After Nude Photo Scandal, Fans Support Ailee

After her nude photos were leaked to the internet, singer Ailee has received an outpouring of support at public appearances. During the November 14th Melon Music Awards, Ailee broke into tears as fans cheered loudly when she took the stage. Positive public opinion and support from the mainstream media has been a change from the past, when a female singer’s career would have been ruined by such a scandal. Notably, it took famous singer Baek Ji-young five years to recover from a sex tape scandal.

Article from SBS:

In tears, Ailee proclaims, “To all of you, my fans, who always believed in me, thank you.”

Ailee in tears at the Melon Music Awards

Ailee in tears at the Melon Music Awards

At the 2013 Melon Music Awards held in Seoul on November 14th, Ailee began shedding tears during her acceptance speech.

Bruised and shaken by her recent scandal, Ailee walked up to the stage to receive an award. She was met with roaring applause from her fans and colleagues.

Ailee smiled confidently, about to give her acceptance speech. She could not hold back her tears as they began to fall, drawing sympathy from the crowd.

“No matter what, you always believed in me and cheered me on. Thank you to all the people and fans who have given me so much love.”

Netizens reacted to the Melon awards, writing “seeing Ailee cry, I couldn’t control myself,” “Ailee’s tears, it will all pass,” “seeing Ailee in tears makes me so sad.”

Comments from Naver:


onni, no matter what happens keep working hard ㅠㅠ Ailee fighting!


Sigh, what can she do.. ㅠㅠ In Korea the most talented singers are Lee HaeRi of Davichi and Ailee. And of course I like Ailee the best. This time it’s such a shame ㅠㅠ Seeing her cry is so painful. ㅠㅠ Ailee onni, I love your songs! Just brush the bad things away and get back on your feet and show us how great you sing ㅠㅠ Stop feeling bad ㅠㅠ I’ll always cheer you on and love your songs!


Ailee, stay strong. You always have your fans! Ailee, fighting!


Ailee onni, don’t worry too much about this sort of thing. I’ll look forward to all of the great things you will do in the future!


onni you are the coolest!


Be strong! Ailee you are a great singer and also have great songs.


You must be in so much pain. Just thinking about it, they say almost all of the people in Korea can see your nude photos… If it were me it would be so hard, I’d just want to die. Ailee you are so amazing, stay strong, beautiful woman!


onni be strong! I’ll always root for you!


Ailee onni congratulations! ㅠㅠ Cuz the only Ailee i see is an amazing singer, beautiful, and kind. ㅠㅠ Stay strong and if you see this comment I hope it is some comfort to you! You are amazing!


Honestly people who become fans after seeing the nude pictures really just aren’t getting it. Becoming a fan because you saw nude pictures just means you like the nude pictures. It doesn’t really mean you like Ailee.


Ailee, fighting! Stay strong ㅠㅠ


Did your mistake have anything to do with your talent? of course not. I hope you can get back on your feet again.


Be strong and don’t cry… if you start to cry look up at the sky, the tears won’t fall. Fighting.


The person who spread those pictures is in the wrong… your only sin was trusting someone else.


Stay strong! I’ll always root for you!


Ailee don’t suffer too much! Fighting! Your fans will always be there for you.


Seeing Ailee’s tears at the Melon Music Awards makes my heart ache too. Ailee, don’t cry. I’ll always be there to watch you become the greatest singer ever.


Ailee, you have your fans! Just pretend like this didn’t happen and show us all of your singing abilities. To keep seeing this crying stuff is so bad ㅠㅠ Makes me feel so bad ..

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  • Joey

    Why is 언니 transliterated to onni and not eonni? McCune–Reischauer is the herpes of romanization.

    • lee_hyung_ju

      I agree, in 99% of romanization McCune-Reischauer is confusing for non-linguistics Phds. But I still think that any ordinary native English speaker would pronounce “eonni” as “ee-oh-nee”, which doesn’t really match the Korean.

      • Joey

        That’s the issue with most transliteration, though (and doubly so for me, as a non-native English speaker). But for the rest of the translations in the Glossary it’s transliterated ‘correctly’, and after all there’s no such thing as an 온니 :)

    • Digitalsoju

      “eonni” is terrible itself too. Most people likely read it as e-onni

      unni ftw

      • Joey

        Well, that’s the disadvantage of romanization – sometimes, it doesn’t work out. IPA for everyone!

      • Sillian

        I think some people also spell it as ‘unnie’, which I like better.

    • Mark

      You make Revised sound like it’s much better than McCune. They’re both Romanizations, and they’re both horrible. I prefer Hangul, and I expect people to know how to read Hangul if they can even understand what unni, eonni, or whatever, means.

      Btw, the ‘o’ in ‘onni’ should have a symbol/diacritic on it. So technically, they’ve made a mistake.

  • Brett

    These “scandals” either make or break a lot of people’s careers in Korea. Lucky for her, sympathy reigns.

    • Joey

      It’s probably because she’s a different kind of idol. More of a singer-songwriter than a slave to a conglomerate like SNSD, T-ara, IU etc. And she’s American and only recently moved to Korea.

    • Guest23

      Still pretty terrible, gonna take some time to get damage control on this scandal and find the culprits if they can, reminds me of that article in Japancrush of that Idol shaving her head in shame.

  • commander

    Scandals of Ailee and Baek Ji-young are different on several aspects.

    First, Baek was in hot water when a videotape of sexual intercourae between her and her former manager and boyfriend emerged in an alleged blackmail or personal grudge by the latter.

    In contrast, in fledgling Ailee’s case, leaked photos involved her nudity, not sexual acts.

    Second, Baek’s representative company failed to do the damage control after what should be supposed to remain private grabbed national headlines. The company may have been aware of the importance of initial media spin but find no approriate excuses for the sexually explicit video’s leak, leaving Baek bearing the brunt of contemptuous looks from the public.

    Ailee saw her firm rushing to bring under control any possible turn for worse in public sentiments toward the rising singer by announcing that the photos in question was shot for suggested underwear advertisements, whose contract was not eventually signed.

    The statement seems dubious as light makeup Ailee wore in the leaked photos and their low-quality resolution make the claims of phots as test shooting for ads unfounded.

    The leak is known to have came from a website Ailee’s ex-boyfriend is working for, giving weight to the allegation that her company’s statement is a hastily prepared damage control.

    No matter whatever is the truth, public sentiments are running in favor the singer.

    Third, as the introduction points out, there has been a swing in public views on sexual scandals involving entertainers from scornful responses to respect for privacy that should be safeguarded.

    The leaked photos may haunt Ailee for the rest of life as the complete removal of those pictures from a ever-evolving vast expanse of cyberspace is all but impossible.

    The only way Ailee healed the trauma the nude scandal left is that she will take the stage with more appealing and sophisticated perfoances to audiences, getting the scandal out of minds of her fans.

    • Boris

      Yes, it does look like she gave those pictures (or maybe they were taken by someone viewing her when she was on her webcam).

      Stuff like this should remind people (both men and women) to not send such images of themselves to people (especially those underage that are into sexting).

      Videotaping or photo like this will find its way out when break ups happen.

      • commander

        A more convincing speculation is that she may agree to be taken by her ex-boyfriend for fun while they were romantically involved without knowing that such a nod could boomerang against her.

        • Boris

          That’s what I meant by the first sentence, was in a rush so didn’t write it out clearly.


      first of all baek ji young has connections thats why it diidnt blow out of control. look at han sung joo, bitch’s career is ruined

      girls just wanna have fun and ailee was being a typical new jersey trash

      • commander

        Whatever networking she had at that time, it is unjuatifiable to reveal such an intimate privacy to the public.

        And that scandal led to several years of her absence on stage.

        Can you keep giggling if your sister suffered a similarly traumatic incident where all people in the nation had sneers and jeers against her.

        She braved public criticism squarely when she returned to the stage with new songs, carving successfully out her presence. I think of that as quite impressive achievement–one that freakish idiots who find perverted pleasurecin backbiting never can make.

        • Anthony M Ludovici

          “Can you keep giggling if your sister suffered a similarly traumatic
          incident where all people in the nation had sneers and jeers against

          I would want my sister to have enough respect for her family and her father that she didn’t take nude photos of herself. Women are honestly so self-destructive sometimes.

    • kpopwillneverstop

      I don’t know if you know by now, but the police have actually confirmed that her company’s “damage control” is actually true. She did file a report about the fake lingerie company.

  • Mighty曹

    “pixellation by koreaBANG”
    Damn you, koreaBANG! Please unpixelate it.

    • Joey

      They’re easily available on the internet if you just search for it (copy-paste image URL into google image search)

  • bigmamat

    She got off on this one because people hate AllKpop more, that’s all. Otherwise she would be shaving her head, on her knees, and reflecting somewhere for the next year or two.

    • Sillian

      Nope, initially AllKpop didn’t even receive much attention from Korean netizens but she still got lopsided support from the very first report. It’s relatively innocent nude pictures and she is a singer respected for her talent.

    • Guest

      Most Koreans have never even heard of allkpop before this incident

    • chucky3176

      What dream world are you living in? Most Koreans don’t even know what AllKpop is. Are you from that site? You must be, otherwise how would you know about this?

      • bigmamat

        I never used the site much it spikes my CPU. When I first started visiting sites like this I never read the comments. Just the headlines or the articles. Once I started I kept seeing people accusing AKP of being an anti-Korean site. I have seen a lot of criticism for the site even before this scandal began. Then from the very beginning there were nothing but comments mostly about how it was unethical to release the pictures. Her boyfriend is a douche for leaking and asking for money, etc. I saw no comments speculating on the actual pictures. I don’t care one way or the other about either Ailee or AKP. I’m just saying she got EXTREMELY LUCKY. Because this could have surely gone the other way for her. Especially since neitzens can see potential scandal in the reflections on a spoon.



  • Ryan Kim

    Who cares about this dumb bitch.

    • commander

      The preference for an K-pop artist is a matter of opinion.

      But the reason this scandal gains traction is that it offers the wake-up call for many female potential victims, raises privacy invasion issues, and give a rude awakening that celebrities are all about image making.

    • Anthony M Ludovici

      Going through your comment history. It’s agreeable.

    • Rinetto Shii

      ^ Who cares about Ryan, that dumb guy

  • gustave154

    Her body is just amazing. No need to be ashamed Ailee

    • lonetrey / Dan

      I don’t really get why someone would vote you down. She really is good looking.

      • commander

        I guess the down voter think the “amazing” compliment for Ailee doesnt reduce the trouble she is in, rather it is the source of her agony.

        Think of it. All the sticky eyes are on her naked body when she doesnt want it at all.

      • Mark

        Well it looks like the down-voters thinks otherwise.

  • foiq

    rule #1. no photos of you having sex with your boyfriend. rule #2. not letting ur boyfriend take nude photos of you. rule #3. not sending nude photos of urself to ur boyfriend.

  • Krazed4K-pop

    Some people just need to grow and get over grudges it’s a good thing Ailee is and hopefully will get through this that b**tard of a boyfriend is lucky

  • Matt

    You are forgetting that owning, viewing or distributing this picture is a violation of the international child pornography law. The person who took this and emailed it committed a crime and needs to be bought to justice. This person took the picture in the US needs to be registered as a sex offender.

    • Sillian

      She wasn’t under age in 2009, was she?

      • Aguest

        No, she was born in 1989. She was 20 back in 2009 when the pictures were taken.

    • jon777

      Wrong, wrong and wrong. And, she was the one taking the picture dumbass.


    hear tears give me a boner

  • Kiwi

    Lucky for her, I really hope she learns from this mistake because not everyone can have such a strong fan base (Vanessa hug). Please continue to make music Ailee

    • Anthony M Ludovici

      Why do women always defend other women doing this sort of degenerate stuff?

      • Kiwi

        lolwut? you never watched porn before?
        You masturbate to this degenerated stuff, retard

        • Anthony M Ludovici

          So the fact it titillates means it isn’t a bad thing? What if you took such pictures and your father found them?

          • Kiwi

            So what if my father caught me having sex? I should stop having sex? Well good luck with that.

          • Anthony M Ludovici

            I never said you should stop having sex. I just think most girls who love and respect their fathers won’t behave wantonly and do whorish things.

          • Kiwi

            I hope a bunch of femi-nazis would castrate you with their teeth one day.

          • Anthony M Ludovici

            I’m not sure why you’re so angry.

        • Mark

          That was pretty lame. I’m surprised he even replied to you.

          • Kiwi

            Like the same way you replied to me? Genius.

      • Mark

        Because people like you like to generalize, and possibly have little empathy for women and low tolerance for mistakes.

        • Anthony M Ludovici

          One cock rule my friend.

  • nqk123

    don’t know who she is. not a fan of kpop, too repetitive (just my opinion). this sort of leaks happen so many times. I think people care-less about it nowadays.

  • Sid Driver

    I really don’t understand why people go so crazy over these kinds of things… especially with the bashing and criticizing… it’s a nude picture of her… why does that even matter to you? I just wonder what’s wrong in people’s head that they would hate so much. Some people just need more love in their lives.

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