Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF Thursday, July 27, 2017

'Produce 101's Kim Tae Dong requests contract termination with his agency The Vibe Label

Trainee Kim Tae Dong from 'Produce 101' season 2 requested a termination of the contract with The Vibe Label.

On July 27, Ilgan Sports exclusively reported that Kim Tae Dong has cut off contact with his agency and requested a contract termination. The Vibe Label responded to the report and explained, "He must've been upset. He has sent a request for a contract termination. It's something that's understandable among trainees. We're in a discussion with Kim Tae Dong and in the process of resolving the issue." 

The label also clarified, "The report about him cutting off all contact is not true." As for his debut in JBJ - a boy group with 'Produce 101' trainees who didn't make it in the top 11 - The Vibe Label stated, "We will give support so he can focus on JBJ promotions."

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Meanwhile, Kim Tae Dong spoke up about the issue via Instagram. He first apologized for causing concerns and explained that he had no choice but to remain quiet due to mental stress and pressure. 

He continued, "I wanted to post and communicate but I'll appreciate it if you understand that I had a situation of my own. At the moment, all I can say about the issue is that I'm sorry to the people who have cared and worried about me. The pain I endure at 21-years-old is immense but I believe this will become a strong foundation for me. I am continuing to practice singing and dancing, and also taking care of my health. I'll become a harder working Kim Tae Dong. Once again, I apologize for causing concerns and making you guys wait for a long time. I am very sorry."

Fans believe the agency's poor treatment have led to Kim Tae Dong's contract termination request. An example of the poor treatment is when The Vibe Label failed to provide adequate transportation and made the trainee ride taxis during his schedule. 

Many hope the issue with The Vibe Label gets resolved and Kim Tae Dong will walk the flower path to debut. 

안녕하세요.  김태동입니다. 일단 오랜 시간 동안 저를 기다려 주시고 걱정해 주시고 응원해 주신 분들께 너무 감사하면서도 죄송합니다. 지금까지 저는 심리적인 고통과 무언의 압박으로 인해 조용히 지낼 수밖에 없었습니다. 그러나 지금 생각해보면 앞으로를 위해서 꼭 필요한 시간이라고 생각을 합니다.  그동안 제소식을 궁금해하시는 분들을 많이 생각하고 또 걱정했습니다. 저도 제 글을 남기고 싶고 소통도 많이 하고 싶었지만 저한테도 사정이 있었음을 이해해주시면 정말 감사하겠습니다. 현재 저는 이 부분에 있어서 드릴 말씀은 저를 걱정하고 생각해주신 분들께 죄송하다는 말밖에 없습니다. 하지만 21살 이라는 나이에 겪은 고통이 크지만 그 일들이 저에게 밑거름이 될 것입니다. 춤과 노래도 무뎌지지 않게 꾸준히 연습하고 있고 건강관리도 잘 하겠습니다. 그리고 더 많이 노력하는 김태동이 되겠습니다. 다시 한 번 긴 시간 동안 기다리고 걱정 끼쳐드려서 정말 죄송합니다.

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