Kim Hyun Joong, Yong Jun Hyung, Ahn Jae Hyun…Problematic men return one after another
As stars with the keyword “controversy” next to their names announced their comebacks, attention is paid to whether they will be able to change negative public opinion.
Singer Yong Jun Hyung will make a comeback on March 2nd. He will meet the public with new music in 4 months since last November. Yong Jun Hyung sequentially released the coming soon poster and spoiler film for his new single “POST IT” through his agency Black Made’s official SNS on Feb 20th~21st, and released the concept photo on Feb 22nd.
Yong Jun Hyung was involved in Jung Joon Young’s scandal in the past. In March 2019, singer Jung Joon Young was revealed to have shared hidden camera footage and sexually explicit images, causing a stir. Yong Jun Hyung is one of the people who received these videos. Due to this, Yong Jun Hyung withdrew from boy group Highlight and started working alone under the independent label Black Made.
In November last year, Yong Jun Hyung started his first comeback after the controversy. But the public was apathetic. This is because it was a serious incident that could not be forgiven by a three-year hiatus. In addition, Yong Jun Hyung said at the comeback press conference, “I didn’t belong to any group chat. However, I’m fully aware that there was something wrong with the conversation at the time.” It was an explanation that felt like an excuse rather than an apology.
Singer and actor Kim Hyun Joong, a former member of SS501, was involved in controversies over his private life. He made headlines when reports about the assault of his ex-girlfriend and a paternity suit broke out in 2014. The six-year civil and criminal legal battle ended with Kim Hyun Joong’s win. During that eventful process, Kim Hyun Joong delivered good news and received congratulations. He married his first love whom he met at the age of 14 and welcomed their son last year. Although Kim Hyun Joong has found stabilization in his life after twists and turns, the public gaze towards him is still cold.
Ignoring the negative public opinion, Kim Hyun Joong released his third full album “MY SUN” on February 27th. At the showcase to celebrate the album release, he confessed, “It is dedicated to my father, my son, and my fans”. Kim Hyung Joong also indirectly mentioned public criticism, saying “I think people cannot define me through people who like me or dislike me”, adding, “I think it’s very hard to convince everyone”.
Actor Ahn Jae Hyun was embroiled in a controversy over his acting skills. He is scheduled to return to the small screen for the first time in three years with a KBS2 weekend drama, which normally guarantees viewership in the range of 30%. KBS2’s “The Real Has Come!” tells about the romance between a single mother and an unmarried man. It will premiere in March.
When appearing in MBC’s “Love with Flaws”, Ahn Jae Hyun was criticized for his unnatural gestures and facial expressions. Some people even say that Ahn Jae Hyun’s performance in entertainment programs, such as tvN’s “New Journey to the West”, was more outstanding than his acting activities, which is his main job.