ILoveJYJ.com Jaejoong Day Interview with Parents Part 01 – JJ’s Adorable Childhood
A special way of education
The background behind the birth of “Insa” Jaejoong (T/N: “Insa” is the Korean word for saying hello or goodbye—in this context, it means saying hello to one’s elders)
Father: So, for that, our Jaejoong… on relationships between the seniors and the juniors there are a lot of cases like that, but on saying hello, I really taught it well—killed it.
Even when he was young, like when he comes home from school, he was the boy who said hello ten times if you met him ten times that day.
Mother: So one day he says—
“Mommy you know the Ajusshi (T/N: non-young man) upstairs… but I met him ten times (today). So I said hello all ten times but later the Ajusshi goes “Hey you dork (T/N: not quite the literal translation, but know that the name he calls JJ is rough but affectionate), stop saying hello, you dork. It’s ten times today!! And he just really scolded me… cuz I said hello ten times.”
– The Ajusshi is doing it because he finds you cute (T/N: literally, pretty, nice), it’s not that he’s scolding you, he’s doing it because you’re too lovable (adorable) because you’re so good at saying hello you’re cute.
“Ah~ I see^^”
Did he have the disposition to become an entertainer?
Kim Jaejoong opens his eyes to Fashion.
Older Sister: When we used to go to Everland (a theme park in Korea) Jaejoong was in elementary school. But when we used to go to Everland I liked clothes quite a bit, and at that time Sechs Kies (a Korean idol group) was in. There was this Burberry-style coat that Sechs Kies wore.
But that coat was gray. Something that really bling bling celebs wear. But I was working in the store one day and someone just swooshed by. I looked and it was Jaejoong. For my part, I was so embarrassed. This tiny kid came wearing his older sister’s clothes—how embarrassing is that. So I told him openly “Hey… hurry up and go home and change, change”… I told him that.
Jaejoong… for his part, in that young mind that he had, he had come wearing that in order to look cool, and his sister does not say that he looks good (T/N: literally, nice, pretty) but instead tells him to hurry up and go home and change… at that time he felt upset at his sister for the first time, he told me that story.
So because of that I wonder whether he had the “disposition to become an entertainer” from then on…
When he was younger he did straighten himself looking at the mirror before going to (even) the supermarket, but when he got to middle school it started to get worse, and
When he went outside and he wore clothes… now a bit before that he used to even wear his sisters’ pants. Because he had so many sisters he used to even wear our high-waisted pants for quite a while. Probably there are some pictures of that.
But starting one day, he asked Mom that starting middle school to (buy) him clothes too… so
(it seemed that) from then on he was embarrassed to wear clothes that his sisters wore around all the time…
We hear that his sisters doted on him
Older Sister: Ne~~ver could he possibly come home after being beaten up (by others). The eighth (sister) is only one year apart from Jaejoong and she was in the same grade as Jaejoong because Jaejoong was born earlier in the year (in Korea, if you are born in the early months of the year, you go to school with children who were born the previous year), and so although it was often that they would fight at home, when Jaejoong would get a blow at school, she didn’t stay put. Even if it took grabbing onto his hair and shaking him, Jaejoong never got hit.
Really… I shouldn’t say this on air but there were talks about Jaejoong’s sister being a gangster, they really were afraid of the sisters to that degree.
Jaejoong, under the protection of his sisters, probably didn’t get hit, at least.
Mother: So… his sister bought him a radio. The thing wasn’t a recorder, it was a radio that you could listen to, she bought him that. Like, I’ll buy you this, so study hard.
So she bought him the radio but Jaejoong didn’t study but now started to like the songs of H.O.T. (T/N: a Korean idol group)… since he liked them so much now, his sisters would by him the tapes and like them together.
So… now Jaejoong… he said that he had the thought that “ah… if I learn like this I feel like I can also become a good (entertainer) like this…” thoughts like that.
So from middle school on, “Mommy when I grow up I’ll be an entertainer.”
He even pierced his ears and would wear earrings during break but when he’d go to school then he’d take them out.
And for his hair, he’d practice on it—he’d dye them blond, then in red… so I said
You dye your hair in black right now…
(and he says) Mom I did something like this for the first time, can you please forgive me (and let me keep my hair)
So I told him, keep the hair for the vacation but once school starts dye it black… and he says yes.
ILoveJYJ.com Jaejoong Day Interview with Family Part 02 – JJ’s Runaway Story
The Greatest Sponsor (of them all) was the Lady at the PC-Room (T/N: A PC-Room is a form of internet café that is prevalent in Korea. People pay the PC-Room to use their computers (often to play computer games!))
So we say, you don’t study and you only go to PC-Rooms
So we scolded him and the sisters also go
Mom, Jaejoong went to the Arcade… But if you went to the Arcade, he wouldn’t be there.
So in the neighborhood there was a PC-Room, and if you go in the afternoon, the Ajumma (T/N: not-young woman—the female equivalent of “Ajusshi”) there would let you (play for) an hour if you just brought 500 KRW (T/N: approx. 0.50 USD), saying you’re good to have come (T/N: literally, “pretty,” “nice”)
(Jaejoong says to the PC-Room owner) “You know, I~ I’m going to sing to later become a singer. Would it be okay if I practice my singing here?”
– Okay, you come in the afternoon when there are no customer.
So whenever school gets out, Jaejoong would just disappear.
But later—the Ajumma told me…
Well, as for Jaejoong, he didn’t say (to us), he didn’t say that he practiced in the PC-Room.
But the PC-Room Ajumma said—
When (it became known that) Jaejoong was going to debut as an entertainer and become a singer
Then the PC-Room owner, the Ajumma said—your son, he practiced so much in our house (T/N: the PC-Room—this is a way of friendly speech)
When he came, I’d tell him, oh you’re so cute (T/N: literally, “pretty,” “nice”), come practice and sing, and I’d give him time (to do so in the PC-Room)
And he really became a singer. Really, I am just too happy… she went on like that.
So I did hear that Jaejoong had done all that.
He didn’t practice separately at home, or practice to others or anything like that.
Jaejoong ne~ver would practice at home.
He didn’t do it in front of us or our parents
He has never shown us his singing in front of his family, except for the youngest sister Su-young.
So we were also wondering—is Jaejoong really that good at singing? So we were wondering that, and he was really that good.
But our mother, she’s a very good singer.
So his humming to himself (instinctively), it seems that he did it from birth.
As for his dancing, for me I can’t tell whether he dances well.
Jaejoong… he is a good dancer, but when he dances, I can see his face and
I find it so funny, I just can’t watch him.
Did you not oppose (Jaejoong becoming a) singer?
The Kim Jaejoong Runaway-Story
So in the beginning he became a high school freshman and he goes
“Mom, can I become a singer?”
– A singer, what (kind of a question is that)? Just study hard. I don’t like such things.
“But still, Mom, I want to be a singer,” he goes.
– You can’t be a singer, I told him
And at first now, he (lost his way) and went wandering off, since we forbade him.
Ah. And so one time we told him to go out and deliver jjazangmyun (T/N: A Korean noodle dish with Chinese roots. It is a popular delivery item. For Americans, imagine becoming a pizza delivery man.) or something to become a singer, and
He really up and went! Because (he thought) that if he slept (in an unsavory place) on the way to getting to Seoul from the station he might get kidnapped for bad things, he walked without sleep for two days. To find a job.
But because he was young and a minor, the Chinese restaurant wouldn’t use him.
He wanted to do even jjazangmyun deliveries but they wouldn’t use him because he was so young. Really he wanted to even deliver jjazangmyun.
So he went to deliver newspapers, and the owner
He found that Jaejoong, whichever way he looked, wasn’t a rotten egg and he was (instead) very cute (T/N: literally, “pretty,” “nice”), and so
(Jaejoong asks the owner) “You know… I haven’t eaten in two days, can you please order some jjazangmyun for me” and so the (owner) orders for him jjazangmyun and a meal and he went and ate, and says
“I haven’t slept in two nights, I’ll sleep just a little bit.”
The owner (says to Jaejoong), you—if I’m going to hire you, you have to give me your address.
“You know… I’m not a bad person. I came out because I want to be a singer. In my house my parents forbade me so I ran away. My house, I have eight sister. I live in Kongju blah blah (T/N: Kongju is Jaejoong’s hometown). I’m not a bad person so you can hire me.”
So he fell asleep and this owner, he (calls me and says)
Do you have a son? I’ll keep him here, so come and take him.
So the oldest sister who was in Incheon (T/N: nearby city) came and took him.
After that, we asked Jaejoong, do you really want to do it that much, and he answers he really does want to do it.
But still we told him not to, but you know the fifth sister, the one who just had a baby.
The fifth sister and the fourth sister said
If you really want to do it, Jaejoong, do an Audition.
Since the sisters had a car while working,
On a Saturday they took him up there and back.
On the first day he got cut and he entered (into the Audition) the next day, and now
Best Look, Best Body… (T/N: Literally, “Face-Boss” and “(Body) Figure-Boss”) he won something like that, Jaejoong.
We hear that the sisters were a big help.
So the 5th sister Yusun (younger than the speaking sister) was like, then I’ll take him up there (to the Audition) secretly
Yusun and Jaejoong, they woke up without Dad knowing and they took the bus up together to Seoul.
That was when everything began.
Jaejoong, he always says, that the fifth sister
The one who helped him become a singer was the fifth sister, he says.
Everyone probably knows. Jaejoong is rea~lly nice (kindhearted).
He’s a guy, but because there were eight sisters and one boy, even his personality when he was young, was a girl, a girl.
A girl to the bone (T/N: literally, “by nature,” “from the sky”).
The sisters, so I’m the fourth and so I’d tell my younger sister to go buy me something, for example go buy me ice cream. I for sure told the fifth sister, but
In the end Jaejoong would go out and buy it.
The order would get passed and passed down until in the end it reached Jaejoong.
Jaejoong, he would have gone immediately if (some other) sister had told him to, but since the sister who was only one year apart from him had told him (to do these things), how annoying is that.
But still, he would go.
Jaejoong is really nice (kindhearted). From the perspective of others, they think things like, Jaejoong, because of the sisters, even his personality is that of a girl.
In some ways, Jaejoong has the strength of a man, but (in other ways) he is soft (delicate)
As he said on TV, Jaejoong really holds it in (endures pain) a lot. He holds everything in, endures it, and
He endures it three times. When I say three times, the “one” time in those three times isn’t the one time that we think of, but rather ten times, combine them and that’s the “one” time (in the three times).
He’s heart is really that big.
So that’s probably why Jaejoong (*embarrassed*)… that’s why he is so popular. This might be just his sister thinking but…
The excerpt is from 0:00 to 6:48 of the below broadcast– see it on ILoveJYJ’s YouTube Channel!