Fresh after BTS visit to the White House, band member Jimin issued an apology to his fans after returning to Korea.
“I’m sorry for worrying you because of my immaturity,” he wrote on the social media platform Weverse, according to KpopStaz. “In the future, I will do my best to become more mature so that I do not cause [more] concerns.”
It’s not clear what act of immaturity he’s referencing or if it took place during his visit to the White House.
Before apologizing, Jimin expressed gratitude for his visit.
“I was able to go to the U.S. I believe everyone is aware of the event I participated in. I am thankful and it is an honor that we were able to participate in this event to raise our voice in representation of all the armies of different races, countries and cultures.”
AllKPop reports that the apology might have something to do to the back payments he owed his insurance company for his health premiums. National Health Insurance Services reportedly had sent a notice four times threatening to seize his property over the unpaid bill. It lifted the threat after Jimin paid his bill.
Big Hit Music had previously issued an explanation saying “Jimin was not aware of the delinquency due to his overseas schedules, extended vacation since the end of last year, then later overseas schedule; however, as soon as he knew of the situation, he paid the full amount of charges, and the case is now closed,” the agency confirmed. “We apologize for causing concern to the artist and his fans due to the company’s negligence.”
Jimin has not explained his apology nor has he confirmed the speculation his statement had to do with his then unpaid insurance bill.
The group had gone to the White House as part of Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
“We were devastated by the recent surge in hate crimes, including Asian American hate crimes,” Jimin said at his White House visit. “To put a stop to this and support the cause we’d like to take this opportunity to voice ourselves once again.”
“It’s not wrong to be different,” BTS member Suga said through an interpreter. “Maybe equality begins when we open up and embrace all of our differences”.
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