Despite doing nothing wrong, this NCT member still got dragged into Lucas’s scandal, causing fans to feel sorry for him.
On August 23 and 24, Lucas (NCT/WayV) was continuously accused by his ex-girlfriends and boyfriend of cheating, gaslighting, having unsafe sexual intercourse, bad-mouthing his group members and colleagues, taking advantage of the fans… This scandal has severely affected the reputation of Lucas himself and the group as a whole.
On August 25, Lucas posted an apology letter to fans. SM also apologized, stating that they are responsible for the artists under their management. The controversy sparked right before WayV’s new sub-unit consisting of 2 members, Lucas and Hendery, was about to debut. Therefore, the most affected person is none other than Hendery.
Hendery debuted quite late in NCT. In 2019, he debuted with WayV – NCT China. He is also limited to being active in WayV and NCT 2020’s lineup, not having many schedules and opportunities to showcase his talents. Compared to Lucas, who has been active in NCT U, WayV, NCT 2020, SuperM, collaborations with seniors, Hendery definitely has a disadvantage.
Getting to debut in a sub unit and releasing the song “Jalapeño” is considered a precious opportunity for Hendery. Everything from the MV, live broadcast, the promotion stages at the music shows… was all prepared. However, everything was destroyed as a consequence of Lucas’ scandal.
Hendery is close to Lucas and is also Lucas’ roommate; therefore, he must have been mentioned in the texts between Lucas and the girlfriends. As a result, Hendery was unintentionally pulled into the controversy. Following his bad luck, fans are now particularly concerned about Hendery’s condition.
Meanwhile, Hendery still stayed up late, texted his followers to encourage them, and expressed his disappointment that the product could not be launched although he had kept them waiting for so long. Fans noticed Hendery’s eyes were swollen and red when he appeared at an event on the morning of August 26. This made everyone even more upset, as they thought Hendery had cried a lot.
Since its debut in 2016, NCT has continuously added new members. There are now 23 members in the group. NCT, however, has just had great success in the previous 1-2 years, and with such a huge number of members, hardly everyone gets renowned easily. Hopefully, another chance will present itself to Hendery soon, allowing him to showcase his ability to a wider audience.