On June 19, news site Sports Kyunghyang suddenly reported that IZ * ONE – the girl group just officially disbanded at the end of April this year, is currently in discussions to reunite in the near future. Sports Kyunghyang also quoted industry insiders as asserting that most of the members’ agencies are leaning towards IZ*ONE’s return to activities together.
Not long after, CJ ENM responded to this information, confirming that IZ * ONE’s future is still open and nothing has been officially decided. CJ ENM also officially mentioned the fundraising efforts of IZ*ONE fans to bring the 12 girls back to work together.
A representative of CJ ENM stated, “We already know about the fans’ fundraising. We are grateful for their support, however even when IZ*ONE returns to activities together and we continue to produce new albums for the group, we will still invest in those projects ourselves.”
The fact that IZ * ONE is discussing reunion can be a great joy for the group’s fans, but the Korean online community does not think so. Most of the comments from netizens said that they can’t support this idea, especially when thinking about the victims of vote manipulation like Lee Gaeun and Han Chowon.
“CJ is pretending not to know anything about the scandal and is just trying his best to make money ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
“Where is CJ’s conscience? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ CJ is disgusting”
“Don’t like it at all, don’t they think about the victims??”
“I miss IZ*ONE so much”
“CJ really has no conscience”
“I really don’t want this to happen.”
“But I don’t think the reunion will happen ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
“I hate it and I don’t think all the members will agree”
“There is no news on whether CJ has compensated Lee Gaeun and Han Chowon or not, but it’s crazy that now there is news of IZ*ONE reunion”
“I personally like the IZ*ONE members… But what about the victims? Don’t you feel sorry for Lee Gaeun and Han Chowon?”