Yoo Seung Jun made his first public appearance in 10 years at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards. He was very pleased with how he was treated by celebrities there at the award show.
After MAMA on November 30th he had a press conference where he met with many reporters and he expressed his feelings about that evening: “I came to meet my sunbaes and hoobaes. I was happy to see Psy and the others. All the celebrities hugged me (smiles). I came with hopes that K-pop and MAMA will help spread Korean Entertainment across the globe. I know it may not be my place but I wanted to cheer on my hoobaes.“
He also shared how hurt he was as well about his scandal that required him to be deported from Korea: “I was 26 back then and now I am 36. For the past 10 years I went through hardships that I cannot explain with words and got to where I am today. I am really hurt. I really hope that there will be a chance where I can greet you in Korea.”
He was involved in an avoiding military enlistment scandal back in 2002, which resulted in him being deported from Korea and all his activities were halted. Because of his deportation, he went to China to work and other places and was signed to JC Group International, which is Jackie Chan‘s entertainment company. He does wish that one day he would be able to work in Korea again.
Yoo Seung Jun attended the red carpet event with his co-stars of “12 Chinese Zodiac” to promote the movie along with Jackie Chan.
The transcript of the press conference is below for you to view:
Q. Could you please say a greeting?
A. I am singer Yoo Seung Jun. Nice to see you.
Q. It has been 10 years since you stood in front of the media, a lot of thoughts must be going through your head.
A. I am sad that there was no time to properly prepare. I just got off the plane, didn’t get my make up done and came here just wearing what I was on the plane. Jackie Chan is very busy and the plane was delayed so I am sad to present myself like this. I came to MAMA as an actor as I had the opportunity to appear in Jackie’s new movie.
Q. How are you feeling right now?
A. Since it has been so long, I am a bit nervous, and standing in front of so many people it is very overwhelming. I wanted to meet you guys even earlier and Jackie encouraged me to come here.
Q. Do you have plans to resume activities in Korea?
A. Currently I do not have any plans to promote in Korea.
Q. This whole scandal started because of military service. Do you have any plans to serve?
A. The military is a sensitive topic so I do not think I should answer that question. It is hard to explain with a few words. I was 26 then but now I am 36. For the past 10 years I went through hardships that I cannot explain with words and got to where I am today. I am really hurt.
Q. How did you decide to attend MAMA?
A. I came to meet my sunbaes and hoobaes. I was happy to see Psy and the others. All the celebrities hugged me (smiles). I came with the hopes that K-pop and MAMA will help spread Korean Entertainment across the globe. I know it may not be my place but I wanted to cheer on my hoobaes.
Q. Any final words?
A. It’s true. I want to see all of you again and I love you. I really hope that the next time I can greet you, the location will be in Korea.
For any K-pop lovers that do not know who Yoo Seung Jun is, here is one of his music videos for you to enjoy!
Article By: Rachel & Jenny
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