Jay took his last bow and left Korea on September 8th, 2009 on a 6:30 p.m. flight at Incheon. With a heavy heart he left a message of apology to his fans and to 2PM for not being able to fulfill his responsibilities as a leader. With only 4 days after his MySpace “scandal” broke out, he has not only stepped down as a leader, he also called it quits for being a part of 2PM.
Wikipedia was quick to label Jay as a “former member,” and putting unconfirmed info that JYP is thinking about replacing Jay with Junho as a leader. As of now, we haven’t heard anything from Park Jin Young himself, except prior reports confirming his departure. I do wish JYP will notify us even with a single Tweet just like how he said 2PM’s advance in the US is not confirmed. But JYP seems to be in a Twitter blackout, probably trying to sort things out with much difficulty since he’s out of Korea dealing with the Wondergirls’ US career at the same time.
At the time when Jay’s departure seemed palpable, netizens came out with words saying they didn’t expect things to turn out this way, expressing disbelief in the turn of events. A lot of dug out comments by Jay showing his love for Korea surfaced. In each fan site, and through internet notice boards Jaebum’s message in 2006 to his friends in America through his Myspace were “I want to stay in Korea 1 more year” “Not as a JYP(trainee) but I want to spend it as a Korean.” “In 2002 during the World Cup, JaeBum has come together with his friends and family at the church in Korea to support for Korea. He was like a real Korean who loves Korea. There are also Koreans in Korea who will say they hate Korea when times are hard for them, isn’t it. And are those people traitors? It is really sad that people label him that. ” TOO LATE, MUCH?
This came out a while ago but one of Jay’s friends posted a message saying how their private conversation was invaded, saying that the way they talk as best friends was taken out of context. But he apologized as well.
Until now, I’m still amazed at the resilience 2PM’s fans have shown. It was touching to see them gather and kneel down at the airport while guards were trying hard to control them. An outpouring of love for the leader. We all did our best. I’m sure Jay knows that we understand his situation and that we will still continue to support him. Everywhere I read, everything’s all bleak and depressing. But we should look at this day even with a small flicker of the bright side. Jay will return to his family, it’s the most important thing for him right now. As true fans, we must not be selfish. He was hurt and he needs to rest, away from all the painful words thrown at him. I’m not saying I condone his act, nor am I relieved for his leaving, but really, he needs to be with his parents, friends and be surrounded by them.
So.. keep your heads up, people! Cliche as this may sound, this is not the end. But only the beginning of Jay’s journey towards becoming better and better, a small ditch in the road towards his dreams.
Jay has worked hard to make us laugh. Here are his finest TV moments:
Jay: “Stop downloading stuff! The FBI will hunt you down.”
Jay being asked about his driving skills: “I’m really good at driving! I could be a taxi driver!”
“IT’S A CONSPIRACY!!!” In Idol Army, Jay gets the most excited when there are female guests: “Two girls! Two girls!”
Jay: “I’m the leader, but you guys ignore me! I am Park Jaebeom!” To Chansung: “Ya! You dare laugh at your hyung?!”
A frog jumped at Jay’s shoes when they were filming Wild Bunny (Taec’s prank episode) on a rainy day. Jay panicked, saying, “AAAAHHH! I’M GONNA DIE!!” And in episode 2, “It’s raining hard…my hair’s gonna fall out.”
In an interview with Arirang, Jay had so many NGs just saying the group’s final words for “Again and Again” promotions. He was like, “Everyone please love 2PM a lot! It’s summer now, it’s very hot… please take off your clothes…” *Taec smacks him, and ends up doing the spiel himself!**
Jay: “”Whatever I do, it always looks like I’m a pervert.”
ONEDAY BAND OF BROTHERS: The highs and lows in Hotblood, the reality show where JYP trainees were put in an army style boot camp to develop their skills not only as dancers, singers, but also to help them learn about brotherhood and for them to always remember not to be complacent.
Sweat, tears and blood.
2PM Members posted messages for Jay on his birthday.
“Time really flies… from trainees—Hotblood days—debut till 2PM now. All of us have known one another for 3-5 years. Still remember the first time we met you. You’re completely an American who doesn’t know how to speak in Korean. Even now, your Korean is not that good. I believe you can do your best, right? Leader Hyun. Some of the translated parts in Hangul are translated in English for you and international HOTTESTS to see.”
“Jay hyung! keke! I know you just don’t like us stop calling you “hyung.” Okay. Today I’ll call you hyung more. In the past you just hate Hangul but I know you’re trying your best now.”
“Yes, I see you everyday but I just can’t express what I wanted to tell you. Heh heh that’s why I have decided to tell you here instead. Happy birthday Jay baby! A year older too! but I still love you! Stop acting cool and strong when you’re not at times. But I can feel your sadness, just that you just don’t share with any of us. Please stop it! Share with us! With me?”
“Jay baby ~~~ lalala my baby~~hey stop acting strong! I’m glad to know you. Probably your English is better than your Korean lol that’s why I can understand you better.”
Let’s study Hangul, and I hope one day you can surpass me haha. Thanks for being such a great leader and helped us when we needed to. Please can we help each other? We love you!”
The power trio
“Hey hey hey yo! My birthday’s coming but I’m still younger than you (cheeky smiles) you’re sleeping on your bed now. I’m jealous… Why? I’m tired but I just want you to be happy and who don’t love our mighty Jay? I’m going to join with you soon. Thank you Taec for translating”
JUNHO, JAY’s ROOMIE
“I envy you. You’re so confident in your work. I’ve never seen you give up. Why are you so confident? Because of you, I’m getting stronger now. When I told you I’ve never slept on the floor before, without a word, you let me sleep in your big bed. You’re so kind and a great leader.I respect and love you hyung.”
“Hey man! I’m trying to improve my English. What can I say about you, hyung? Your talented, charismatic and so much mroe. I like to sing with you again soon. How’s your sleep now? Thumbs up, you’re great!” [probably written while Jay is snoring asleep]
“I like to play with hyung. No one wants to play with me but it’s really nice to play with you. You may sound angry sometimes but I know you are not serious. (laughs) Thanks hyung for so much. I love you hyunnie! May you dream us in your dreams now! Happy birthday!”
GOOD TIMES WITH 2PM. [Trans. of 2PM’s song “You might come back”]
“I was happy just being together
i was happy just looking at (you)
(i) feel as i have the whole (whole) world.
it was like that..”
“You’ve already left
but i still have useless hopes
I’m still the same, it’s too hard, I can’t forget you”
“Yearning for you again today, I wiped my tears
without any reason, the tears just flowed
the emptiness you’ve left is big…
I know everyone’s exhausted about today’s events. Seeing someone you admire for his talents and someone whose career you’ve patiently followed can be emotionally draining. I am feeling down too. But this is the least I can do for HOTTESTs who are devastated. Honestly, I lost all enthusiasm for reading and updating news. Korean entertainment industry can be damn scary. Realistically speaking, an apology may not mend things right away. But leading to Jay leaving Korea?? Who knew it would turn out like this?
This is dedicated to Pink Granpa, Jay.
When reporters asked him about his plans in America, he talked about music. He said, “I am planning to study music in America” and “have a time of reflection. I want to show a more mature side both personally and musically.” But he seemed vague about when he’s coming back.
P.S. Please spread the word. Leave your cheer and fighting! messages for Jay here. And kindly give encouragement to your fellow HOTTESTs all over the world. Let’s all hope that everyone’s wounds (netizens, fans), including Jay’s, will heal…
credits: K Bites (Sookyeong@WP), Allkpop, makikawaii@WP (for the lyrics), 2ONEDAY.com (for some of the quotes), 2PM’s fancafe for the birthday messages, omgkpop.com, Cha Yun @ Newsen, Translation: Jiyo @ 2ONEDAY Fourms