2PM’s Park Jaebeom Quits?Posted September 8th, 2009 At 7:11 pm By MTV ASIA
TEXT: LENNAT MAK
It was just another regular afternoon in the MTV office. Folks running around doing their daily work. Me? I was just kicking back, listening to Korea’s super boybands 2PM and 2AM (how utterly confusing!), upon the request of my blog editor. To be frank, much as I love music, I’m not one of those who blatantly declare “I listen to all music!” In reality, no one really does and anyone who dares say that, is a phoney. You listen to all music? How about death jazz? Middle Eastern garage rock? Baroque pop? I’m ready to admit that I only listen to certain genres and Korean and Japanese Pop definitely aren’t part of them.
But as a music blogger, I’m ready for change (although I really love my dollars). So, if I must understand the allure of K/J-Pop, I must then, delve right into the belly of the beast. And since the lovely boys from 2AM performed at the MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia’s post party and were ever so charming, I raided one of the designers’ desk and absconded with 2PM’s “2:00PM Time For Change” (how apt!) and 2AM’s “Time For Confession” (is this a coincidence?) and attempted the impossible – Fall in love with K-Pop.
While I was looking through the elaborately designed CD sleeves and trying to tell the boys from 2AM and 2PM apart, someone shouted over the desks and disrupted the peace of the day: 2PM’s leader, Park Jaebeom, has quit the group!
Gasp. Shock. Horror. I haven’t even heard enough to tell the songs apart just yet. Now I have to deal with the traumatizing possibilities of a new line-up while I was getting on with the old.
According to reports, Jaebeom has been blasted for his controversial remarks (allegedly “I hate Koreans”) he made between 2005 – 2007 on MySpace. The comments were made way before he made it big with 2PM and were recently publicized, much to the outrage of the public (*Edit: Apparently, it wasn’t the fans. They are more than supportive for Jaebeom, as you can see from the comments below) who wanted blood for his reckless and immature behavior. Although he has apologized and JYP Entertainment’s CEO Park Jin-young has given his statement that Jaebeom would stay in the group, the situation turned for the worst. On September 8, Jaebeom posted on Fancafe with the following statement:
“Hello, I’m 2PM’s Jaebeom.
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.
As reported by www.asiae.co.kr, Jaebeom will be returning to United States (Update: Oh, he already did!) and 2PM will continue their worldwide domination. (*Edit: Rumors that Lee Junho would be taking over as the newly appointed band leader are currently unverified.)
So much drama indeed. All you K-Pop fans out there, any thoughts on this? While you are at it, give me your hearty recommendations for which K/J-Pop groups to check out. Reason? I wouldn’t want this to happen to me, even though events of this outrageous murder over Wonder Girls might be grossly exaggerated.