In the very early hours of December 20 in South Korea, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, fellow artist and close friend to the late SHINee member Jonghyun, posted a message onto her Instagram account that expressed her love for friend, as well as her grief over his recent death.
Taeyeon posted several photos of Jonghyun performing at a concert and wrote:
그게 너고 또 다른 그 또한 너라고 해서 널 사랑하지 않을 사람은 없어. 널 무지 좋아하고 사랑하고 토닥여 주고싶고 한번이라도 더 안아주고 싶었어. 그게 내가 할 수 있는 일이었는데 이렇게 기회를 잃고 후회하고 있는 내가 너무 밉다. 너무 안타깝고 아깝고 소중한 우리 종현이. 전화해서 이름 부르면 당장이라도 하이톤으로 으응! 할것같은 우리 종현이 많이 보고싶어. 누나가 많이 못 안아줘서 미안해 사랑해 그리고 고마워. lonely 누나 생각하며 썼다는 그 과정을 다 기억해. 우린 비슷하잖아. 닮았고. 그 느낌들을 알잖아. 내 인생에 제일 특이하고 멋지고 훌륭한 아티스트 김종현 너무 많이 보고싶고 손잡아 주고싶다. 종현아 넌 최고야 너무 수고했어? 외롭지않게 해줄게.
“That is you, and there is no one who won’t love you because there is another, different you. I really like you and love you, and I want to comfort you and hug you one more time. That was something I could do, and I hate myself for losing that chance and regretting it. How sad and what a waste, our precious Jonghyun. It seems like if I called you right now, you would reply ‘Yes!’ in a high-tone. Our Jonghyun, I miss you. I’m sorry that I couldn’t hug you often, I love you and thank you. I remember the entire process of you writing the song Lonely, which you said you wrote thinking about me. We’re similar, we’re alike. We know those feelings. The most special, awesome, and greatest artist in my life, Jonghyun, I miss you a lot and want to hold your hand.
Jonghyun, you’re the best.
You’ve worked hard.
I’ll make sure you aren’t lonely.”
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