I think of IU as someone who set the foundation for female solo singers. When I was having a break from activities myself, watching IU’s activities, I became increasingly interested in the rising number of female solo singers. Honestly, during my break, perhaps because I wanted to do activities even more, I became jealous of all the other singers.(Laughs) However, I still have my domain as a senior and agreed with the advice that I should just do my best. In the past, thinking I was up against the girl groups, I dyed my hair blonde, went for a meridian massage and took great care of my appearance, but now I’ve come to realise that that’s not the image my fans want of me.
— Younha in reply to the reporter’s question on whether she sees IU as a threat in the female solo singer market