Yoo Seung Jun made his first formal public appearance in 10 years by attending the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards and he shared that he was thankful that the other celebrities greeted and embraced him.
On November 30th, after the conclusion of MAMA, Yoo Seung Jun met wither reporters through a press conference and said, "I came to meet my sunbaes and hoobaes. I was happy to see Psy and the others. All the celebrities hugged me (smiles). I came with the hopes that K-pop and MAMA will help spread Korean Entertainment across the globe. I know it may not be my place but I wanted to cheer on my hoobaes."
Yoo Seung Jun shared, "I was 26 back then but now I am 36. For the past 10 years I went through hardships that I cannot explain with words and got to where I am today. I am really hurt. I really hope that there will be a chance where I can greet you in Korea."
In 2002, Yoo Seung Jun was involved in a scandal regarding avoiding military enlistment and he was deported from Korea and naturally all of his activities were halted. After that, he started working in China and other places including signing with Jackie Chan's label. Even though he expressed his desire to work in Korea again because he still has not garnered the sympathy of the nation and is unable to return.
Yoo Seung Jun attended the MAMA red carpet event with Jackie Chan and other co-stars to help promote the movie he is in, '12 Chinese Zodiac.'
Below is a transcript of the interview.
Q. Could you please say a greeting?
A. I am singer Yoo Seung Jun. Nice to see you.
Q. It has been 10 years since you stood in front of the media, a lot of thoughts must be going through your head.
A. I am sad that there was no time to properly prepare. I just got off the plane, didn't get my make up done and came here just wearing what I was on the plane. Jackie Chan is very busy and the plane was delayed so I am sad to present myself like this. I came to MAMA as an actor as I had the opportunity to appear in Jackie's new movie.
Q. How are you feeling right now?
A. Since it has been so long, I am a bit nervous, and standing in front of so many people it is very overwhelming. I wanted to meet you guys even earlier and Jackie encouraged me to come here.
Q. Do you have plans to resume activities in Korea?
A. Currently I do not have any plans to promote in Korea.
Q. This whole scandal started because of military service. Do you have any plans to serve?
A. The military is a sensitive topic so I do not think I should answer that question. It is hard to explain with a few words. I was 26 then but now I am 36. For the past 10 years I went through hardships that I cannot explain with words and got to where I am today. I am really hurt.
Q. How did you decide to attend MAMA?
A. I came to meet my sunbaes and hoobaes. I was happy to see Psy and the others. All the celebrities hugged me (smiles). I came with the hopes that K-pop and MAMA will help spread Korean Entertainment across the globe. I know it may not be my place but I wanted to cheer on my hoobaes.
Q. Any final words?
A. It's true. I want to see all of you again and I love you. I really hope that the next time I can greet you, the location will be in Korea.