Leeteuk Unfazed by Criticism, Vows to Keep Same Phone Number

On April 3, Super Junior’s Leeteuk announced he would keep the same cellphone number and use it as a channel to communicate with his fans.

Leeteuk tweeted, “Heading off to the France concert! Will do our best since it’s the first solo concert! Ah! And I’m keeping my cellphone number! I’m going to keep it as a place to communicate with you guys. I’ll let you know when it changes!”

The Super Junior’s leader caused quite a commotion online when he revealed his cellphone number on April 1 as an April Fools’ Day prank. He first posted a hint, without the last three digits, but after it became a problem, he released his full number. Shortly after he made his number public, his phone received more than 5,000 messages instantly, causing it to freeze and shutdown.

The following day, however, some fans criticized Leeteuk for his thoughtless act because the number he hinted at initially was in fact an existing number, causing curious fans to call that number from as early as 4AM. Leeteuk later clarified his fans, after receiving complaints from the victim’s friends, but failed to apologize to the owner of the original number, causing netizens to get upset over him.

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