Taeyeon talks her trainee days: “Even when I was tired, I had a clear goal in mind”

"I was confident that I was going to be the best”

Soloist and Girls’ Generation leader Taeyeon has opened up about her life as a trainee.

In a recent interview with ELLE Korea, the K-pop veteran looked back on her time as a trainee, and how she overcame difficult moments. The singer also reflected on the stereotypes she has heard about being an idol.

“At first, I overcame by singing my favourite song. I was just happy to sing, and felt happy through it. But as time went by, I think my standards became higher,” said Taeyeon, revealing that she became more harsh on herself. “I’m the type to scold myself to try harder and do my best.”

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The Girls’ Generation vocalist also talked about her “boring” life as a trainee that revolved around exercise, attending classes and practicing for her debut. “It would be a lie to say that I was never tired. But even when I was tired, I had a clear goal in mind, and I was confident that I was going to be the best,” shared Taeyeon.

Later, she also discussed stereotypes often faced by K-pop idols. “‘You get to wear such pretty clothes so many times, I wish I could have the spotlight on me as much as you have,’ I’ve heard these so many times,” she told ELLE Korea. “But we all feel the same things.”

“Sometimes, I honestly want to drop everything and take a break, but I’m already a member of Girls’ Generation. And after knowing how much influence I have on people, I naturally developed this sense of responsibility,” Taeyeon confessed.

Last month, Taeyeon joined SM labelmate Key on his new single ‘Hate That…’ in anticipation of his upcoming mini-album in September. ‘Hate That…’ marks the SHINee member’s first solo release in nearly three years, since his 2019 project ‘I Wanna Be’.

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