Lovelyz‘s maknae Yein spoke up about the events that led to her becoming an idol.
In an interview, Yein was asked how she managed to debut. She then revealed that ever since she was little, she always enjoyed dancing. As she loves dancing, she always wanted to become a dancer, but an injury caused her plans to be put on hold for a while.
I think I was pretty lucky with my debut. I was a girl who loved to sing and dance, but had never really considered entering showbiz. Even back in middle or high school, I just focused on dance. I wanted to become a contemporary dancer and was a passionate student, but I twisted my ankle severely and I had to stop dancing for a long while.
She then revealed that the injury was so severe that she couldn’t dance for the longest time, and it crushed her.
It twisted so severely that I ruptured my ligaments. They told me I should rest for longer if I were to receive surgery, and if I were to let it heal naturally without surgery, I should still rest for about 6 months with a full leg cast. That was crushing news for me.
But even in a situation like that, there was a silver lining! As she was forbidden from dancing, she picked up singing instead and was recommended for a Woollim Entertainment audition soon after. Yein ultimately ended up signing with the agency as a trainee, and 4 short months later, made her debut as the lead dancer and maknae of Lovelyz!
After I injured my ankle like that, I couldn’t go to school or dance, so I was so depressed. And since I liked to sing, I decided to learn how to sing. So I started getting 30-minute lessons once a week, really hobby-level. And I heard from the singing academy that Woollim was holding auditions, and they told me to audition for it! So I was like, “Okay!” and went in for the auditions, and ended up signing a contract as a trainee.
After becoming a trainee, they told me I was going to make my debut so I was really grateful. I debuted really fast.
Even though it must have been a painful time for her, thanks to those events fans can now see her shining on stage as Lovelyz’s Yein!
You can watch her talk about her pre-debut injury here, from the 1:30 mark onwards.