Josh, from the popular YouTube channel "Korean Englishman," apologized for the recent controversy over his wife's birthday celebration during the self-quarantine period.
On October 13, Josh posted on his YouTube channel community an apology letter stating, "I want to apologize for causing disappointment, concern, and discomfort to so many of you with the video uploaded on Gabie’s channel last Saturday. I’m sorry this apology comes so late."
He continued to state, "I am truly sorry to the countless people who have made so many sacrifices to keep us safe, and I am sorry to all of you who are also sacrificing daily to fight this pandemic. I am still reflecting on the gravity of my actions with the deepest regrets."
He wrote, "While in self-quarantine after arriving in Korea, I invited a few of Gabie’s friends to drop off gifts at the door and we were careless about quarantine rules while greeting those friends. This was wrong and irresponsible."
Previously, GabieKook returned to Korea but posted a video on October 10 in which she showed the celebration of her birthday. In the video, GabieKook's acquaintances are seen visiting the YouTuber as they stand outside of the door.
The YouTuber received criticism for breaking the quarantine guidelines during the two weeks of self-quarantine. Many netizens wondered if having acquaintances come for a birthday celebration breaks the rules even if they stood outside of the house.
Josh concluded his apology by stating, "Realising the fact that I have compromised the incredible efforts that Korea, as a country has been putting in for months on end, makes my heart aches that much more. I am truly ashamed and truly sorry for failing to uphold and support these efforts."
He then stated that he will be taking time off from content creation to take the time to self reflect.