On February 5, FNC Entertainment uploaded an official statement on the recent controversy surrounding Jung Yong Hwa’s graduate school admission and his upcoming enlistment.
The CNBLUE leader recently was surrounded by controversy after an investigation by the police into the process of his admission to Kyunghee University’s graduate school. FNC Entertainment then abruptly announced that Jung Yong Hwa would be enlisting in the military in March and that many overseas tours would be canceled.
In the official statement, the agency apologized for the sudden enlistment and promised that they were looking into fans’ complaints and requests. The agency also stated that they and Jung Yong Hwa had come to a decision about the enlistment after much discussion and that they would soon be arranging a way for the artist to properly say goodbye to his fans. FNC Entertainment concluded with the promise of more communication with fans and to continuously support and protect their artists.
Read the full statement below:
“Hello, this is FNC Entertainment.
“Thank you for always loving and supporting our artists.
“We would like to sincerely apologize to the many fans who may have been hurt due to the unfortunate events surrounding Jung Yong Hwa. We also feel a heavy responsibility for not being able to systematically support and protect our artists, for any reason. We are also carefully recognizing your complaints, perspectives, and requests regarding the situation. We are thoroughly considering a plan of action on the issue, regarding false information, malicious commenters, and so on. We hope that you will understand that as we are in a situation where we do not know what may happen, we cannot reveal any more details. There will be another time for us to explain the details of our course of action. In regards to the complaints against our company’s call center, we will take measures to change the operators as soon as possible.
“We do believe it’s regretful that Jung Yong Hwa had to suddenly enlist despite scheduled activities abroad and that he had to do so without properly explaining and saying goodbye to fans. Despite the short amount of time, the agency and the artist considered various situations, and after much discussion, the decision has been made. We believe that there will be a time when we will be able to explain everything in detail. We will soon announce a way for him to say goodbye to fans in both Korea and abroad who were confused by the sudden announcement. We will keep to our principle that artists should spread their talent as much as they want, and that we should repay fans for their trust and love. We will communicate with the fans even more proactively.
“We will reinforce our system of protecting and supporting our artists and will also thoroughly manage the employees within our company. We will respond to the malicious commenters and users who spread false information against our artists with strong legal measures.
“Finally, we have something we would very much like to say. Our employees respect Jung Yong Hwa as an artist as well as his talent, effort, and sincerity as much as you all do. Going forward, we will protect him with unwavering trust. As staff members who work with him, as well as colleagues and fans who have watched him from close by, we will overcome these difficulties by relying on each other.
“We apologize once again for hurting and disappointing fans.”
This article has been edited for clarity.