On December 21, during TVXQ’s concert at the Tokyo Dome, Yunho suddenly called out Jonghyun’s name while performing the song “Somebody to Love.”
The TVXQ member, whose voice broke as he cried out for Jonghyun, later revealed that the moment was unplanned. He explained, “I called out Jonghyun’s name onstage without realizing it.” He went on to thank his fans for offering their emotional support during the concert.
Changmin added, “It’ll soon be Christmas. I hope many people spend it with the family, friends, and lovers that we often take for granted. There are many more people in the world than we think that are suffering from pain that no one knows about. Please love each other more in this cold season.”
TVXQ also opened their concert the night before by displaying a message in remembrance of Jonghyun. The duo wrote, “Jonghyun, who was like a younger brother to us, and who was an artist who shone even more brightly onstage because he was an extraordinary singer-songwriter, has left our side.
“We are truly heartbroken. We will never forget you. Everyone, please join us in remembering Jonghyun and his music. We will work hard during our live performance today while remembering Jonghyun.”
EXO also spoke about Jonghyun during their concert in Fukuoka on December 22. The group began the concert with a written message for Jonghyun, which stated in both Korean and Japanese, “Jonghyun, our senior artist who always shone onstage with his passionate music and performances, has left our side. The fact that we can no longer be together is sad and painful. Jonghyun, a true artist, we miss you and love you so much. We will remember you forever.”
The group also dedicated its final song of the night to Jonghyun. At the end of the concert, leader Suho remarked sadly, “Jonghyun, who was a friend, an older brother, a colleague, a senior artist, and a composer to us, has departed this world. I think that not only we, EXO, but also many fans here must be in pain as well.”
He went on, “We hope that Jonghyun, whom we love, will be happy and at peace. In that hope, we will sing ‘Angel,’ our last song for today.”
Suho also canceled his performance of EXO’s song “Playboy,” which was composed by Jonghyun. Up until then, he had performed a solo version of the song at every concert during the group’s recent tour.
Girls’ Generation member Seohyun also posted a heartfelt apology to Jonghyun on her Instagram. She wrote, “Even though I just came from seeing you off on your final departure, I still can’t believe that this is real. The Jonghyun that I saw by my side for over 10 years was always bright and passionate, an admirable person who brought happiness and laughter to the people around him. I deeply respected the way you put all your energy and soul into your singing onstage, and I loved seeing your kind, warm heart when you were offstage.
“I had only ever thought of you as someone who was strong and cool… I feel like such a fool and am filled with regret for having only ever thought of you that way.”
She went on to apologize for not having been able to help him, saying, “Why wasn’t I able to see any of those feelings [that you had inside], even though I was a close colleague? Why wasn’t I able to be of any use to you? How hard must it have been for you all this time? Only now have I learned that you had been suffering alone while bearing unimaginable amounts of pain on your own. I’m so sorry.
“And you really have done well all this time. I’ll pray that you can now rest in peace without feeling any pain. Jonghyun, who always shone brightly, I will remember you forever.”
오빠의 마지막 가는 길을 배웅하고 왔는데도..아직도 현실이라는게 믿기지가 않아..10년 넘게 옆에서 지켜본 오빠의 모습은 늘 밝고 열정적이고 주위 사람들에게 행복과 웃음을 주는 너무 멋진 사람이었어..무대 위에서 혼신의 힘을 다해 노래하는 모습이 존경스러웠고 무대 아래에선 인간적이고 따듯한 마음을 갖고있는 오빠의 모습이 참 좋았어..늘 그렇게 강하고 멋진 사람이라고만 생각했었는데..그렇게만 생각했던 내가 참 바보같았고 후회가 많이 된다..가까이 있는 동료였는데도 왜 그 마음을 전혀 헤아리지 못했을까..왜 아무런 힘이 되지 못했을까..그동안 얼마나 힘들었을까..상상할 수도 없을 정도의 고통을 혼자 견디며 살아왔다는걸 이제야 알게됐어..너무 미안해..그리고 그동안 정말로 수고했어..이제 아프지 말고 편안하게 쉬길 기도할게..언제나 빛났던 종현오빠 영원히 기억할게..
Taeyeon also spoke about Jonghyun before her solo concert on December 22. She referred to the SHINee member as “our precious Jonghyun, whom I wanted to hug and comfort at least one more time, especially because we were so similar.”
The Girls’ Generation member told her fans, “Everyone, please join me in remembering Jonghyun and his music. As we remember him together, I hope that my singing will reach far enough so that Jonghyun can hear it, so that he won’t be lonely.”
After Jonghyun unexpectedly passed away on December 18, many of his fellow celebrities have expressed their grief at the tragic loss of a great artist and warm-hearted person.
If you would like to talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to seek help and reach out. Click here for a list of international hotlines that you can call, and if you can’t find your country listed, please call your local emergency number.