On June 14, Creker Entertainment made an official statement and shared the story about the trainee's family.
The label stated,
"It was briefly mentioned on the broadcast but Joo Hak Nyun unexpectedly lost his father last year. The great sorrow is unbearable for a young 18-year and his family. It was about a year since Joo Hak Nyun started training under our label when he lost his father. Hak Nyun was always very bright and hard working but he struggled through the unexpected, immense sadness. However, he managed to continue practicing brightly and healthy through the situation.
In order to protect Joo Hak Nyun's pain from getting worse, the employees of our agency was always cautious about his family related matters. However, we have confirmed that baselss posts with malicious comments, criticism, and sexually assaulting content against Joo Hak Nyun and even his mother who runs a farm by herself in the countryside has been widely spreading.
We want to take this time to earnestly express our concern. Please do not humorize the young 18-year-old boy's sadness, and we dearly ask that you stop malicious comments, sexual harassment, and other assaults against his family and mother who works on a farm by herself in the country.
Our agency can no longer ignore the acts of malicious commenters tareting his family. We plan to take firm action without agreement on the malicious acts against the family who's still enduring deep sorrow.
We once again appreciate the public who's giving encouragement to Joo Hak Nyun. We will also gratefully accept criticism. We ask that you give support for the future of Joo Hak Nyun who will continue to grow a step closer to his dreams."
Currently, Joo Hak Nyun is taking part in 'Produce 101' season 2. During the ranking announcements on the 5th episode, Joo Hak Nyun choked up talking about his siblings and single mother. The trainee touched many hearts as he said, "I appreciate my mother who took care of us 3 siblings without a father. I'll become a son that you can be proud of."