Singer Jung Yun-ho, a member of K-pop duo TVXQ, will release a children’s book. Courtesy of SM Entertainment
By Lee Gyu-lee
Jung Yun-ho, better known as U-Know Yunho of K-pop duo TVXQ, will be releasing a children’s book on Sept. 20, raising some eyebrows as he made headlines after violating social distancing rules at an escort bar in February.
YouTube channel CheckThisOut announced Sunday that the members of TVXQ ― Jung and Shim Chang-min ― will each release children’s books that they wrote with a group of children as part of a project for the channel.
“(Jung’s book) tells the tale of U-Know Yunho’s childhood and follows a journey of a candid, innocent childhood spirit,” it said of Jung’s book.
In a preface for the book, Jung expressed that he was able to “find childhood innocence that has been trapped underneath the cover of being an adult” through working on the book. “As I did, I hope you can take the time to explore your own childhood spirit,” he wrote.
When his book release hit the news, some people questioned whether it is appropriate for him to write a children’s book.
The singer has been caught violating the government’s social distancing measures, implemented to curb the spread of the pandemic.
His agency SM Entertainment initially gave a statement that Jung mistakenly stayed beyond the nighttime curfew at a restaurant, chatting with his friends.
But when a local broadcaster, MBC, reported that he was drinking at an “unregistered escort bar” in southern Seoul past the curfew, the agency said Jung was merely following his friend who asked him to come along.
“Yunho made his first visit to the bar after his friend called him, asking for some advice. The singer spent time with his friends only,” it said.
He withdrew from TV shows and commercials, including Mnet’s show “Kingdom: Legendary War,” until he began making appearances on the CheckThisOut channel for the project.Internet Explorer Channel Network