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K-Pop Star JaeJoong Jokes About Getting Coronavirus as April Fool’s Prank

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It seems that no one is safe from the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV 2). Many celebrities, politicians and world leaders have also contracted the disease. Recently, the news came out that K-Pop star Jaejoong gets coronavirus. Or did he?

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Although he is now a member of JYJ, K-Pop star JaeJoong started with a different band

In 2001, Kim JaeJoong joined the boy band, TVXQ, at the age of 15. He was the lead singer for the South Korean band. However, in 2009, JaeJoong and two other band members filed a lawsuit against their entertainment agency. Later, they formed their own band, JYJ. The band’s studio album, In Heaven, ranked number one on Gaon charts. Along with JYJ, JaeJoong has a successful solo career as well and his second solo album, No.X and ranked number on iTunes in 39 countries.

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On 1st April, the news came out that K-Pop star JaeJoong gets coronavirus

In an Instagram post, it was announced that K-Pop star JaeJoong got coronavirus. The singer himself broke the news to his fans. He wrote:

I have been infected with COVID-19. It is a result of my negligence, ignoring the cautionary words shared by the government and those around me. A person’s individual actions can have such a big impact on society as a whole. I am so sorry to those who may have been infected because of me.

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Furthermore, he wrote:

My foolish judgment to live as though it couldn’t happen to me is why I am like this today. I am currently hospitalized. I am reflecting on my past a lot and feeling both grateful and sorry. There are many things I want to say. There are many people I want to see so much.

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After the news that K-Pop star JaeJoong gets coronavirus, his fans reacted and expressed their support. Many wanted it to be fake news and wished him to get well soon.

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After gathering sympathies and prayers, JaeJoong declared that it was an April Fool’s prank

He edited the same Instagram post and wrote a lengthy apologetic post. JaeJoong wrote:

First, over the social media post I wrote, I want to express my sincere apologies to the people who have suffered because of COVID-19 and to the people who were disrupted in their administrative work. Bad judgment. I knew that’s what this was. The current lack of awareness of response methods and the dangerousness of the virus outbreak. I wanted to convey that message because I hoped that people would be more aware and therefore we could minimize the number of people who suffer because of COVID-19.

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해서는 안 될 행동이라고도 저 스스로도 인식하고 있습니다. 먼저 제가 SNS 쓴 글로 인해 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 피해 받으신 분들, 행정업무에 지장을 받으신 분들께 진심으로 죄송하다는 말씀과 사과드립니다. 옳지 않다는 판단. 알고 있습니다. 현재 느슨해진 바이러스로부터의 대처 방식과 위험성의 인식. 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 피해 받을 분들을 최소화시키기 위해 경각심을 가졌으면 하는 마음에서 메시지를 전달하고 싶었습니다. 봄이 찾아와 따뜻해진 계절의 야외에서의 여가생활, 개학이 미뤄지고 여유로워진 시간을 활용한 밀폐된 공간에서의 접촉 등으로 제2의 제3의 코로나 패닉을 낳을 수 있다는 생각에 너무나 무섭습니다. 저의 아버지도 얼마 전 폐암 수술을 받으시고 줄곧 병원에 다니셨습니다. 그러면서 병원에 계신 의료진과 환자들을 보면서 뭔가 화가 나기도 하고 바이러스가 남의 일이 아니라 자신의 일이었다면 하는 생각이 들었습니다. 그래서 정작 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 벗어나고자 노력하는 분들과는 반대로 평상시와 다를 바 없는 복장과 마스크를 착용하지 않은채 여가생활을 즐기고 계시는 분들이 많다는 이야기에 경각심이 필요 하다 생각 했습니다 다양한 정보매체와 인터넷에서도 크고 작은 주의를 요청하고 있는 가운데 그 이야기를 들어주지 않는 사람들에게 어떻게해서든 현시점의 위험성을 전달하고 싶었습니다. "제발. 귀 기울여주세요. 제발. 아프지 말고 아픔을 겪지 마세요." 라구요. 제 주변에서마저도 확진자가 생겨나고 있습니다. 먼 곳의 이야기가 아니란 걸 확신했고 두려움은 배로 느껴졌습니다. 사람을 잃고 나서야 반성하는 태도는 아무런 도움이 되지 않습니다. 답답하고 힘들지만 지금보다 더.. 조금 더 노력해서 이 힘든 시기를 함께 이겨내고 싶습니다. 오늘의 글..지나치지만, 지나칠 정도의 관심을 가져주신다면 이야를 들어주지 않을까라는 방법이 많은 분들에게 상처를 드리고 비난을 받고 있습니다. 제 글로 인하여 코로나 바이러스를 위해 애쓰시는 정부기관과 의료진들 그리고 지침에 따라 생활을 포기 하며 극복을 위해 힘쓰는 많은 분들께 상심을 드린 점 진심으로 사과드립니다.

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After that, he went on to talk about how people did not consider this to be a serious matter (how ironic!). Furthermore, he wrote:

It’s frustrating and hard but I want to try a bit harder than now and get through this difficult time together. My post today… it went very far, but I thought that if people paid a large amount of interest to it, then they might listen. This method has hurt a lot of people and I am receiving criticism for it. For causing distress, I sincerely apologize to the government agencies and medical professionals who are working hard because of COVID-19 and to the many people who are following instructions to give up on their lifestyles and are doing all they can to overcome this.

After K-Pop star JaeJoong gets coronavirus turned out to be a prank, his fans were furious and rightly so. It was not the time or topic to make jokes about. I wonder why no one stopped him from making such a distasteful joke.

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