Girls' Generations Tiffany Apologizes, Reveals Hardships Over Father's #DebtToo Issue
Girls' Generations Tiffany released an official statement to respond to the issues surrounding her father, Mr. Whang, who is currently getting involved in Korea's #DebtToo movement. The 29-year-old star also apologized for his old man's actions after an online community user accused him of fraud and scam.
Tiffany revealed she felt "terrible and apologetic" after she read the post against her father. So to stop all the rumors and apologize to the man who allegedly got scammed, she decided to release a statement.
"I sincerely apologize for this controversy," Tiffany said, per Koreaboo. The Girls' Generation member admitted that it wasn't an easy feat to talk about family issues in public, especially with the emergence of #DebtToo scandal involving her father. However, she bravely wrote a statement to apologize to those people harmed by her dad, and other bad situations related to her.
Tiffany took advantage of the moment to reveal that she also went through a lot of hardships because of her father's wrongdoings during her childhood. She even received threats from different people because of her dad's debts. The "Into the New World" hitmaker also revealed that Mr. Whang forced her to pay for his obligations.
As a daughter, Tiffany tried to pay for her father's debts as she thought it also involved her family. She was also afraid that his arrears would harm her "dear members" and the people around her. But she couldn't handle it all. She then decided to part ways with her father, and live their own lives. "It has been 7 years since I've been in contact with him," she confessed.
According to AllKpop, an online community user, named Mr. A, recently came forward to reveal that Tiffany's father scammed him over a loan more than a decade ago. The loaner said he was a victim of fraud by Mr. Hwang in Manila, Philippines, in 2007.
"I trusted him and lent him money, but I wasn't able to get it back," Mr. A revealed. He eventually gave up getting his money, but now he has the strength to talk about it. Although more than 10 years have passed, he still managed to talk to Tiffany's father in April of this year but to no avail. He even heard rumors that Mr. Hwang went under the knife in America to hide.
"Tiffany and her older brother know about it," Mr. A said. He also accused Mr. Hwang of running a scam under "the guise of a golf course." He also allegedly used mobsters to scare him. Now that the tables have turned, the loaner added that they now have the freedom to reveal their experiences and the scams they endure from the celebrities' families.