Taeyong, leader of K-pop boy band NCT 127, has expressed regret and apologized for past bullying incidents that happened when he was in middle school and before he made his debut as a singer.
The controversy arose when Korean media reported that Taeyong was part of a group that bullied a student. A former trainee of SM Entertainment, NCT 127’s agency, also said that “I have seen Taeyong when I was a trainee. His personality such. So stop defending him,” according to JTBC Plus.
SM Entertainment responded to the accusations, saying, “Since this happened 10 years ago, i.e. 2009, we asked Taeyong’s family to check documents such as his student report card in middle school to grasp the exact situation as a management agency.”
“According to our document confirmation results, there was no disciplinary record or information related to the content in question. His parents also said that they had never met teachers to exchange the matter mentioned in the article,” the agency added.
The agency said that “Taeyong regrets his wrongdoings and hurtful words when he was a middle school student – before he cherished his dream of becoming a singer. In addition, he apologized to all those who were hurt during trainee time and even after his debut.”
“Taeyong is trying his utmost, working assiduously without forgetting to keep a repentance mind. He will deeply review himself for once again bothering everyone with his acts when he was young, as well as living more righteously and responsibly,” said SM Entertainment.
The bullying incidents surfaced just as Taeyong is set to debut as a member of K-pop group SuperM along with EXO’s Kai and Baekhyun, SHINee’s Taemin, NCT 127’s Mark and WayV’s Lucas and Ten.
They will release their first mini-album “SuperM” on Oct. 4.