After a number of years away from the scene due to members enlisting in the army and various other obligations, Super Junior will finally be making their long-awaited comeback on November 6. But while fans are undoubtedly itching for this comeback, one person isn't 100% confident about the group's return - Heechul.
In a lengthy new post on his Instagram, Heechul opened up about his worries over Super Junior's comeback, particularly concerns about his injured leg. Due to a car accident years ago, Heechul was left with chronic ankle pain and while he's been practising hard for Super Junior's comeback, the idol is doubtful that he will be able to 100% participate in his group's comeback.
While Heechul's post suggested that he may not participate in all of Super Junior's comeback activities, the group's label Label SJ has issued out a statement clarifying that Heechul will be participating in all of Super Junior's planned activities as normal and that his Instagram post has been misinterpreted.
Here's a translation of Heechul's heartwrenching Instagram post:
“Firstly, I’m writing this post while feeling sorry to my members, since I promised I wouldn’t write meaningful posts on social media.
Many already know, but I’m unable to use my left leg properly because of a car accident 11 years ago.
However, I’ve been having fun and enjoying doing activities since that time, and I’ve done so while smiling no matter how much it hurt.
But maybe because a lot of time has passed… I’ve now become more fearful too. As I said on ‘Life Bar’ recently, my ankle pain has often become more severe.
Sometimes people around me will joke, ‘Come on, it’s been ten years so it must be all better now!’ or ‘Aren’t you just faking it because you don’t want to dance?’ and I’d force myself to smile and move on. It’s because I’ve been doing variety shows since my debut, and in a way I’ve been living a smooth and happy life through variety… so I thought that I have to always make people laugh and act like everything is fine.
Being a human means that even if I try to do mind control and tell myself ‘I’ll be okay’ and ‘It will get better,’ when my body doesn’t follow along, the inverse proportion with my positive thoughts makes me feel the pain even more.
In conclusion, Super Junior is making a comeback on November 6. Since we’re making a comeback for the first time in a long while, the members and fans are all excited… and I was of course excited too.
But I think that I will probably not be able to do normal activities. I apologize again to the fans and members who’ve waited a long time but… I really have no confidence at all [that I can]… Because I have always been thinking this in my heart, I am ashamed to face the members and fans.
If I can make you understand and receive forgiveness with the excuse ‘I have to work hard in variety and promote!’ then I will be even more grateful as I smile and receive rehabilitation treatment, and I will try to keep my strength up.
I finish up this post by apologizing to anyone who has possibly felt uncomfortable while reading this selfish message.
Please don’t get a cold, and no matter how annoying it is, I ask you to always wear a seatbelt while you’re in the car.
Not long after Heechul shared his new blog post, fans started to shower him with love and support, so much so that a Naver article on Heechul's Instagram post became flooded with encouraging comments and the hashtag #GetWellSoonHeechul started trending on Twitter.
Here are some of the loving comments and tweets that fans have left for Heechul:
- Cheer up, really, Stay strong!
- Cheer up!!
- We know Suju was hurt a lot (bcs of car accident) especially Kyuhyun & Heechul.. I hope everyone will stay away from the aftermath for the rest of their live
Stay strong, Heechul, and we'll keep supporting you no matter what!
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