On January 2, Baekhyun posted to Instagram:
"Hello, this is Baekhyun. I'm writing because I'd like to personally apologize for the statement I made at the fan signing on December 30. To be honest, I've been afraid of depression lately, and I was in a hypersensitive state. Then at the fan signing event, I talked a lot with that fan, and I was worried. I suddenly became afraid. I'm supposed to make this fan happy at a fan signing event that's supposed to be filled with happiness, and I suddenly felt the weight of what they told me. I think my heart was hasty at the thought that after my fan left that spot, I might not be able to speak with them again. I wanted to comfort them with at least one more word, so in that moment, I wanted to quickly say something because I felt like my words would be of help as they said they liked me. I think I was lost in that thought from after I stopped talking with that fan until the end of the fan signing. There were aspects where I spoke hastily because in that situation I wanted to let fans know that even if they're going through a depression or rough time, EXO and the people beside them were there for them. Even when I don't have the ability to arrange my thoughts in such a short time, I spoke too soon. I regret saying those things and choosing those words in that moment. I just wanted to comfort them and give them strength. As I'm writing this, I'm scared that I'll make another mistake. Still, I wanted to sincerely apologize. I apologize to that fan, and I wanted to say I'm sorry to everyone who was hurt because of this incident. I'll become Baekhyun who speaks and acts more carefully in the future."
As previously reported, Baekhyun made a statement concerning depression at a fan signing on December 30, 2017. Some found his remarks insensitive in light of SHINee Jonghyun's suicide, while others insisted the EXO member said nothing wrong.