I have been staring at my laptop for the longest time. I don’ t think I can convey my thoughts coherently. Jaebeom once jokingly said in a Wild Bunny episode: “Just trust and follow the leader.” Jay has always shown passion in his leadership, being a friend and a brother to 2PM. But what if the leader decides to call it quits, and leave everything behind?
On September 8th 11:59PM, Jaebum wrote on his fancafe:
““Hello, I’m 2PM’s JaeBum. I’m sorry for giving you my last greeting through this letter. I think it will be hard for me to see you all on stage because of my sorry heart. I’m really sorry to everyone, and I’m even more sorry to the fans who have shown me love.
From today, I will leave 2PM.”
“2PM boys, I’m really sorry to the boys and I’m sorry I couldn’t be strong as a leader and a hyung and have to leave like this.
However, I hope you will be more cool and charming.
Again, I’m sorry.”
JYP Entertainment also confirmed through a phone interview with Newsen that the departure of Jaebum from 2PM is indeed true. JYP Entertainment stated “This has been talked about and decided in a meeting” and that “Jaebum will most likely go back to America.” “Jay is reportedly very upset mostly because he feels like he let his mom & brother down, the reasons why he went to Korea.“
There are several speculations going on in forums, fansites and Korean portals. I have kept myself from updating/translating or going to the forums prior to this development because I just feel disheartened at how negative netizens are handling the situation. Some say that Jay’s fancafe has been hacked, there are rumors that he was given a choice whether to stay but as no longer the leader of 2PM or leave. While there were rumors that JYP himself forced him. There are also details that some netizens have evidence, more MySpace comments about how Jay is proud to be Korean, and are only releasing them out of guilt. I’m keeping up tabs via 2ONEDAY, follow them via Twitter for more up-to-date news at http://twitter.com/twooneday. As of the moment, he is said to be leaving for America 6:30 KST, and the HOTTEST president is calling for support, mobilizing fans to stop him at the airport. Go here to see the details and sign the petition: HOTTEST and join the group via Facebook here: SUPPORT JAY.
My own take on this devastating news:
Jay has worked so damn hard. Just like the rest of 2PM, he was honest and never afraid to act un-idol like, courageously making himself look like a fool in variety shows just for us to have fun and to make us laugh. And for what? For our own entertainment. It’s hard to think that those who were laughing WITH him during those happy times are now laughing AT him. It’s heartbreaking to see that the people who put him on a pedestal are the ones who are bringing him down. 2PM is still a baby in idol years, they have just celebrated their one year for sobbing out loud! Yet they have received love in a short span of time, and now that love is being taken away from them by people who just don’t see the whole picture, and only look at his mistake.
As a performer, Jay has risked his life every time he did a difficult stunt.
He fell, got injured, practiced like crazy. It’s clear that what he’s doing is his passion. Again, for what?
As I have said before, his mistake can never be erased. He was wrong. But why cover it up with another huge mistake? Why take away his dreams from him? He was being punished enough already for all the hurtful words that were hurled at him. I’ll try my best to get updates. For now please do whatever you can to show support. I do feel that Jay needs to go back to his family to rest, at least his parents, friends and relatives are all there. But to leave for good?
credits: Newsen, 2ONEDAY.com