Stray Kids’ Hyunjin tears up at concert: ‘I still don't understand why fans love me’

Published May 2, 2022, 9:37 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

K-pop boy band Stray Kids member Hyunjin became emotional and was in tears during the group’s concert in Seoul.

On April 29 and 30, and May 1, the idol group held the “Stray Kids 2nd World Tour: Maniac” at Jamsil Indoor Stadium.

On the last day, Hyunjin told fans during the ending portion of the concert, “I think you only get to see something this wonderful after enduring for a long time. That makes everything more priceless and valuable.”

Stray Kids’ Hyunjin (Instagram)

“I’m not used to being loved this much, and I’ve been questioning if I ever deserve to be loved. Honestly, I still don’t understand why fans love me,” he said, according to SBS News.

According to Hyunjin, “But I love being loved. I want to be loved continuously. So I’ve decided to become stronger.”

“I hope my existence doesn’t hurt you. Looking back after time has passed, everything only becomes more valuable. Thank you to the members for not falling down, and thank you to Stays who also didn’t trip.”

He promised fans that “I will do my absolute best so the word ‘love’ would immediately come to your mind when you think of me. I will make you proud and happy. I love you, Stay.”

In February last year, Hyunjin was embroiled in a controversy when he was accused of bullying that happened while he was in middle school.

At the time, JYP Entertainment announced that Hyunjin would stop all his activities.

“We would like to inform you about the future activities of Stray Kids’ Hyunjin. We are currently contacting everyone in-charge of the activities for which Hyunjin was already committed to participate in and coordinating the best way to cancel the activities that would minimize the damage. This process took some time and the announcement of Hyunjin’s future activities was delayed,” it said.

It added, “Hyunjin will self-reflect after stopping all his activities as a celebrity. He is sincerely regretting hurting many people with harsh and inappropriate words during his middle school days . He sincerely apologized to those who have been hurt and he will do his best to heal their wounds. We sincerely apologize for causing great concern.”

Hyunjin apologized about the bullying controversy, writing, “First of all, I sincerely apologize to those who were hurt by my wrong words and actions while in school. Looking back at what I did in my days when I was lacking, I am ashamed and there is no excuse. I realized that my words and actions, in which I didn’t know how to be considerate of others, hurt others. It’s too late but I will reflect on it deeply.”

“I don’t think I can ever be forgiven for inflicting an unforgettable wound on someone whether intentionally or unintentionally. I am deeply reflecting as I know that the scars I left will not disappear completely just because I apologized and the apology was accepted,” he said.

After five months, Hyunjin resumed his career after undergoing self-reflection over the school violence controversy.

“Hyunjin met with people who could be identified in February, apologized in person, cleared up misunderstandings and decided to support each other in the future,” his agency said.

 
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