JYP, Jaebeom and 2pm

September 10, 2009

I just read JYP’s message about Park Jaebeom in K Bites. It seems JYP really has a personal relationship with all of his artists. The message is heartfelt and I did feel that he also mourns Jaebeom’s departure. It’s really sad to see him go and it’s even sadder because he was forced to. It’s really a shame ’cause he really has what it takes to be somebody. Here’s JYP’s message as found in K Bites:

“I have received much shock from what Jaebum wrote 4 years ago to his friend. Could it have been another celebrity, I myself would have felt much anger, resentment, and abandonment at his words. But I have known Jaebum for so long that those words are not surprising to me.

I already knew Jaebum was that kind of child.

When Jaebum first came to Korea 4 years ago, he was very rebellious and out of line. He laughed at Korea and belittled his fellow trainees, even going so far as to see me as ‘easy.’ I believe he thought that being a Korean celebrity was something to laugh at. He was a boy that wanted to b-boy in the streets. He fought with company employees, his dance instructors, and made threatening statements.

At times, he even said that he did not like JYP Ent., and would name another rival company, wishing to be sent there instead.

But what made us surprised even more was that when asked whether he had the guts to succeed, he said “We could succeed if we don’t receive JYP’s music.”

At this point, employees wondered why we were keeping such a rebellious boy.

This is why his words 4 years ago are not suprising.

Then why would we keep such a kid?

I love rebellious children. Rather than children that are nice up front but are calculating and evil behind my back, I love children that are rebellious up to my face. I loved the fact that he showed his emotions straight up. It gave me hope. Who would have the guts to utter such words to my face? To say that his failure depended on my bad music? I thought that it was funny.

I believed that rebellious children had too much energy, just no place to express that energy. Or they never met someone that would trust them enough to show them the correct path. I wanted to help this person go on stage and feel the energy and joy. As long as I could instill within him trust and love.

To Jaebum, there are only two types of people. His family, and those that are not his family. He loves his family more than I could ever know. The reason he talks about money in interviews is not to buy nice clothes, it is to pay back his family, who always works hard for him. That’s why he ran the path of becoming a singer.

He was rebellious, but he excelled in training.

I saw this and thought, if only I could make him think of my company, his fellow trainees, this company as his family. if only.

So one day, I told him “Jaebum, someone is not a family only because they share the same blood. Please open your heart to them first. Then others can be your family too.”

Through these efforts, he began to change.. He began to hug his fellow trainees, start conversations with company employees, and began enjoying his time on the stage.

He finally began to express his energy on stage and began to shine through singing and dancing.

I chose him as the team’s leader. The rest of the 6 really believed in him and followed his lead.

He always trained with them and always thought of his younger members before him..

After his debut, he felt a change in his heart at the news reporters and attentions that showed him in a positive light and began showing affection.

He was touched at by the hearts of his fans.

Good people, good friends, good fans… good music.. through all this, he began to change.

But as things began to go up, like a sad movie scene, his entry from 4 years ago was released.

He was so sorry. To his 2PM brothers, to me, to his company employees, to his fans.. and to nobody more than to his Koreans.

He thought to himself that if he stayed any longer, his brothers would only get more hurt. He told me he did not have the confidence to get up on stage.

I knew what he was saying too well to hold him back.

If I were him, I would have made the same decision.

And so he left.


My heart was ripping. It hurt. But knowing what Koreans would feel at his words, an immense sense of betrayal, I could not say anything.

But what I can do for him is to tell everyone that he showed on TV is not fake. He might have been rebellious but never fake. He never hid his true emotions. He was always up front, straight up… and that is something that can never change.

I know the public and the fans and I am listening to your opinions. But the most important thing is that Jaebum is not 2PM’s Park Jaebum but a child, a teenager Jaebum.

I genuinely wish for you all to hold his decision true.

I apologize once more.


I actually have no idea how 2pm will stand after all of this. The whole departure and netizens being mean thing must have hurt everyone in the group. I don’t know if they’ll disband or move forward as 2pm still. Jaebeom is not 2pm but his presence really did made an impression in fans and the public. 2pm is seven guys and that can never be changed.

Some idol groups made changes in their group’s line up and still became successful. The Wonder Girls changed it’s member and received a lot of success after but it would be different for 2pm. When Yoobin joined Wonder Girls, the group didn’t have that much of a following. But with 2pm, they are already an established group.

I actually don’t know if I would want them to continue as 2pm with 6 members or recruit another one to replace Jaebeom. Either way, it would be really weird. I’m still hoping though that he’ll return but let’s face reality. That’s scenario is a possibility but it’s far from happening. The damage has been done and there’s nothing anybody can do to make things back the way they are.

I miss the 2pm boys being goofy. I miss their carefree ways that they have continuously shown in ‘Wild Bunny’ and ‘Idol Army’. But we can’t dwell in the past. As Ellie said in seoulbeats, we should give 2pm and Jaebeom time for themselves and not bombard them with requests of him going back. I can imagine how hurt Jaebeom must have felt when the whole myspace thing came out.

Time heals all wounds they say. We are all hurt and in disbelief in what have transpired in the past few days but we should not let it cloud our judgement. I saw somewhere that an underground fan community are planning to boycott JYP and 2pm until Park Jaebeom comes back. I honestly feel that is a bad idea. It would only hurt the hearts of Jaebeom and the members. What 2pm in needs right now is support. Support from their family and support from their fans. I’ve thought about it, and I think we should be open with the idea of 2pm moving forward without Jaebeom. It’s really a shame that he won’t feel the success of what he trained for four years, but maybe there’s something out there better for Jaebeom. Everything happens for a reason.

To fans like me, let’s give our support and try to move on. The damage been done is something that just cannot go away. It hurts me to think that 2pm will go downhill after this. I don’t want that to happen and I know Jaebeom don’t want that to. He left Korea to protect his members and the group from the narrow-minded netizens who wishes the groups’ downfall, and I know he would have want them to move on without him. I do still hope he’ll comeback. But right now, I feel that he won’t.




  1. You’re right!
    We’ll support 2pm forever

    pls,come back TT^TT
    2PM is not 2PM If we doesn’t have you!!!
    Don’t care those anti-fans.
    Hottest always love you,guy
    Be strong and comeback as soon as possible,OK?
    We are supporting you forever.

  2. I think he left to re-group and most importantly be safe. Because antis hate just as crazy and fans can love. But, hopefully, Koreans will realize who they’re lashing on: not Jae Beom, but his former self

  3. What you guys don’t know is that it was JYPE who force Jaebeom to leave 2PM.

    Jaebeom didn’t want to leave Korea, but everyone in JYPE inculding Jinyoung Park gave him pressure to leave.

    Jaebeom wants to come back but without JYPE, he can’t.

    That is why 2PM Fan club is working hard to getting him back.

    Also Jaebeom’s friend wrote comment on Youtube that only one who can save him is 2PM Fan.

    Now you know he didn’t wanted to leave….. what are you going to do?

  4. Oppa jay
    please comeback ..
    We miss you so much ..
    we want you back and give us a smile ..
    2PM, ONEDAY, HOTTEST are FAMILY !!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. jay oppa
    please comeback ..
    We miss you so much ..
    we want you back and give us a smile ..
    2PM, ONEDAY, HOTTEST are FAMILY !!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. kajima, oppa
    sarangheyo T.T
    anyways, a lot of KHottests sense somethin is fishy bout jay’s leaving
    well, including me even i am not a KHottest

    whatever it is, as long as jay comes back,
    everything is fine…..

    hv u seen a guy that is super adorable, can sing r&b , rap and bboy around seattle?
    well, pls send him back to korea
    he is wanted alive
    he is very needed there as 2PM’s leadja
    thanks very much

  7. oppa,,

  8. oh blah blah blah…..yeh..i’m a hater now…i was their biggest fan…and now it’s going down hill….THANK GOD things leek out…..

    i can go on national tv and say this stuff too, to save my @$$!….people can write things like this too…oh yay! bigg news! JYP saving his @$$!….

    Jae…poor jae…I feel bad for u….being betray’d by ur own so called “brothers”….and JYP….wth?…and being forced out…no wonder you cried…

    your song ” I Hate You”….we really do hate you…the majority of hottest around the WORLD hates u and now we start to not like 2pm either…


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