101219 JYJ – ‘TVXQ only holds meaning when all 5 of us are present’
‘We’re so excited and touched, although it’s actually somewhat laughable that we got so emotional over being able to go on Korean TV as Korean singers. All we wanted was to be able to see our fans…’
The above were the words of JYJ members Jaejoong (24), Yoochun (24) and Junsu (23) from an interview on the 16th in Yeouido.
Since filing a lawsuit against their management company SM Entertainment, the three released a worldwide album entitled ‘The Beginning’ in October and began their activities as a 3-member unit through concerts and fanmeetings. However, not only has the KFCPAI sent out official letters of request to broadcasting stations requesting the prevention of JYJ promotions, SM has also expressed concern over their activities.
Due to issues with attaining work visas in the USA, free showcases had to be held in the US this November.
‘When we found out that our US visa applications had been denied, we knew we were faced with a crisis and a challenge, but since we’d already made promises to our fans, there was no way we could cancel the shows. In the end we decided change them into free shows. Our crew over at the US were incredibly touched by our sincerity and determination, so it all turned out well.’
When asked whether or not the lyrics in ‘Pierrot’ (‘In front of me, my bro. in front of money, I’m nothing’) were directed towards SM, JYJ replied ‘It is a song we wrote whilst thinking back to the days of our debut. When were still rookies, acts of social pressure such as compulsory education and abuse of rights was still prevalent. In terms of freedom being restricted, different people have different interpretations.’
With regard to the other members releasing a new album and promoting as Dong Bang Shin Ki this coming January, JYJ said ‘Obviously we want them to be successful in their activities, but the name ‘Dong Bang Shin Ki’ only has meaning when all 5 of us are present. On those grounds, it is somewhat regretful. Our group is named ‘JYJ’ and we do not have a leader; we feel that our separation is merely the result of our current situation. One day, we will be together again.’
Having given honest, genuine answers when discussing issues revolving SM and broadcast companies, the three reverted to their usual playful selves when asked everyday life. When the topic of their hobbies and ways of spending free time came up, Jaejoong replied ‘I hung 50 baubles to decorate my Christmas tree,’ and Yoochun revealed ‘recently (we’ve) been making fun of Junsu a lot but he doesn’t really get mad’
When the three 24 year olds were asked about their plans for Christmas, Jaejoong said ‘If I had a girlfriend, I’d like to go on a date with her holding hands, but I guess right now the only thing I can do is go out for soju with the members and our manager?’ Yoochun and Junsu chimed in ‘Soju is best with sausage. Let’s go and eat sausage.’
Credits: mickybar + Kuki News
Trans by: dorfehh@DBSKnights
OMG, I wanted to cry after reading their answers about their first TV appearance after the lawsuit started as well as their feelings about Yunho and Changmin’s comeback using the group name “TVXQ”. :'(