Baekhyun, member of K-pop boy band EXO, removed his heartfelt apology for fans from his social networking site, 10 hours after it went viral.
The idol left a message on Instagram early on Thursday, breaking his silence a month after he admitted that he is dating Taeyeon of labelmate Girls‘ Generation. But now the apologetic comment is deleted.
In the message, he explained why he had to remain quiet after the news broke and how sorry he is.
“I know it is too late, but I am leaving a message here to apologize for disappointing and hurting you, my fans,” the 22-year-old heartthrob said.
“I was not courageous enough resolve misunderstanding or talk about my true feelings. I was afraid that you might feel that I am making excuses. ... Maybe these words mean nothing to you anymore,” he wrote.
Baekhyun knew he might regret that he posted such a message on his Instagram, but decided to go ahead with it to deliver “how he really feels.”
“It is my apology that I broke your heart. I am sorry about the misunderstandings.”
At the end of the message, he vowed to do his best to make up for the distress he caused to his fans.
“I will do my best on and off the stage. I will slowly get closer to you, my fans,” he concluded.
Baekhyun’s long-awaited apology came as a surprise to his fans because he stunned them with silence over his latest love scandal, in stark contrast to his girlfriend Taeyeon who made an apology right away after the news broke in June.
On June 19, the idol couple went public about their romantic relationship after their pictures, supposedly on a date, were revealed by a local media outlet earlier that day.
Their fans, especially those who supported Baekhyun, expressed strong opposition and disappointment about the idols’ new relationship, in part due to his recent promise to focus on EXO’s activities without having a girlfriend.
By Ock Hyun-ju (email@example.com