AceShowbiz - Jung Yong Hwa is confirmed to be the idol who is currently under investigation for grad school acceptance issue. After various media outlets reported that idol "A" and the dean of admissions at Kyunghee University's Graduate School had been summoned by police for the investigation, many speculated that the lead vocalist of Korean rock band CN Blue is the idol in question.
Yong Hwa's agency FNC Entertainment later released a lengthy statement to "apologize for the controversy around the Kyunghee University graduate school interview." The statement continued, "Recently, Yong Hwa and a staff of our label were investigated because of the issue around Yong Hwa being accepted to the Kyunghee University's Applied Arts' graduate doctorate program. (The Applied Arts school is a school that studies and fosters applied music's content production abilities.)"
The label explained, "Yong Hwa was recommended multiple times by the school, and applied to the Kyunghee University's Applied Arts' graduate doctorate program in January of 2017 during the additional acceptance round."
"Popular celebrities such as idols have their schedules planned by the label since they are busy due to concerts and other things, and celebrities move according to that schedule. Similarly, the label took care of Yong Hwa's application including filling out his forms, submitting them, and contacting the school. Both the label and Yong Hwa believed that he was undergoing the normal application process until the situation became problematic. Yong Hwa believed that the individual interview was the regular process, and he attended the interview as the label scheduled."
"The label and Yong Hwa did not have any objectives of getting preferential treatment and breaking the school rules; we are very sorry for causing a controversy. After the issue became problematic, he is currently taking a break from the school," FNC Entertainment added.
The label additionally claimed that Yong Hwa was rejected when he first applied in fall 2016, but "the school continued to recommend to the label that Yong Hwa should apply to the additional application because the school was lacking students, so Yong Hwa applied in January, 2017." The label said that "the school was trying to gather more students" and "they were trying to get even just one more student to fill up the classes," so "there was no competition and all the students who applied through the additional application in 2017 were accepted."
Yong Hwa has also apologized for the controversy. On Wednesday, January 17, he posted a handwritten letter on Instagram, "First of all, I sincerely bow my head in apology. No matter what the reason, no matter what the truth is, I know everything is my fault and I am deeply sorry. I will humbly accept everything said about me. I am sincerely sorry for embarrassing and disappointing my family, my members, and my fans who have believed in me and cherished me. I know it will be difficult to touch your heart with any words or writing, but I want to say I am sorry once again. I am sorry for taking your time away with a post like this."
Previously, SBS 8 News reported, "Famous idol A was accepted into Kyunghee University's Graduate School in 2016. He had to go through the proper stages and get specific documents along with an interview but he did not do these things. That's why he received a grade of 0 for his initial entry process. Two months later, the school opened its applications for additional applicants. Just like the first time around, this idol did not show up for the interview but this time, he was fully accepted into the graduate school."