101222 JYJ’s Christmas? “Without Girlfriends, Most Likely Just The 3 Of Us Drinking Soju”
You guys have received the Daesung Award at the Golden Disk Awards in 2006 and 2008. Have you watched this year’s award ceremony?
“Yes. Many new feelings emerge when we reminisce about the past. It has been 2 years since we last stood on that stage, so we deeply treasure the award.” (Yoochun)
It is rumored that Hero Jaejoong is very popular amongst the Japanese female celebrities, and is dating right now?
“Those are just fabricated rumors. Although I do indeed maintain close relationships with the female artists, I am currently not dating anyone. Japan and Korea are different in a sense that the relationships between artists are very relaxed and they often meet up privately. My relationship with Ayumi Hamasaki is very good, so that’s maybe why the rumor the started.” (Jaejoong)
“Jaejoong possess many attractive points that Japanese women like, such as cuteness and sexiness, so he is very popular, but he definitely does not have a girlfriend.” (Yoochun)
Korean singers seem to enjoy immense popularity in Japan…
“The statuses of Korean singers have been rising. It can be said that when someone talks about Korean singers, people will think of excellent dancing and vocal abilities topped off with outstanding looks. Aside from those strengths, Korean males have a higher tolerance for alcohol, but their body figures are still great, so Japanese people may long for that too.” (Jaejoong)
In the past, you guys have had very tough experiences in Japan. Can you still continue on with your activities there now?
“We’ve already predicted that there would be difficulties to face. Being able to release an English album is already a very fortunate thing for us. Although we may be sad sometimes, we hope that the situation will be settled quickly so we can meet our Japanese fans again.” (Junsu)
Although you guys knew it would be difficult, for what reason did you still choose to leave the group? Aren’t you afraid of being called ‘traitors’ behind your backs?
“Before we made up our mind, we spent over a year living in confusion. At that time there were external worries regarding our careers, profit allocations, and other factors that may have lead to the conflicting speculations of the public. However, our answers will always be consistent. When we look back on our lives, would we feel that ‘that time was truly happy?’ The conclusion we came up with is ‘most likely not.’ That is why we didn’t have the reason to continue on with our hesitations. Although we may have let down the fans who have loved and helped us all this time, we felt that this was the path to go on for our own lives.” (Junsu)
Nevertheless, it must not have been easy to give up on your extreme popularity right?
“At that time, we prepared for worst-case scenario, which was not being able to continue on as singers. If we didn’t have the mental preparation for that, it would’ve been very hard to reach this decision. We even thought of being farmers in the countryside. We have prepared for a long battle that may last up to more than 10 years.” (Junsu)
“Yes, we pondered upon of the possibility that our careers in the entertainment industry could have ended and sometimes had the mindset that there wouldn’t be a good result. We thought that if all failed, we would pack up our stuff in our Seoul homes and go somewhere new to live.” (Yoochun)
You guys are also unable to carry out television activities, so there are still many more challenges to face right?
“Compared to before, it has become better. Although many different kinds of situations appear, it’s tough, but we have also learned how to fight those hardships. After something happens, we disconnect the internet and disregard those negative reports. It’s hard now, but we work hard to look towards the good side of things. If our expressions are always gloomy and sad, the people around us would have an even harder time. So, we recently started leaving happy thoughts and words on our twitters to interact with our fans.” (Jaejoong)
Have you been in contact with U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin who are still in SM Entertainment?
“Regrettably, we haven’t. Our original intent was to just leave the company, not the members of our group… We’ve seen the previews to their new album that will be released next year January, and we truly wish them the best of luck.” (Jaejoong)
Has the relationship between the 3 of you become deeper?
“Because of our busy schedules, we didn’t really have the time to gather together personally. But last month after our Seoul concert ended, the 3 of us went on a 2-week vacation around Korea from Kangwon to Busan. We even rode on a cruise ship in Hoengseong in search of the country’s most delicious restaurants. Junsu was really popular there.” (Yoochun)
When is the most glorious time for TVXQ?
“When the 5 members come together once again, it will be even more glorious than before. Hopefully, that day will come, even if we don’t know when it will become a reality. But, we hope to grasp onto this hope.” (Yoochun)
Do you have any special plans for Christmas?
“We don’t have girlfriends… so most likely the 3 of us will be together drinking Soju.” (Jaejoong)
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