One of the questions asked of the SM artists in attendance was whether they regretted becoming an SM trainee in the past.
Kangta began by explaining, “When I was a trainee, there wasn’t anything we were able to eat beyond jjajangmyun(black bean noodles). [My then fellow member] Tony An once ordered stir-fried noodle rice and he was in trouble for two days. Back then I regretted [becoming a trainee,] but not now.”
Sungmin went on to say, “[When I was a trainee] our lunch was one roll of kimbap,” to which Kangta responded, “We only were able to order from a Chinese restaurant every two days and we filled the rest of our hunger with sausage snacks.”
Sulli also reflected on her past hardships as a trainee saying, “I lived in the dorms from my fifth year of elementary school. I [often] wanted to go home and wanted to see my mother. Since my home was in Busan, I wasn’t able to go down often and see them so I was upset.”
Hyoyeon said, “From a young age I always had to travel back-and-forth between my house and our office. The entire roundtrip each time took three hours and that wasn’t easy. I regretted it back then since I wanted to play with my friends.”
SM’s I AM will premiere on May 10.
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