Jae-beom, leader of popular boy band 2PM, is in hot water for remarks he made on Korea belatedly became public.
Jae-beom issued an apology Saturday when comments he made in 2005-2007 to an acquaintance in United States were revealed by fans. The singer wrote comments like “Korea is gay. I hate Koreans. I wanna come back” on his social networking Web site myspace, enraging fans who later commented that they were disappointed and some even felt betrayed by his posts.
The Korean-American singer at that time was an understudy at JYP Entertainment, the current agency of the seven-member group
“I first came to Korea as a high school freshman. I didn’t know much about Korea nor the language and the food was different,” Jae-beom said in the public apology. “The comments that I made were emotional expressions of discontent over my situation at that time … I sincerely apologize.”
Jae-beom debuted in 2PM in 2008, and the group has become one of hottest in Korea. (Korea Times)