Despite initially denying the rumors, both Minzy and YG Entertainment have now revealed that the 2NE1 member did indeed receive cosmetic surgery for her nose.
YG Entertainment stated, "Minzy had been suffering from rhinitis for a long time. During the surgery for her rhinitis, she also received a surgery to straighten her nose for a complete recovery."
The rep also confirmed that the CEO of YGE, Yang Hyun Suk, was not against the procedure despite his usual stance against plastic surgery.
Minzy herself also admitted that the rumors circulating on the internet about her sudden 'upgrade' in looks were true, reports AllKpop.
In an interview with Osen news, she shared, "There's a lot of talk about my change in appearance these days. I'm not the type of person who can hide things, so I wanted to come out and tell everyone right away.
"I had been suffering from rhinitis for a long time, so I always had a hard time while singing and dancing. When I went to the hospital, they told me that because my nose was crooked, I had to get surgery for a perfect recovery."
"It was the first time I'd ever undergone surgery, so I was worried at first. Then my mother suggested that while I'm fixing my crooked nose, I should receive cosmetic surgery as well. That's why it took even longer for me to decide."
"CEO Yang Hyun Suk is against plastic surgery so I didn't dare bring it up, but I got the courage and discussed it with him. Then he said, 'In the past, Gummy and Wheesung also suffered from rhinitis.
As long as you are going to, you should go with your mother's advice.' With a lot of bravery, I underwent surgery for rhinitis and received cosmetic surgery for my nose."
Minzy also added another explanation for her change in appearance.
"My mother is incredibly fond of me. Though I work out almost every day at the YG gym, it seems she was bothered that I wasn't as thin as the other [2NE1] members.
"Thats why to motivate me, she lost 10 kg (22 lbs). After that, my family members started to go on diets, which is why I naturally lost weight as well."