Ryu Hwa-young

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Ryu Hwa-young
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Ryu Hwa-Young in 2015.
Born (1993-04-22) April 22, 1993 (age 24)
Gwangju, South Korea [1]
Education Kyung Hee University
Occupation Actress
Agent Imagine Asia
Relatives Ryu Hyo-young (twin sister)
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Core Contents Media
Associated acts
Website Hwayoung Official Fan Site "RyuDot"
Korean name
Hangul 류화영
Revised Romanization Ryu Hwa-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Ryu Hwa-yŏng

Ryu Hwa-young (born April 22, 1993), better known by the mononym Hwayoung, is a South Korean rapper and actress. She is a former member of South Korean girl group T-ara.


Ryu Hwa-young was born on 22 April 1993 in Gwangju, South Korea.[1] Her older twin sister, Ryu Hyo-young, is also a rapper and former member of the group Coed School and its sub-group F-ve Dolls.[2] In 2010, Hwayoung's sister Hyoyoung placed first in a nationwide beauty pageant, "Miss Chunhyang".[3]

Ryu Hyo-young and Ryu Hwa-young made a guest appearance on SBS's variety show Star King in May 2010. They were both subsequently scouted and recruited by Core Contents Media.[4]


2010–12: T-ara and Solo activities[edit]

Core Contents Media originally slated to add Hyoyoung (Hwayoung's twin sister) into T-ara as the seventh member, but she recommended her sister, Hwayoung. In July 2010, it was announced that Hwayoung would be added into T-ara as lead rapper while Hyoyoung would be debuting in the newly formed Coed School.[5] Hwayoung began promotions as part of T-ara in November 2010 by appearing on the third season of Hello Baby and promoting their first mini album Temptastic.[6] T-ara held their first performance with Hwayoung on December 3, through KBS's Music Bank. During her time in the group, she participated in the collaboration between Davichi and T-ara for "We Were In Love" (Hangul우리 사랑했잖아) in December 2011.[7] She also participated in the writing of the rap lyrics of "Love is All the Same" (Hangul사랑은 다 그런거래요) by fellow labelmate Yangpa.[8]

On July 28, 2012, several members of T-ara posted tweets that were purportedly seen to be derisive references to Hwayoung.[9] An official announcement regarding these tweets and a "major announcement about T-ara" was made July 30, which revealed Hwayoung would no longer be a member of the group.[10] Following the announcement of her abrupt contract termination with Core Contents Media, rumors of her experiencing severe bullying by other members of T-ara surfaced throughout the web and the media, which sparked intensive public interest and controversy.[11] Some members of the public strongly believed that Hwayoung was mistreated by the others members of T-ara and her agency. Outcry by T-ara's fan community led to the scheduling of a shut down,[12] as well as the suspension of the members' activities,[13][14] resulting in a huge blow to the group's popularity.[15]

Despite rumours of a possible return to T-ara,[16] on September 6, 2012, Hwayoung announced under her via Twitter that she would be returning to the music industry with new image.[17] On September 10, Hwayoung later participated in the hip hop and rap event "Open Freestyle Day 2012", announcing that she was looking forward to studying music and eventually returning to the industry.[18][19]

2013–present: Solo career[edit]

In September 2013, it was reported that composer, Shinsadong Tiger set up a meeting between talent agency Wellmade Yedang (now Imagine Asia) and Hwayoung when he found out that the agency was looking to produce new content.[20] On December 15, It was announced that Hwayoung signed an exclusive contract with Wellmade Yedang and is preparing to debut as an actress.[21][22] On December 31, Hwayoung made an appearance at the "2014 Miller Countdown Party" as a DJ, alongside DJ Koo, Park Myung-soo and TATA, becoming the youngest female DJ to ever participate in the event.[23]

On January 2, 2014, Hwayoung was spotted filming outside the Korea International Exhibition Center in Goyang,[24] and it was later revealed that she was to be the lead actress in singer, Zia's new music video for "Have You Ever Cried" (Hangul울어본 적 있나요), which was released on January 13.[25]

After debuting as an actress in the two-episode drama special Mother’s Choice, Hwa-young successfully made a transition into acting after receiving praises for her roles in tvN's romantic comedy Ex-Girlfriend Club[26] and JTBC's coming-of-age drama Age of Youth.[27]




Year Title Role
Love Forecast [28] Hee-jin

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
Mother’s Choice Seo Hyun-ah
Ok's Family Han Ok
Ex-Girlfriend Club [29] Rara (Goo Geun-Hyung)
Please Come Back, Mister Wang Joo-yeon
Descendants of the Sun Seo Dae-young's ex-girlfriend (ep.4)
Age of Youth Kang Yi-na
Drama Special – Disqualified Laughter Shin Na-Ra
Father is Strange Byun Ra-young
Traces of Hand Jung Min-young
Naver TV Cast
Age of Youth 2 Kang Yi-na JTBC

TV shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
Star King
Contestant (Episode 166)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song title Artist
"Lovey Dovey Plus"
"Have You Ever Cried"


  1. ^ a b 류화영 가수 (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Co-Ed reveals their dorms". Allkpop. October 17, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Co-Ed’s Hyo Young Reveals Her Past As A beauty Pageant Contestant". Ningin. November 26, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ 티아라 지연 류화영-남녀공학 진혜원 류효영, 한 자리서 만나 (in Korean). Nate. July 19, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ 티아라, 7번째 멤버 류화영 영입…전보람으로 리더교체 (in Korean). Daum (Korea Economic Daily). July 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "T-ara to take care of Moon Mason for "Hello Baby"". Allkpop. November 11, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ 티아라 다비치 듀엣곡 '우리 사랑했잖아' 온라인 음원사이트 올킬 (in Korean). Nate. December 12, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ '인가' 양파-이해리-한나, 환상적 하모니..'감성자극' (in Korean). Nate. May 6, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ Chung Sung-hee (August 1, 2012). "Idol outcast". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Lee, Rachel (August 1, 2012). "Bullying scandals hit K-pop groups". The Korea Times. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Netizens dig up evidence of Hwayoung being bullied? T-Jinyo group formed demanding truth". Allkpop. July 30, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "T-ara's largest fan community to shut down". Allkpop. July 31, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "T-ara to temporarily halt scheduling future events?". Allkpop. July 31, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "T-ara's appearance at 'K-pop Yeosu Expo Super Concert' canceled". Allkpop. July 31, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ "[Updated] Petition asking for the disbandment of T-ara gains over 71,700 signatures". Allkpop. July 31, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ '방출' 화영, 극적반전? 김광수 "진심으로 깨우친다면.." (in Korean). Naver. July 30, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Hwayoung updates fans with new rap clip". Allkpop. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ 화영 근황, 랩 축제 참여해 음악공부…'결국 가수 준비?' (in Korean). Nate. September 10, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ 화영 근황 공개, 요즘 뭐하나 봤더니…‘예상외 행보’ (in Korean). Nate. September 10, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ 화영, 복귀 소문 솔솔…기획사 측과 이견 조율 끝내 (in Korean). Nate. September 25, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ 티아라 탈퇴 화영, 이종석 소속사와 전속계약 배우 변신 (in Korean). Nate. December 16, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Former T-ara member Hwayoung signs a contract with Wellmade Star M!". Allkpop. December 15, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Former T-ara Member Hwa Young to DJ at a Party". Mwave (E News World). December 27, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Hwayoung spotted filming what may be music video". Allkpop. January 2, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Hwayoung confirmed to appear in Zia's upcoming music video + still cuts". Allkpop. January 2, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  26. ^ "'구여친클럽' 류화영, 새싹 배우의 놀라운 성장 :: 네이버 TV연예". Entertain.naver.com. 2015-05-23. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  27. ^ "'청춘시대' 류화영, 티아라 잊었다…진짜 배우의 탄생 [청춘의 재발견②] : 네이트 뉴스" (in (in Korean)). News.nate.com. 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  28. ^ "Ryu Hwa-young to make her movie debut in Love Forecast". MWave. CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  29. ^ "Song Ji Hyo and Byun Yo Han Show Couple Chemistry During ‘Ex-Girlfriend Club’ Script Reading". MWave. CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 

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