On May 18, there was a report that BTS Jungkook, SEVENTEEN Mingyu, NCT Jaehyun, and ASTRO Cha Eun Woo went out in the neighborhood of Itaewon. The area is known as the recent resurgence of COVID-19 began. Though the four KPop idols and the agencies have apologized, they still get hatred comments on social media. Fortunately, for BTS Jungkook, ARMY still showers him with purple love in WeVerse App.
Big Hit Entertainment Official Statement
Since the name of the four Kpop idols is announced, the agencies gave responses. Big Hit Entertainment, as the agency of BTS, has released an official statement regarding the Itaewon case.
This is Big Hit Entertainment.
Here is our official statement regarding BTS member Jungkook’s visit to the neighborhood of Itaewon in Seoul.
Last week, several news outlets reached out to us to ask about whether Jungkook had visited the neighborhood of Itaewon, and we sincerely apologize for belatedly realizing that the agency’s response to the questions was problematic.
It is true that Jungkook went to the neighborhood of Itaewon. However, at the time, he did not go to the place that became a problem due to the confirmed case in early May, and Jungkook was in Itaewon a week prior to the first confirmed case (first case related to the chain of infections in the neighborhood of Itaewon). Moreover, to abide by the government’s guidelines, Jungkook took measures such as receiving a test for COVID-19, so we deemed it inappropriate to reveal our artist’s private life to the public.
However, there is no excuse for the fact that we, as the agency of the artist in question, had not properly recognized the heavy importance of social distancing and prioritized the protection of the artist’s private life. We bow our heads to everyone in apology.
On the evening of April 25, Saturday, Jungkook visited a restaurant and bar in the neighborhood of Itaewon with his acquaintances. He showed no symptoms of COVID-19, such as coughing or fever following the visit. He voluntarily received a test for COVID-19 at a government-designated hospital and tested negative. The artist himself is currently feeling deeply regretful for not having faithfully contributed to the entire society’s social distancing efforts.
We at Big Hit are doing our best to follow social distancing protocols as well as other guidelines and prevention methods for COVID-19. We will follow [the instructions] more thoroughly to ensure that such things do not happen again. And we apologize for causing concern to many people, including fans.
ARMY Support for BTS Jungkook
It must be hard for Jungkook to face this kind of situation. He realized that he has made a mistake, and has apologised. However, there are hatred comments on his social media related to the Itaewon case.
Fortunately, BTS has a very loyal fandom, ARMY, who showers BTS Jungkook with so much love. In recent days, WeVerse is full of purple love emoticons for the golden maknae.