The Japanese agency of the music group TVXQ has brushed off rumors about a member’s departure.
Avex, TVXQ’s agency in Japan, responded on the group’s official Web site on Apr. 13, "Youngwoong Jaejoong, a member of the group, will never leave TVXQ."
On Apr. 8, a day after Youngwoong Jaejoong was caught by police for drunk driving, Avex posted a message on TVXQ’s homepage, apologizing to the fans and disclosing a plan to operate the group without him for the time being. This caused some fans to worry that Youngwoong Jaejoong might leave the group.
In the message entitled "To TVXQ’s Fans," Avex apologized once again, "We are really sorry for causing anxiety to you because Youngwoong Jaejoong had his driver’s license suspended for drunk driving in Korea."
Avex also said, "Some fans have worriedly asked if Youngwoong Jaejoong might leave the group. But we can assure you that he would never leave TVXQ."
The Japanese agency concluded by saying, "We will decide after having enough dialogue with Youngwoong Jaejoong if and when he can rejoin the group. We ask you to keep supporting TVXQ."
Without Youngwoong Jaejoong, the other four members of TVXQ will appear on Mnet Japan’s special program entitled "M! Countdown in Japan" to be held at Budokan in Japan on Apr. 15 to celebrate the network’s founding anniversary. Meanwhile, Avex has not clarified yet if Youngwoong Jaejoong will join TVXQ on its Japan concert tour of the seven cities Sapporo, Osaka, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Niikata and Tokyo from May 13 to Jun. 28.