It was 9 am in the morning and there were more than 200 reporters gathered at the HYBE 19th floor. This floor was mostly used for any high-end meetings, programmes and so on. It was first time used for my press conference. I was in the lounge waiting for Taehyung to arrive. My Mom Dad and Yugyeom came with me. Yugyeom was sitting next to me. He was on his phone.
“Yugy, is all okay?” I asked him expecting him to tell me why he had become so distant.
“Ah, yes. I am fine. I was planning on buying these shoes for me. But I am confused because there are 2 more different and awesome brands of shoes.” He replied totally shutting my mouth.
“Okay.” I replied and turned to look away.
Well, that really hurt. Ever since we came from BTS’ house, he had become very distant. And I didn’t really like it. I mean, if he was behaving such because of the day I would have to leave was nearing, then that was foolish, isn’t it? He had to speak to me. Even Taehyung spoke about it. But yes, there were 2 more people who never mentioned anything. My Mom Dad. I looked at them and they were already looking at me. I smiled at them and they did the same.
“You okay, love?” My Mom asked me and I nodded.
“Jungkook, you ready? It’s time.” Informed one of the staff and I got up to leave, but stopped when I saw Yugyeom was still in his phone.
“Aren’t you coming up with me? I don’t mind if you wana stay at all.” I told him, but no response.
I walked away and as soon I entered, the whole place went silent as dead. I looked everywhere and it never felt awkward that all eyes were on me. It ‘s okay to say that I missed this attention, these conferences, these meetings. I gave my best smile to everyone and bowed to all. But today it wasn’t like always. The reporters swarmed at me before, everybody was very self-disciplined today.
I went and sat the table in front. My CEO sat besides me. He patted my back.
“If you feel even a bit uncomfortable, just look at me okay?” He whispered to me and I nodded with a smile.
“Alright, good morning everyone. First of all, I want to thank you for being present on such a short notice. Now we will take questions. But please one at a time. Thanks.” My CEO said and he sat down.
I adjusted my mic and smiled before starting.
“Am I live already?” I asked and my company staff gave me a thumbs-up.
“Hello, Good morning, well I know I don’t have to introduce myself, but still, I am Jeon Jungkook, your one only Kookie. I want to thank everyone for being here today. For the past year, I have missed these meetings and conferences. I am very happy that I get to meet the media from Korea today. Please bear with me and forgive me if I unknowingly offend or say something weird.” I said and all the reporters smiled as well.
“Jungkook-shi, you’re being very humble. It’s okay. Be yourself. We will try our best too.” Said one of the reporters and I nodded.
Reporter 1: “Jungkook what was the reason why you announced an emergency conference?”
Reporter 2: “Jungkook, since you went live yesterday, millions of your fans have been expressing their concerns over the sudden and short live, your health and then the conference. What do you have to tell them?”
“First of all…. ” I said and took a deep breath.
“I am sorry. Why I am saying sorry? What I am about to tell you now may come as a shock to all my dear fans and everyone present here or watching this live conference, but trust me, I never intended to do this, but I don’t want to leave without saying a last goodbye. And that is exactly the reason of this conference.” I replied and then grabbed a bottle of water and had a large sip of water.
Everybody went silent again as I drank water. After I kept the bottle back, one of the reporters raised his hand and I nodded him to continue. He looked familiar.
Reporter 3: “Hello, Kookie, do you remember me? I am you old media friend, back from when you just started as a idol in your previous American Music Label. I am Robert Watson and I am specifically here on the behalf of American fans and your label.” He said and immediately I remembered him.
I waved to him and smiled.
“Hi, yes. I remember you. How are you doing. Well, it’s a pleasure. How was your flight down here? Are you doing well?” I asked him and everybody turned to look at this handsome man in his early 30s.
Robert: “Ah, yes. I got on flight as soon as I saw your conference. But I am more concerned on why you said ‘a last goodbye’? Are you leaving somewhere? Are you thinking of retiring as a singer?” He asked me.
“Alright, which one is doing live here?” I asked and one of the reporters pointed at the camera.
“Jungkook-shi, over here.” He said and I nodded.
This was going to be very hard. But I had to get past it.