The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
Ju-ne of iKON apologized to fans for a recent controversy surrounding his Instagram post about a Japanese director during a press conference for the group’s new album 'New Kids: The Final.' (Instagram/-)
Ju-ne of iKON apologized to fans for a recent controversy surrounding his Instagram post about a Japanese director during a press conference for the group’s new album New Kids: The Final.
Asked about his stance on the issue at the event, which was held in Seoul on Monday, the iKON member said, “I am so sorry for heavily disappointing fans, and I am really regretting it. I will never repeat such a mistake and I will never forget how thankful I am for fans. I will live every moment with gratitude and always show my good sides.”
Prior to the group’s return, Ju-ne had faced backlash after negatively reacting to fans who voiced concerns over the post. The Japanese director he posted about is known here for his disparaging comments about Korea, and fans had suggested that he delete the post.
In a trembling voice, he also apologized to bandmates.
“I was really ashamed that I couldn’t face my members, and I also told our agency head Yang Hyun-suk that I was sorry. Yang told me to endlessly reflect on myself and be more cautious in the future.”
Band leader B.I also commented, “Since Ju-ne apologized to us a lot, we tried to embrace and encourage him, rather than scolding him. Since we are older than him, we tried to help him grow up and reflect on himself.”
The band’s new album New Kids: The Final, set to be released on Monday evening, is fronted by the lead track “Goodbye Road".