JYJ Jaejoong Posts Official Apology For Falsely Stating He Was Diagnosed With The Coronavirus On April Fool’s Day


JYJ Jaejoong has posted a second apology!

On April 1, JYJ Jaejoong shocked fans when he initially announced that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 only to later state it was an April fool’s joke. He received massive backlash over his insensitive post.

He has now posted a second apology to his Instagram account, he stated,

“I am aware that this was something that shouldn’t be done.”

First, over the social media post that I’ve written, I want to express my sincere apologies to the people who have suffered because of COVID-19 and to those who have been disrupted in their administrative work.

Bad judgment. I knew that’s what this was.”

He goes to explain that he wanted people to be more aware of the situation in hopes of minimizing the number of people who are suffering from COVID-19. He says he fears that as people spend leisure time during such season without precautions, they could cause a secondary wave of infections. He also revealed that his father had recently undergone lung cancer surgery,

“My father had lung cancer surgery, and went to the hospital often. When I saw the medical staff and patients at the hospital, I felt angry and I wished that people thought of the virus as not someone else’s problem but their own.”

Jaejoong also explains that there are many people who continue to roam around without wearing masks and thought there should be more awareness,

“I want to convey the dangerousness of the current situation to them one way or another. ‘please listen, please don’t get sick.’

There are also confirmed cases among those I know. It made me feel that this is not something that is happening far away and it made more scared. Self-reflecting after losing someone is of no help.

It’s frustrating but I want to try harder than now to get through this difficult time together. My post today…. it went very far, but if people pay a lot of attention to it, they might listen. This method hurt a lot of people and I am receiving criticism for it.”

He ended his statement apologizing again to the government agencies, medical professionals and everyone who gave up their lifestyle during such times.

Related: Why Jaejoong Could Face Legal Punishment For His Coronavirus April Fool’s Joke

What do you think of his apology?

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해서는 안 될 행동이라고도 저 스스로도 인식하고 있습니다. 먼저 제가 SNS 쓴 글로 인해 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 피해 받으신 분들, 행정업무에 지장을 받으신 분들께 진심으로 죄송하다는 말씀과 사과드립니다. 옳지 않다는 판단. 알고 있습니다. 현재 느슨해진 바이러스로부터의 대처 방식과 위험성의 인식. 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 피해 받을 분들을 최소화시키기 위해 경각심을 가졌으면 하는 마음에서 메시지를 전달하고 싶었습니다. 봄이 찾아와 따뜻해진 계절의 야외에서의 여가생활, 개학이 미뤄지고 여유로워진 시간을 활용한 밀폐된 공간에서의 접촉 등으로 제2의 제3의 코로나 패닉을 낳을 수 있다는 생각에 너무나 무섭습니다. 저의 아버지도 얼마 전 폐암 수술을 받으시고 줄곧 병원에 다니셨습니다. 그러면서 병원에 계신 의료진과 환자들을 보면서 뭔가 화가 나기도 하고 바이러스가 남의 일이 아니라 자신의 일이었다면 하는 생각이 들었습니다. 그래서 정작 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 벗어나고자 노력하는 분들과는 반대로 평상시와 다를 바 없는 복장과 마스크를 착용하지 않은채 여가생활을 즐기고 계시는 분들이 많다는 이야기에 경각심이 필요 하다 생각 했습니다 다양한 정보매체와 인터넷에서도 크고 작은 주의를 요청하고 있는 가운데 그 이야기를 들어주지 않는 사람들에게 어떻게해서든 현시점의 위험성을 전달하고 싶었습니다. "제발. 귀 기울여주세요. 제발. 아프지 말고 아픔을 겪지 마세요." 라구요. 제 주변에서마저도 확진자가 생겨나고 있습니다. 먼 곳의 이야기가 아니란 걸 확신했고 두려움은 배로 느껴졌습니다. 사람을 잃고 나서야 반성하는 태도는 아무런 도움이 되지 않습니다. 답답하고 힘들지만 지금보다 더.. 조금 더 노력해서 이 힘든 시기를 함께 이겨내고 싶습니다. 오늘의 글..지나치지만, 지나칠 정도의 관심을 가져주신다면 이야를 들어주지 않을까라는 방법이 많은 분들에게 상처를 드리고 비난을 받고 있습니다. 제 글로 인하여 코로나 바이러스를 위해 애쓰시는 정부기관과 의료진들 그리고 지침에 따라 생활을 포기 하며 극복을 위해 힘쓰는 많은 분들께 상심을 드린 점 진심으로 사과드립니다.

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My Personal Thoughts

I am starting to believe that Jaejoong is a lot less charming and sensible than I thought, like by a large margin…

Not only a very simple way of thinking but very diva-like that he believes such a joke would instigate such a response from fans…. over 1 billion people are in self-quarantine and anyone with a brain is taking it seriously, did he seriously think that people will take it seriously if he said he had it?  

This will annoy others who like Jaejoong but it seems to me that he thinks his opinion and statement matter more than it actually does… You’re a singer, Jaejoong not a doctor and not a government official… what are you talking about?

How is faking being infected help people realize they’ve been fucking up and should listen to you? Who are you to instigate such a response? His statement screams arrogance to me….

This feels as if Jaejoong lives in his own world and is so disconnected from everyone else. While idols can help through donations and raise awareness, I won’t be taking their ‘April fool’s prank’ as a wakeup call to start social distancing or wear a mask in public. Any sensible human being is already doing that.

This is common knowledge, not an outlier situation that needs Jaejoong feedback or else the world would go crazy…. He should’ve just apologized and not try to explain why he did it because it just made him sound so disconnected its becoming funny at this point.


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