The Late Choi Jin-sil
By Kim Rahn
The contents of the last phone call the late actress Choi Jin-sil made to a magazine reporter have been disclosed.
In the November edition of Queen magazine, the reporter, Kim, a close friend of Choi, revealed the phone conversation he had with Choi just before she committed suicide. She expressed grief over rumors believed to have forced her to take her own life.
According to the report, Choi called him around 1 a.m. on Oct. 2, presumably hours before committing suicide, and cried for a while. She repeatedly said, ``I don't need anything! What did I do wrong? Will all this end, if I die?''
Choi suffered rumors that she was involved in the death of actor Ahn Jae-hwan, who killed himself in September allegedly after failing to pay back debts to loan sharks. It was rumored that Choi lent him billions of won.
``I want to die. No, I'll die. Listen, listen to me carefully as it will be the last. I want you to take care of my children. I'm sorry. Please help the kids. You know what I have suffered for the last six years, you know what the truth is. I trust you,'' Choi said, ending the seven and a half minute call.
In an earlier call made Sept. 30, Choi told Kim, ``I thought people would believe me because the rumor spreader was caught. But online boards are still filled with my story, and many people still believe that I'm the loan shark who drove Ahn to death.''
``I'm so scared. I feel like dying if the situation continues. Will people trust me if I die? My name is `Choi Jin-sil' (Jin-sil means truth) but people call me `Choi Hypocrisy.' Isn't it sad?'' she was quoted as saying.
``I'm sorry for my children, but it may be better to become a mom whose truth is revealed after death than a mom at whom people point fingers,'' Choi said.