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Jung Yong-hwa apologizes for ‘expedient entry’ to grad school

  • Published : Jan 17, 2018 - 15:00
  • Updated : Jan 17, 2018 - 15:00

(Jung Yong-hwa's Instagram)
CNBLUE singer Jung Yong-hwa has apologized in light of allegations of having entering a Kyung Hee University graduate school program using expedient means.

Jung took to his Instagram, Wednesday, with a photo of a handwritten apology stating, “Before I say anything, I am deeply sorry for my actions.”

“Whatever the reasons, regardless of what is true, I know everything is my responsibility,” Jung said. “I will accept whatever you say about me. I‘m sorry to have let down my family, bandmates and the fans who trust and love me.”

“I know that no spoken or written words will fully reach you, but I want to repeat once again that I am sorry,” Jung said, finishing off with a further apology for having taken everyone’s time with the letter.

On Tuesday, SBS reported that a K-pop group‘s idol singer had failed to appear at two official interviews for graduate school entrance but was admitted regardless, in the end. Police raised suspicions of preferential treatment.

Jung’s agency FNC Entertainment said through an official press release Wednesday that idol stars are often unable to set aside time required due to conflicting concert schedules, and that the agency had handled Jung’s graduate school issues. According to FNC, it had arranged for Jung to be interviewed individually.

The agency said, “Although the management agency and Jung had no intentions to enter the school by bending the rules, we are deeply sorry to have evoked public criticism.”

Kyung Hee University has admitted to undergoing police scrutiny, but said it is still determining whether the decision to privately interview Jung was made by the school or an individual professor.

Jung is reportedly to pursue a Ph.D. in applied arts.

By Lim Jeong-yeo (kaylalim@heraldcorp.com)