…….Yeah, with a pure heart and a sinful body!
In an interview for Christiandaily.com 2PM’s leader JaeBODY, I mean Jaebum, revealed his deep passion for his fans, his career as an idol, and his faith. Throughout the interview Jaebum demonstrates the brutal honesty that 2PM members have become known for when asked about his struggles as a busy leader and a Christian. Whether you are a believer or not, you can’t deny the power of faith. I couldn’t imagine just leaving my home all alone one day to pursue my dreams of being a singer in a foreign country on the other side of the world. Jaebum barely spoke any Korean when he first arrived in the country, and had no friends or family there. It’s good to know that his faith has been a comfort for him so far away from home.
– Pure appearance, dancing, and rapping. You also have a great stage-manner for your fans. They even gave you the nickname “Omniscient and Omnipotent” Leader. How do you usually prepare for these things?
I’m really thankful for all the love our fans give us. I prepare for these things by thinking of all the flaws I need to improve on. Ever since I was in highschool in Seattle, I b-boyed and rapped. I think I’m able to practice a lot for these things because it’s what I like doing and it’s fun. Recently, I’ve been having fun composing lyrics in Korean; I try to find the fun out of everything I do. I like to exercise and dance more than I like going out to drink, so I seem to spend a lot of time practicing and training.
– The amount of 2PM(Jaebum) fans have increased rapidly. Do you have anything you would like to say to them?
Thank you so much for loving us for ‘Again & Again’ and for our after-songs. Because of the fans, 2PM is around. Without the fans, we wouldn’t be here today. We will work hard on our 3rd album and will meet the fans with a much better image and appearance.
-What is your relation with Seattle Glory Presbyterian Church?
It is the church I’ve been attending since I was in 3rd grade(elementary) up until I left for Korea in 2005. I have friends at this church; whom I have spent my childhood with. This church is so close with one another that my parents, younger brother, and relatives all attend.
– How would you describe your faith (religious belief)?
When I was younger, I didn’t really know much so I only believed in him. Even now, I may not know much, but I want to live purely and faithfully. For my family, I want to be a proud son for my parents. And for the people around me, I want to be a good person. Whenever my fans who should be in school come to visit me, I always tell them to study hard. I’m thankful for our loving fans and want them to achieve a good scholastic performance.
-What kind of student were you when you were in school?
I enjoyed life and did whatever I had the passion to do. In junior high, I did well in school(laughs). And as I started dancing in highschool, my grades slightly faltered. Since I enjoyed b-boying and rapping so much, my mother persuaded me to audition for the JYP Open Auditions. Until this day, I’m thankful for my mom’s support and encouragement then.
– What do you think you’ll be doing 10 years from now?
I want to get married when I’m 30 years old. But right now, I’m learning to play the piano to compose, and I have so much more I want to do.
– What’s the hardest thing you have been through as a leader?
It’s hardest when a mistake is made and I have to figure everything out. Because of that, I tend to take charge of the other members. I usually can’t tell what is difficult and what isn’t because I’ve been dancing for a while now and I have been teaching younger kids how to dance, and since I’ve been through a lot I can’t really tell the difference.
– What do you think the reason why people are loving 2PM is?
I think it’s because we’re always showing our true and honest selves. It’s very comfortable because we are all guys who have a passion for this job. It is also because we work hard. For vocal and dance training, we spend at least 6 hours a day of our time to practice. We also practice acrobatics. Since we don’t have a lot of time for exercising, we usually carry around a few weights and manage to exercise between our busy schedules.
– What is your dream for the future?
I want my family, friends, and fans to watch how hard we work and think “I must work hard, too”. And I want to work hard until I hear people say “Jaebum really works hard, he’s so cool and strong”. I want to be a person who leads the way for others.
– Which church do you attend in Korea, and what is your favorite scripture in the Bible?
Ever since I was a trainee, I went to church very often with 2AM’s Kwon, but I’m really sad that I don’t have much time to go anymore. I attend a church in Ahp Gu Jung, but I can’t understand everything in the sermon because I’m still learning Korean. My favorite scripture from the bible is John 3:16 (For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life.)
Translation Credit: MRS.JANGWOOYOUNG@2ONEDAY.COM