After coming out as bisexual almost exactly a year ago, Som Hein announced on August 4 that she had broken up with her girlfriend of about 1 year.
Som Hein was a former contestant on Mnet’s 2017 survival show Idol School (known as Som Hyein at the time). A model at the time, she ranked #29 out of 41 participants before dropping out of the show due to health concerns.
In a statement, Som Hein (who was 21 at the time) told viewers she had left the show due to anorexia, which she was undergoing treatment for. However, around the same time, a former classmate of Som Hein’s revealed she had been violently bullied by the starlet during middle school. As such, many netizens believe the bullying accusations were the real reason Som Hein dropped out of the show.
Despite the controversy, Som Hein continued on her path towards becoming an idol. In May 2019, she made her debut with the song “Mini Radio (Zizizik)”.
Then, a few months later, she took an even bigger step—coming out to her fans and followers. On August 10 last year, Som Hein announced that she is bisexual, revealing that she also had a girlfriend. According to The Korea Times, this made her the first female K-Pop singer to come out as bisexual.
A few days later, Som Hein posted a picture of herself with her girlfriend, a non-celebrity named Eunbin.
Now, a year later, their relationship has come to an end. In an Instagram post to her 130,000 followers, Som Hein explained that the two had broken up and decided to move on with their separate paths.
We’re just going back to our daily lives, and she’s still going to work hard for her life and I’m going to work hard for my life too.
— Som Hein
Som Hein told her followers she decided to announce the breakup on Instagram because her sexuality and relationship had attracted “so much interest and thoughts from so many people”.
Receiving numerous comments from fans wishing her strength and happiness, Som Hein thanked everyone who showed her girlfriend and herself positive attention over the past year.
In the meantime, I would like to thank those who supported and who had shown interest and affection to me and my friend.
— Som Hein
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어떻게 말을 전할까 고민을 많이 하다가 이렇게 글을 남겨요. 제가 처음으로 공개연애를 했었던 친구와 함께 가던 발길을 멈추고 각자의 길을 가는 것을 응원하기로 결정했어요. 그 친구는 스크린이나 연예계에서 활동하는 친구도 아니고 커밍아웃과 함께 저의 연애가 크게 알려져서 많은 분들이 관심을 가져주셨기에 이렇게 글을 올려 알리는게 맞다고 판단해서 글을 올리게 되었어요. 저희는 그저 원래 있던 본인의 자리로 돌아가는 것 뿐이라, 그 친구는 그 친구 자리에서 저는 여전히 제 자리에서 열심히 하겠습니다. 그 동안 저의 연애에 응원해주시고 관심 주셨던 분들께 감사드려요. – After thinking countless times about how to explain, and clearing the thoughts I decided to write it here. We have stop our relationship and settled to move on, with the friend who had been in public relations with me for the first time and cheer and encourage each other for the separate path we’ve chosen for our lives She is not a friend who is active on the screen or the entertainment world, and my relationship announcing that I am coming out as bisexual has given so much interest and thoughts from so many people, which I think it is the right thing to announce what happened and to post this message here. We're just going back to our daily lives, and she's still going to work hard for her life and I’m going to work hard for my life too. In the meantime, I would like to thank those who supported and who had shown interest and affection to me and my friend.