no time off, no money and our phones were confiscated. I could barely speak to my family over the manager’s phone. »
We hope they are better now.