TVXQ expresses their thoughts about their comeback and JYJ
Worldwide Daily News and National Daily News recently met with the TVXQ members, Yunho (25) and Changmin (23), on January 11th at the SM Entertainment-managed ‘EverySing Karaoke’ event in Seoul. The duo shared their thoughts on their long-awaited comeback, their musical concept, and the strained relationship they hold with JYJ.
To begin, Changmin said: “The concept of standing up on stage for our comeback after such a long time was more nerve-wrecking than the fact that our group was reduced from five to two members. Once we stood up on stage, I realized I was a singer; it was really a tear-jerking moment.”
Yunho expressed, “I’m thankful to all the fans who waited for us. My condition wasn’t up to par for our broadcasts last week, but seeing our fans passionately supporting us gave me overflowing strength.”
He continued, “Musically, we kept with the same colors of TVXQ. We exploited of all our strong points to the best of our ability by assigning Changmin to the higher notes while I took the bass, all the while putting great focus on our performance. We were worried that our polar opposite voices might not match, but we ended up with a good result and a new color.”
Changmin stated, “We made some changes along with the member adjustments. If we put emphasis on a lot of us singing the chorus in harmony before, then this time, we’ve changed so that our music can keep both keep of our vocals alive; we’ve also changed our methods in expressing our emotions for the song.”
When asked about their reason behind performing a ballad song, “How Can I”, for their first comeback stage, Yunho answered, “We sang it because we thought it would have a mass public appeal. We wanted to approach the fans with a variety of genres by throwing out our ‘TVXQ: the dance group’ image.”
With regards to the new album concept, “It’s music with a middle-ground between our personalities and our harmonization. We tried our best in filling up the space of the withdrawn members, and we focused on masculine and dynamic choreography.”
“TVXQ is a team that was created by SM. Whatever their motive was for withdrawing from the group, we waited for them solve their problems with the company and come back to us.”
Changmin expressed, “We thought we needed to protect TVXQ’s name. When a swarm of geese prepare to migrate, they never forget to make the correct formation. I don’t think it’s right when a few of the geese who chose to broke away still considered themselves as part of the flock.”
With JYJ being unable to make appearances on TV shows and broadcasts, there have recently been an influx of speculations regarding the situation between TVXQ and JYJ. TVXQ expressed, “It’s not like our hearts are comfortable about this either. We are suffering difficulties, we just feel it’s more appropriate if we don’t say it.”
When asked whether the meanings of ‘betrayal’ and ‘regret’ in their “Keep Your Head Down” track was aimed towards the absent members, Yunho replied, “When you listen to the song, it is possible to think the song is talking about them, considering the similar situations. However each person’s interpretation of the song is different, and it’s only about a man who is sending away his previous love.”
Yunho also added, “In my darkest moments, I thought about TVXQ being forgotten. It’s true that we’re becoming more distant with those friends. We needed to solve this inner grudge but we hadn’t been in contact for such a long time, and as a leader of a group for 8 years, it hurt a lot.”
“When I was depressed, I rode the subway and wandered the streets by myself, and I learned a lot from it. I even went mountain climbing, and just like how I had to go through a difficult path to get to the top of the mountain, I also believe that this was an important time for TVXQ in order to get back on the right track.”
He continued, “We will definitely show why we’re TVXQ through our music. We will do our best in not being a disappointment to anyone.”
Changmin added, “We’re also aware of those who look at TVXQ in a negative light. Going on stage and using our fans’ support to wipe out those criticisms is our responsibility. We’ve come back prepared to take on that responsibility.”
If this article is legitimate and has the correct translations and if Changmin and Yunho really said these things about the other three members, then I’m really disappointed and sad because I was able to confirm that indeed, the two of them have a grudge against JaeJoong, Yoochun and Junsu. I can’t blame them for having such feelings toward the other three but I just didn’t expect it to be this serious. I know they didn’t really say any hurtful things to the three explicitly but IN MY OPINION, just by reading their answers, I can almost feel the anger in their words. All along, I thought the two of them understood the reason why the three members left and that they accepted it because they respect the decisions of their close friends, but it looks like I was wrong.
It’s so saddening that their 8 years of friendship has to come to this point. I love the boys so much but for the first time since all of this started, I’m seriously feeling like I’m slowly losing hope. Everything that’s happened recently – the division within Cassiopeia, the controversy surrounding HoMin’s comeback, the bashing of JYJ by other SME artists and now the words of HoMin – is making my faith crumble.
I haven’t said anything yet since all the controversies about Cassiopeia and HoMin’s comeback came out. For the first time, I’m going to say what I’ve been keeping to myself for the past few days just to avoid saying something that I might regret in the future. But I guess I have to let it out now because I’m already getting tired and frustrated trying to keep it to myself in an attempt to avoid hurting other people especially our precious boys and my fellow fans.
I’m glad that Yunho and Changmin finally came back to the limelight, but I must admit that I wasn’t too happy about it. I cannot bring myself to jump for joy for their comeback because I still cannot accept the idea of them coming back using the name TVXQ, which for me was and will always be reserved only for the five members doing activities together. Add to that, I am one of those fans who just don’t believe the explanation that the lyrics of KYHD is just about betrayal between lovers and not directed to JYJ. Truthfully speaking, I only watched the videos of their comeback on Music Bank once and I never watched their other performances in other music shows like Music Core and Inkigayo. I don’t have the heart to watch it and I somehow feel like a bad fan because of it, but what can I do? I just feel like I’m intentionally hurting myself if I do that because I know that I still cannot bear to watch Yunho and Changmin singing that song that seems to be an attack to the brothers that they’ve been with for 8 years. I just can’t.
The bashing of SME’s artists against Junsu on social networking sites also added to the distance I’m slowly feeling towards Yunho and Changmin. I know it’s not their fault but the mere fact that they didn’t say anything to make the other artists stop is just disappointing. I know they have hard feelings toward JYJ because of everything that has happened. That’s inevitable and I understand that. But I somehow wished they could have defended or protected Junsu from the bashing and hurtful comments of those idols – if not out of love, at least for the sake of their 8 years of being together. I didn’t expect them to defend Junsu by coming out and saying hurtful things to those idols in return but at least I wish they could have asked them to stop ganging up on him and for those idols to not involve themselves in TVXQ’s situation.
And of course, the division within Cassiopeia. To me, this is as hard as the separation of the TVXQ members. I have always been proud of Cassiopeia and to see the situation of this fandom now is really very painful. It’s heartbreaking to know that the amazing fanclub that all other fanclubs are looking up to is slowly breaking. But I cannot really blame KCassies, for deciding to choose sides. Like me and the other fans all over the world, they did everything in their power to protect and preserve the name TVXQ until the day that they will finally use it and comeback as five again. But by SME announcing that TVXQ will only be composed of 2 members from now on and even releasing a song whose lyrics are seemingly directed to the other three members as their comeback song, KCassies were really hit hard. I think the announcement of SME regarding the opening of registration for the new members of Cassiopeia and implying that it’s the fanclub of the “new” TVXQ was also the last straw for KCassies. It was like that announcement was implying that all those supporting the three members and those who are supporting all five members can no longer be considered as part of Cassiopeia. It’s like robbing the KCassies of the identity that they’ve had for so long. That really hurt them a lot and that led them to their decision to choose between JYJ and HoMin.
I am not in favor of choosing sides but I do understand and respect the decision of KCassies. It’s hard to support a project or the people who are affiliated with someone who has hurt you big time. I’m sure the KCassies who chose to support JYJ from now on still love and care for Yunho and Changmin but it’s just plain hard to physically support them (in terms of album sales) because doing that would benefit SME. It’s the same case for me. I love Yunho and Changmin but right now, I’m indifferent with regards to their activities. I’m so fed up with SME and knowing that the two are still under that company and are even choosing to side with it instead of the three members, I just can’t bring myself to be as supportive to them as I am with JYJ’s activities.
I am slowly losing all the hope and faith I have but I’m trying my best to hold on even to the thinnest strand that’s left in me. I’m getting tired of waiting but I’m trying to be more patient by thinking that TVXQ is worth the long wait. I just wish this would end soon because I don’t know up to when can I hold on to my promise to keep the faith.
There you go. I’ve let out everything I’ve been keeping for the past few days. I know some of you (the readers) won’t like my opinions and I probably will receive another hate mail again but well, I just need to release this out of my chest and my mind. I just hope people would respect my opinions and not use it as a ground for argument because after all, these are my PERSONAL THOUGHTS and I’m not convincing you to agree with me. I just hate it when some readers leave comments (or send me emails) telling me how wrong my opinions are and badmouth me for voicing out my thoughts in my OWN blog. All I’m asking is for those people to show some respect.
P.S. It’s my first time after so many months to write something like this again. I really miss these personal moments where I can share my thoughts to my readers. I’ve been busy the past few months with work so I only post the news and I don’t often leave my personal comments anymore. I’m glad that I’ve done it again today. :)