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Hangeng reveals his reasons for leaving Super Junior

By alim17   Monday, September 30, 2013   407,643   5,834   0



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Former Super Junior member Hangeng recently talked about his leaving the group on an interview with a Chinese music program. 

SEE ALSO: Hangeng uploads picture during his short break

He revealed his reason for debuting: "The most important thing to me was making money so my parents could live comfortably, and that was also the greatest motive."

However, he encountered several problems: 

"I was not able to stand on stage even after debuting.  I was the first foreign celebrity to debut in Korea so the law was not perfect.  I could not film commercials and could not participate in certain portions of the schedule.  It felt like I had lost all hope.  I cried performing 'Twins' with the Super Junior members.  I received a payment of 4000 yuan (~$650 USD) my first year.

I gathered money like it was life or death because seeing my mother suffer made my heart ache.  Although I debuted in 2005, I became a rookie all over again in 2008 when 'Super Junior-M' debuted in China.  I was comfortable in China, but at the same time, I was tired of the fact that the Korean members I was doing activities with were unable to speak Chinese.  My head hurt because of them."

Hangeng concluded, "I wanted to be an actor, but they did not give me any acting gigs while they gave them to the other members.  I didn't even get any commercials.  Those dissatisfactions kept gathering until they became a bomb.  I took all of my bank accounts, hospital records, and more and went to a law office to prepare a lawsuit against the company secretly.  So the company wouldn't suspect anything, I communicated with my manager via mail, secretly went to the law office when there were around two free hours after completing my schedule, and at the time, it was an unimaginable thing for me."

However, Hangeng's behavior made Super Junior fans indignant in the past because they believed it was not courteous to the other members.

Netizens meanwhile wrote, "To say it was for money. Would he have done it because he was ambitious for money. He must've done this because he wasn't paid what he deserved by SM. Was this the case for H.O.T. too?", "First Foreign celebrity?  That's not true?", and "4000 yuan, he endured hardships in his debut to earn around 700,000 KRW. He tried hard to cast off the rookie label only to debut as a rookie again. Things like this are the reason TVXQ broke up."

Source: Kuki News via Nate

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cococcchanel Wednesday, August 13, 2014

People, don't buy everything AKP is writing in this article - there's so much they leave out that Hangeng said in the interview. What they've written aren't lies, but not everything he've stated, so I suggest that you watch the interview to get your own version of what he's said :)

cococcchanel Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ruthabigael Wednesday, August 13, 2014

come to my country and you will be a superstar just because you are a foreigner.. trust me..

and it a plus if you had an "englis" accent though you are half "citizenship"

*if you know my country hahaha

Tohoshinkoi Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fuck SM. May they burn in hell forever. Selfish oppressors.

Anyone who supports them deserves the same fate.

shiroichanuk Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This used to happen in Japan a lot but that was many years ago. These days many foreign entertainers working in Japan are taught Japanese. I think Korea needs to wise up and do the same.

david_kim Sunday, April 6, 2014

We DID wise up. This was obviously back in the mid 2000s where they had their FIRST foreign celebrity. They quickly caught up. There are now Chinese trainees being taught Korean obviously.

babiicupiid16 Friday, May 30, 2014

@david-kim took you long enough..14 years. Even now foreign celebrities still don't get treated good.

reneeloves Sunday, July 13, 2014

@david-kim I don't know why your getting so offended. Koreans used to be very narrow minded when it came to Chinese trainees but then again Korea is a very homogenous country with 99% Korean.

aneezaful Friday, November 29, 2013

If someone came from another country and asked me to help them learn the national language id have a pretty hard time, not because of my personal feelings towards them but because of how stressed out from other things i would be and the extra stress i revieve from helping that someone learn the national language. ;

Don't judge Hangeng without knowing the details. Read the entire story before you make your conclusion, cuz this is only half. ;

jori_lsj Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This ;article mistranslated his words, he was just ;trying to explain his role in SJ-M, not really blaming they couldn't speak Chinese. ; He actually misses his team member a lot, can find from this video.

miszalvin Friday, December 27, 2013

sometimes, what they wrote above might be the truth rather than what the video's translating.. This is just my opinion.. I'm sorry if what I thought is incorrect.

eisha47 Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Just look at him now, going through all that hardship clearly paid off!

nananhf Thursday, November 14, 2013

i pretty much understand why Hangeng did that, far away from home and have some trouble with the communication between members, eventhought there was Heechul who always chering him up but it had more difficult things because his nationality...I think Hangeng had been covered his pain...he just talkless and it make him more stressed i think

jo2412 Sunday, November 10, 2013

I would have left the group too. He wasn't treated as an equal. K-pop stars have ridiculous schedules and many fans just don't understand how hard they work! The way stars are treated in the U.S isn't how all stars are treated in korea, especially when they debut. They don't always get special treatment backstage, they can spend entire days doing promotions and performances, and barely get anytime to sleep and just relax. This lifestyle is not all luxury and fun. It's highly stressful. I'm glad hangeng left. he did not feel comfortable, he was not treated fairly, and he's doing so much better as a solo artist in China. You keep doing you Hangeng

ckpoppppp Friday, November 8, 2013

I did watch the interview and the article did mistranslated his words. ;

But I'm kinda upset at how he talks about his experience when leaving suju secretly. His attitude. Gets really excited when talking about it, like "yes I'm gonna leave finally." Tts all he thought about. Gives me the feeling that he didn't care about his band member's feeling and he wasn't very grateful for the times he had in suju. ;

Benefit of doubt, the show might not have shown the full interview though. Don't blame him for leaving though ;

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mariajae Friday, February 28, 2014

if you were in situation where you are treated badly all time all on your mind would be to get out people around isn't helping the situation its a mental state.. he finally being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel is why his reaction is like that

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