Agencies of Jungkook, Cha Eun-woo, Mingyu, and Jaehyun apologize for Itaewon outing

May 18, 2020, 08:44 pm

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BTS’s Jungkook, ASTRO’s Cha Eun-woo, SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu, and NCT127’s Jaehyun apologized for visiting Itaewon where a new COVID-19 cluster emerged recently.

They have reportedly hung out in a restaurant and two bars in the neighborhood of Itaewon from the evening of April 25 till dawn on April 26. 

Following the report, each idol’s agencies released official statements stating that the report is true and that all idols had tested negative for COVID-19. 

Jungkook’s agency Big Hit Entertainment said, “It is true that Jungkook went to the neighborhood of Itaewon, but he did not go to the place that became a problem due to the confirmed case in early May. Jungkook was in Itaewon a week prior to the first confirmed case (related to the Itaewon cluster). Moreover, to abide by the government’s guidelines, Jungkook took measures such as receiving a test for COVID-19, so we deemed it in appropriate to reveal our artist’s private life to the public. However, as the agency of the artist, we had not properly recognized the heavy importance of social distancing and prioritized the protection of the artist’s private life over it. We apologize to everyone.”

Cha Eun-woo’s agency Fantagio shared, “We have confirmed that Cha Eun-woo visited Itaewon on April 25. We apologize that he didn’t follow social distancing guidelines and caused concern due to our careless management. Cha Eun-woo did not go to the location that became a problem in early May with a confirmed case. No matter the reason, it was a thoughtless action for our artist to visit Itaewon when the entire nation is practicing social distancing, and the artist himself is deeply reflecting on nor faithfully contributing to the social distancing efforts.”

Mingyu’s agency Pledis said, “We deeply apologize for causing concern to many with the report regarding Mingyu’s visit to Itaewon. Mingyu is deeply reflecting on his appropriate behavior of not abiding by the social guidelines during the government social distancing period.”

Jaehyun’s agency SM Entertainment said, “We apologize for causing concern during a time when many people are struggling due to COVID-19. Jaehyun is deeply reflecting on the fact that he was not careful during the social distancing period when everyone should be refraining from every gathering. We also apologize for failing to guide and manage our artist to ensure that he carefully follow social distancing protocols during his personal time as well.”

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