For the first time in years, Kim Jae-joong feels like he finally has the artistic freedom he has always wanted.
After 16 years in the business, Kim Jae-joong is as popular as ever and is sharing what keeps him excited in an interview with Star1 Magazine.
“It’s been 16 years since I debuted, but I don’t feel it,” said Kim. Rather, he feels like a rookie, especially when it comes to his activities outside of South Korea. “It seems like in Japan I am more like a hardworking rookie. To have a ‘rookie’s heart’ is a good feeling,” he said. However, location and having a “rookie’s heart” is only part of what of what has kept him excited about being in the entertainment business.
“I am grateful for being able to do what I wanted for the first time in eight years,” the singer and actor revealed. In 2018, the singer has dedicated more energy to his Japanese activities and appears to have been a welcomed change by both himself and those who work with him. “A lot of staff members greeted me and it was nice,” he said.
The JYJ member also has other things in the works, too. “We are currently preparing for an iHQ Channel show. It’s been a long time since I came back to television, and it seems like a lot of interesting artistic talent will come onto the program.” Besides this upcoming television show, he has another project that he is working on: his fan meeting.
His upcoming fan meeting J-Party & Mini Concert sold out just two minutes after they went on sale. Talking about the event, he said that it combines a full concert and fan meeting into one. Moreover, when he heard about it selling out it less than five minutes, he couldn’t believe it. “I thought it was a lie,” the singer revealed. “I am so grateful to my fans,” he said.
Kim Jae-joong’s entire interview along with the pictorial are in the February issue of Star1 Magazine.
Translated by O.C