1st-gen K-pop idol Cho Min-ah of Jewelry hints at domestic abuse, fans worry 'get out'
Cho Min-ah shares that paramedics and the police had to be called after an incident took place while her son was sleeping
Warning: This article includes comments about domestic abuse which can be triggering to some readers
Jewelry was not only one of the first K-pop girl groups but it was also the longest-running girl group as they were active right from 2001 to 2015. 2022 was also a good year for fans as we got two reunions with four of the members meeting up at member Kim Eun-jung’s wedding. We then had them appear in the talent competition ‘Mom Is An Idol’ to perform with member Park Jung-ah for her mission. Well, now member Cho Min-ah is in the news but not for a positive reason as there have been hints of domestic abuse.
Back in February 2021, it had been announced that Cho Min-ah would finally be having a wedding to celebrate her marriage to her husband. They had tied the knot in September 2020 but had not held a wedding due to the pandemic. The former K-pop idol had shared that she was also pregnant and that she was lucky to find a mature and dependable person. Min-ah had done a lengthy interview gushing over her new husband and how he constantly took care of her and how they were able to get through the lockdown together. The other Jewelry members had also been happy for her and congratulated her on Instagram.
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Cho Min-ah makes a worrying Instagram post
On May 16, Cho Min-ah posted a photo with her son, Kang-ho and shared that while he was sleeping, she was being suffocated till she was thrown to the floor and lost consciousness. She added that the paramedics and even the police arrived and fortunately she was fine when her son woke up. While many users thought that it was a case of hyperventilation, Min-ah hinted that something sinister might have happened. To a fan's comment who asked if she was alright, the former Jewelry member commented, “When the paramedics came, he was already performing CPR, and when they were gone, he cursed at me again. Every day feels like hell. Save me.”
Many users feel that the "he" Min-ah mentioned is her husband and that he might have something to do with the hyperventilation attack in the first place. Cho Min-ah is married to a CEO of a fitness center and welcomed their son in June 2021. She had been diagnosed with Raynaud’s Syndrome where the blood vessels get narrower and the skin turns white and blue. In her wedding interview last year, the ex-Jewelry star shared that her husband had looked after her when she faced a health scare after getting pregnant.
'We are with you'
However, after Min-ah’s May 17 post, fans and non-fans are afraid for her and are sending her supportive messages. One fan commented, “We are with you girl stay strong we believe you.” Another said, “I've always read your posts, but I'll leave a comment today. Violence is not allowed in any case. Moreover, it is impossible to have [such] a house with children. For protection, make sure you have CCTV at home, sister, get evidence even now, and be sure to come out with Kang-ho.” One fan asked, “Min-ah are you okay?? Please don't be patient and ask for help if you need it.”
Another said, “Girl you need to get tf out of there. I had to help my friend get out of a situation like this cause of her bf. If you need help get help!!!!!!” Another added, “That's as far from ambiguous as a description can get. There's no way that means something else than what everyone interprets it as. Time for her to leave the guy, for her and the child's safety.” One fan was worried, “She needs to leave before he kills her.”
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