JYPE, the company of popular group 2PM, publicly announced in late afternoon of February 25th, that Jaebum, who has returned to the US after leaving 2PM, has officially withdrew and ended his contract. After, the fans can’t hide their disappointment towards 2PM’s other six members: Wooyoung, Taecyeon, Nickhun, Chansung, Junho, and Junsu.
The message announced, “From the shock after hearing about Jaebum’s personal mistake, all six members stated on January 6th, after 3 days of distress, that they think it will be hard to work as 2PM with Park Jaebum. Fans think that the members have turned their backs on their leader Jaebum.
Furious 2PM fans posted messages on websites of shows such as SBS ‘Good Sunday – Family Outing 2,’ KBS 2TV ‘Seung Seung Jang Goo,’ SBS ‘Inkigayo, etc., requesting for the members to leave the shows they have main roles in.
These responses are similar to the responses fans showed last September. When Jaebum left and returned to Seattle, some fans asked the 2PM members, “Why didn’t you stop him?” “Why can’t the company employees persuade him to stay?” showing resent and sadness. The fans stated, “We can’t acknowledge 2PM with only 6 members” and held boycotts.
It seems that with this happening, there will be a lot of changes with 2PM and their fans. This is because after September, there have been continuous appeals that 2PM will always be 7 members with situations such as the other members mentioning Jaebum’s name at the awards shows. Also, with Jaebum’s permanent withdrawal, they will have to substantially rebuild 2PM’s image with only 6 members. Fans will probably also have mixed opinions.
In the afternoon of February 25th, through their website, JYPE publicly announced Jaebum’s termination of his contract. JYPE revealed about the withdrawal reason, “Park Jaebum is leaving because of his personal mistake. Even though we can’t reveal what the mistake is, this issue is way worse than the problem that led to Jaebum leaving the team last September and way more serious.”