The star of Netflix Korea’s hit dating series Single’s Inferno has been forced to issue a creeping apology after she was caught wearing designer knock-offs.
Song Ji-A, also known by her YouTube nickname Freezia, shared a handwritten apology with her millions of Instagram followers after viewers noticed that a Chanel top she wore on the reality show was a dupe of Creator.
After spotting the fake Chanel, fans discovered that some of the other items featured on the 25-year-old’s social media accounts were also cheap imitations of luxury brands.
Broken! Korean influencer and Netflix reality star Song Ji-a (pictured) has been forced to apologize after he was caught wearing designer fakes on TV and social media
“First of all, I sincerely apologize to everyone who was disappointed and hurt because of me,” Ji-a wrote on Instagram.
“Some of the comments currently being made about the fake designer products I wore on social media and on Single’s Inferno are true. I’m so sorry,” she added.
“I once again apologize for any situation caused by the violation of designers’ creations and ignoring copyright.
“As someone dreaming of starting a brand, I will seriously acknowledge the controversy and think deeply. All content with exposed counterfeits has been removed. I also apologize to the brands that have been harmed because of me.
Pretend until you make it? After spotting a fake Chanel top, fans discovered that some of the other items featured on her social media accounts were also cheap knockoffs from luxury brands.
The scandal quickly spread like wildfire across Korea, where Single’s Inferno is the country’s biggest Netflix show, leading audiences to wonder if Ji-a glorified her personality for fame.
She racked up three million Instagram followers following her appearance on Single’s Inferno, becoming the star of the show thanks to her seemingly enviable lifestyle.
Not only did her beauty and sense of style catch her eye, but she was also praised for being a “golden spoon” – a Korean term for someone born into a wealthy family.
‘I sincerely apologize to everyone who was disappointed and hurt because of me’: Ji-a wore the now infamous Chanel top during the first episode of Netflix’s Single’s Inferno
Star: Ji-a has racked up three million Instagram followers since appearing on Single’s Inferno, rising to stardom in the show thanks to her seemingly enviable lifestyle
She bragged about living at Seoul Forest Trimage, which is one of the most enviable apartment complexes in the country and a favorite among K-pop idols and celebrities.
She also attended one of Korea’s top schools, Hanyang University, which only added to her popularity in the education-obsessed country.
However, after her designer scandal broke, fans dug in and found out that she was just a dance student in Hanyang, while others wondered if she owned his luxury apartment or if she just rented it.
“Nothing to be ashamed of, but I think it’s a shame that people have to fake rich personalities and wear branded knockoffs to be considered marketable. It’s both sad and weird,’ a viewer wrote, according to Koreaboo.
Rich? Not only did her beauty and sense of style catch her eye, but she was also praised for being a “golden spoon” – a Korean term for someone born into a wealthy family.
‘It’s embarrassing, because why not be honest? Looks like she’s embarrassed about her upbringing. She could have made videos about good affordable dupes, but she didn’t, which also says a lot about her,” another complained.
“I think people hate it more because she tried to pass herself off as a golden spoon. People wouldn’t have cared if she was just honest about being a normal student living alone in a studio apartment,’ one added.
‘She really wore lines on Netflix? Talk about embarrassing our country,” one wrote, while another said, “It’s pretty cheeky of him to go on TV with lines. Is she really a golden spoon?
Luxury: She bragged about living at Seoul Forest Trimage, which is one of the country’s most enviable apartment complexes and a favorite among K-pop idols and celebrities
“All that heavy makeup, adorning herself with brand names…it feels like mental illness. She’s missing something and trying to fill a void by getting attention like that. She’s the type that can’t stand other people not don’t be jealous of her.
Single’s Inferno premiered on Netflix in December and has ranked among the top ten most-watched shows in the world for the past two weeks.
The slow-paced series follows a group of sexy bachelors stranded on a desert island and forced to live together.
‘She really wore lines on Netflix? Talk about embarrassing our country! The young star was slammed on social media by angry fans and viewers
With limited supplies and the scorching summer heat, they must work together to survive the outdoors while meeting challenges each day.
In a surprising twist, neither single is allowed to share their age or occupations, and instead must rely on their “natural charms” to establish a connection.
If they manage to pair up, they can escape “hell” for the night and head to “heaven” – a nearby luxury hotel where they can say and do anything.
Blockbuster: Single’s Inferno premiered on Netflix in December and has ranked among the top ten most-watched shows in the world for the past two weeks
In a style similar to Gogglebox, a cast of Korean celebrities and comedians watch and react to the action in real time throughout the episodes.
Much like international dating shows of the same genre, the contestants largely consist of attractive personal trainers, models, and influencers.
Since its broadcast, viewers have discovered that most of the contestants have careers in the entertainment industry in Korea.
YouTube star Ji-a hosted a TV show before joining Single’s Inferno, while fan favorite Kang So-yeon emerged as an actress and former K-pop idol.
Hot stuff! Much like international dating shows of the same genre, the contestants largely consist of attractive personal trainers, models, and influencers.
Queen Bee: Ji-a takes up most of the show’s airtime and was a favorite among the show’s male contestants
Fans on social media have been abuzz since the show’s inception, with many comparing it to the Love Island franchise.
“So Korea did a show similar to Love Island, I’m so invested,” one observer tweeted.
“I’m sure girls and gay guys will love this guy,” added another, referring to hunky contestant Kim Hyeong-joong.
“Singles Inferno has got to be one of the best things Korea has done this year,” another tweeted.
Popular: Social media fans have been abuzz since the show’s inception, with many comparing it to the Love Island franchise