Updated October 18 KST:
In response to the reaction following Kim Heechul’s Instagram post on October 17, Label SJ has spoken about his statement.
The agency has said, “The post that Kim Heechul wrote due to his worries about his chronic leg pain ahead of their comeback has been misinterpreted. Kim Heechul will be taking part in Super Junior’s activities as normal.”
On October 17, Super Junior’s Kim Heechul wrote a message on Instagram to explain that his chronic pain will affect his ability to fully take part in the group’s upcoming album promotions.
His full message is as follows:
“Firstly, I’m writing this post while feeling sorry to my members, since I promised I wouldn’t write meaningful posts on social media.
“Many already know, but I’m unable to use my left leg properly because of a car accident 11 years ago.
“However, I’ve been having fun and enjoying doing activities since that time, and I’ve done so while smiling no matter how much it hurt.
“But maybe because a lot of time has passed… I’ve now become more fearful too. As I said on ‘Life Bar’ recently, my ankle pain has often become more severe.
“Sometimes people around me will joke, ‘Come on, it’s been ten years so it must be all better now!’ or ‘Aren’t you just faking it because you don’t want to dance?’ and I’d force myself to smile and move on. It’s because I’ve been doing variety shows since my debut, and in a way I’ve been living a smooth and happy life through variety… so I thought that I have to always make people laugh and act like everything is fine.
“Being a human means that even if I try to do mind control and tell myself ‘I’ll be okay’ and ‘It will get better,’ when my body doesn’t follow along, the inverse proportion with my positive thoughts makes me feel the pain even more.
“In conclusion, Super Junior is making a comeback on November 6. Since we’re making a comeback for the first time in a long while, the members and fans are all excited… and I was of course excited too.
“But I think that I will probably not be able to do normal activities. I apologize again to the fans and members who’ve waited a long time but… I really have no confidence at all [that I can]… Because I have always been thinking this in my heart, I am ashamed to face the members and fans.
“If I can make you understand and receive forgiveness with the excuse ‘I have to work hard in variety and promote!’ then I will be even more grateful as I smile and receive rehabilitation treatment, and I will try to keep my strength up.
“I finish up this post by apologizing to anyone who has possibly felt uncomfortable while reading this selfish message.
“Please don’t get a cold, and no matter how annoying it is, I ask you to always wear a seatbelt while you’re in the car.
먼저 SNS에 의미심장한 말 남기지 않기로 약속한 멤버들에게 미안한 마음을 가지며 글을 씁니다 아시는 분들은 아시겠지만 저는 11년 전 교통사고로 왼쪽 다리를 제대로 쓸 수 없는 상태입니다 그래도 그동안 재밌고 즐겁게 활동해왔고, 아무리 아파도 웃으며 했습니다 근데 세월이 많이 흘러서인지.. 저도 겁이 많아지네요. 얼마 전 인생술집에서 얘기 했듯이 발목 통증이 심해지는 경우가 잦아졌습니다 간혹 주변에서 농담으로 저에게 "에이~ 10년도 넘었으면 다 나은거지~", "일부러 춤 추기 싫어서 뺑끼 쓰는거 아냐?" 라는 말도 억지웃음을 지으며 넘겼습니다. 저는 데뷔 초부터 예능을 했었고, 어찌보면 예능으로 순탄하고 행복한 삶을 살고 있으니까.. 늘 웃음을 드리고 아무렇지 않은 모습을 보여드려야 한다고 생각했으니까요.. 참.. 이게 사람이란게 '나는 괜찮겠지', '나을거야' 라고 마인드 컨트롤을 해봤자 몸이 안따라주면 저의 긍정적인 생각들과는 반비례로 더 아픔을 느끼게 되더라구요 결론은, 저희 Super Junior는 11월 6일에 컴백합니다. 오랜만의 컴백이라 멤버, 팬 모두가 들떠있고.. 저 역시 들떠있었습니다 근데 제가 아마 정상적인 활동을 못할 것 같습니다. 오래 기다려주신 팬분들, 멤버들에게 다시 한번 미안한 마음을 전하지만.. 도저히 자신이 없네요.. 늘 마음 속으로 이런 생각을 했던 저로서는 지금 멤버들, 팬분들을 볼 면목도 없습니다 '난 예능에서 열심히 하고 홍보를 해야지!' 라는 핑계로 이해를 시키고, 용서를 받을 수 있다면 더욱 더 감사한 마음을 갖고 웃고 재활치료를 받으며, 힘을 내도록 하겠습니다 제 이기심이 담긴 긴 글을 읽고 혹시나 불쾌함을 가지실 수도 있는 분들께 사과의 말씀 드리며 글을 마칩니다.. 다들 감기 조심 하시고, 아무리 귀찮더라도 차에 타실 때 안전벨트 착용 부탁드립니다.. 감사합니다
Kim Heechul’s left leg was fractured in a car accident in 2006. He recently stated on the show “Life Bar” that after rehearsing choreography for Super Junior’s comeback, he cried because he was unable to get up from bed due to pain in his ankle.
Super Junior will be making a return with their eighth full album on November 6, which is the group’s 12th anniversary.
We wish Kim Heechul all the best with his rehabilitation.