Jessi Opens Up About The Hard Times She Faced In The Beginning Of Her Career

It took her a good 15 years to get to where she is now!

Jessi recently expressed her concerns as a singer that’s been active for a long time.

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In the upcoming second episode of KBS 2TV’s Joy Of Conversation, Jessi appeared as the next guest. And unlike her appearances in other shows, she showed a more serious image as she shared her story.


It was reported that Jessi felt awkward for the talk show because it was different from other variety shows.

Please edit out anything that I say about something serious.


To this, Yoo Hee Yeol responded by telling her that everyone wants to listen to Jessi as she shares her story.

Today we are here to listen to your story.

—Yoo Hee Yeol

Jessi then began to open up, and revealed she wanted to show her true self the most, as Ho Hyun Joo (her Korean name).

I want to show you who I am as Ho Hyun Joo and not the Jessi you see on TV.



Jessi debuted in 2005 under the name Jessica H.O. However, it took quite a long time for the public to accept Jessi, and she talked about the toll it took on her at the beginning of her career.

“I’ve done it again.”

“I’ve failed again.”

I even sometimes slept at the sauna. I sometimes wondered why I had to live. I was really at rock bottom back then.


Jessi was revealed to have shown tears at the end of the show recording after talking about such deep and personal events.
You can watch the preview here, and stay tuned for this episode with Jessi which will air on May 20 at 10:40 PM KST.