“Produce 101 Season 2” contestant Kim Tae Dong gave an update to fans and reassured them about why he’s been working part-time.
Kim Tae Dong recently wrote on his Instagram, “I’m posting this as an apology for making my fans worry with the post about a part-time job, which I uploaded on Instagram a while ago.”
He appears to be referring to pictures he posted on Instagram on April 14 with the hashtag, “part-time job.” The pictures showed that he was working at a cafe but some fans expressed concerns over whether he had given up his goal to become a singer.
Kim Tae Dong continued, “First of all, I still haven’t given up the dream of becoming a singer and am practicing. I wanted to dance so much but couldn’t, because I didn’t have an appropriate practice room for dancing. Feeling too sorry to ask my parents for money, I decided to work part-time because I wanted to rent a practice room with the money I earned through a part-time job.”
“I feel nothing but sorrow because I can’t stand in front of my fans and that I’m making them wait with no promises due to problematic circumstances. I did not intend at all to deceive my fans. I thought I would give them an update as nothing’s been properly solved and I couldn’t talk about various things. I’m sorry that I made you worried and concerned with my shortcomings.”
He concluded, “I wanted to let you walk a path full of flowers but I’m sorry that I only hurt you with so much waiting. I’ll keep on practicing hard, never give up, and will be careful in all aspects in the future. I’m sorry.”
안녕하세요, 김태동 입니다. 얼마전에 인스타그램에 올렸던 아르바이트에 대한 게시물에 대해 팬분들께 많은 걱정을 끼쳐드리게 해 죄송한 마음으로 글을 올리게 되었습니다. 일단 저는 가수의 꿈을 여전히 포기하지 않고 연습을 하고 있습니다. 그러던 와중에 춤을 너무 추고 싶은데 춤을 출 연습실 공간이 마땅하지 않아 춤을 출 수가 없게 되었고 부모님께 손 벌리기도 죄송한 마음에 아르바이트를 통해 제 사비로 연습실을 빌려 연습하고 싶어서 아르바이트를 하게 되었습니다. 여러 상황이 겹쳐 팬분들께 앞에 설 수 없고, 기약없는 기다림을 하게 해드린 것 같아 죄송한 마음 뿐입니다. 팬분들 기만하려던 마음은 전혀 아니였고, 여러 상황에 제대로 해결된 것 없이 팬분들께 이런저런 얘기를 할 수 없었고 근황을 올린다는 게 제 짦은생각으로 마음 쓰게 해드리고 걱정 시켜드려서 죄송합니다. 꽃길만 걷게 해드리고 싶었는데 기다림만 가득한 상처 드려 죄송합니다. 앞으로 연습도 열심히 하고 포기하지 않고 매사에 진중한 태동 되겠습니다. 죄송합니다.
Kim Tae Dong was originally one of the members of fan-imagined project group JBJ, along with other eliminated “Produce 101 Season 2” contestants. However, he became embroiled in a conflict with his agency Major 9 (formerly The Vibe Label) and couldn’t join the group, to many fans’ dismay. JBJ recently released their final song “Call Your Name” with their contract expiring on April 30.