aespa Karina Deletes Apology Following Break-Up With Lee Jae Wook — K-Netz React

aespa member Karina has notably deleted her handwritten apology on Instagram following her breakup with actor Lee Jae Wook.

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Back in February, it was confirmed that Karina and Lee Jae Wook were in a relationship after first meeting in January. Reactions to their dating news were mixed, with some accepting the couple while others criticizing Karina for dating too “early” in her relationship. As soon as the news died down, it was announced that the couple had split up after five weeks of publicly dating.

Keep on reading for all the details.

aespa Karina’s Handwritten Apology Following Dating News With Lee Jae Wook

On March 5, 2024, Karina uploaded a handwritten apology to her Instagram after it was confirmed she was dating actor Lee Jae Wook.

aespa Karina Deletes Apology Following Break-Up With Lee Jae Wook — K-Netz React
aespa Karina Deletes Apology Following Break-Up With Lee Jae Wook — K-Netz React
(Photo : Karina Instagram (Deleted))

In her apology, she apologized for shocking people with her dating news. In her letter, she expressed how sorry she was for disappointing and causing sadness to MYs (aespa’s fanbase). She acknowledged how much her fans have supported her and expressed her desire to mend the wounds of the precious people she hurt.

aespa Karina Deletes Apology Following Break-Up With Lee Jae Wook — K-Netz React
aespa Karina Deletes Apology Following Break-Up With Lee Jae Wook — K-Netz React
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She promises fans that she will not disappoint them and will be more mature and hardworking in the future.

Her whole letter reads,

“Hello, it’s Karina. First of all, I want to apologize for surprising you all so much. I took some time to address this because I wanted to be careful, especially since MYs were feeling so shaken up. I understand how disappointed and sad MYs, who have been supporting me all this time, must have felt. Knowing your feelings, I feel even more sorry.

I decided to write this letter in the hopes of expressing my feelings, even if it’s just a little bit. Even though I’m worried about possibly hurting you again, I want to sincerely apologize to the fans who have given me so much warmth since my debut. In the future, I hope to heal the wounds that MYs may have received. I’ve always been genuine with MYs, and each and every one of you is incredibly precious to me.

I know this letter might not be enough to express everything I feel, but thank you for reading it. Moving forward, I won’t let MYs down and will work even harder to show you a more mature side of me during promotions. Please continue to support me.

MYs, take care of yourselves, and let’s meet again in good spirits. I’m sorry and very grateful.”

aespa Karina Deletes Letter + K-Netz React

On April 11, 2024, a post titled “Karina took down her apology as a birthday commemoration” was shared on the popular South Korean online community forum Nate Pann.

aespa Karina Deletes Apology Following Break-Up With Lee Jae Wook — K-Netz React
aespa Karina Deletes Apology Following Break-Up With Lee Jae Wook — K-Netz React
(Photo : Karina Instagram)

In the post, the original poster noted that Karina took down her handwritten apology on her birthday, April 11. The OP criticized Karina for her decision to delete the apology, stating that by taking it down, it makes her actions look performative. The OP also wondered why she was making a fuss over dating someone for such a short time.

They also stated that it looks like she doesn’t care about her fans and that deleting the apology is pointless since the title “Lee Jae Wook’s ex-girlfriend” will always follow her.

aespa Karina Deletes Apology Following Break-Up With Lee Jae Wook — K-Netz React
aespa Karina Deletes Apology Following Break-Up With Lee Jae Wook — K-Netz React
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Korean netizens who saw the post had different reactions, however.

People believed that since they broke up, there was no point in keeping the apology up on her Instagram. Others noted that it was odd that she issued an apology in the first place, so it is understandable why she wanted to take it down.

Many also stated it was more respectful of her to delete the apology in regards to Lee Jae Wook. This way, comments about their relationship decrease.

Some comments read,

  • “They broke up, so why should she keep it up? It’s even more respectful of her to delete it for his sake.”
  • “Isn’t it better that she took it down?”
  • “They broke up, so what’s a good reason for her to keep it up? I can’t believe she’s getting hate for this.”
  • “I’m a fan of another group, but I want to say Karina is not at fault here. It was weird that she even issued an apology, but now people are sh*tting on her for taking it down, too? There are some mentally deranged people out there.”
  • “Karina antis are running out of things to hate her for since she broke up, so they are grasping at anything they can.”

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