Kim Hyun Joong, living in a world where manipulation and self-serving motives are the norm, continues to maintain his honesty, integrity, and purely loving heart, as demonstrated in his own words. Combing through every interview transcript and video with english subs I could get my hands on, I have come to the conclusion that he loves his work, his heart remains sincere toward his fans, and he puts forth a face of honesty and integrity when he is called upon to share what is inside his mind. Following are my impressions on the collections of interviews and real world interactions from the Angel of the East: Kim Hyun Joong.
After reading and watching multiple interviews and clips, I have come to several conclusions. First, Kim Hyun Joong is honest. I really don’t believe he is capable of a lie or deception. He is so frank, people are taken by surprise, and usually laugh hard at his bold comments because they are so shocked they don’t know what else to do. Every interview has a moment like this where Hyun Joong has said something shocking and everyone busts up laughing. He usually pauses briefly before answering questions which shows he is sincerely considering his answer rather than spouting off something pre-rehearsed. Sometimes he takes even longer than a moment to think a question over indicating he is giving it some real thought before answering to make sure he is able to communicate what he really thinks.
His body language is always open and inviting. His voice is always soft and steady. He refers to himself in the first person saying “I” feel this or do this. He maintains good eye contact, alertness, and good posture with arms resting comfortably at his sides even if he is holding a microphone. He does not appear to be nervous in any way with no fidgeting or constantly crossing and uncrossing legs or arms. He sits quietly and remains alert and engaged with the person giving the interview. He never gives the tell tale signs of a lie. If you are unfamiliar with what those are, check it out here:
Secondly, Hyun Joong has a sincere and deep love for his fans. He usually mentions them several times, whether it is thanking them for their love and support, or revealing the special things he has done or wants to do for them. The handshake fan meetings would be an example of one of those loving gestures. He mentions this in his interview in Thailand after performing his debut concert there for Summer 2012. He assured the Thai fans of his deep appreciation and promises to visit them each year if it is within his capability. Notice he used the word visit. If he were only interested in performances and success, he would have said he would hold a concert each year or that he would include them in his tour.
No, Hyun Joong actually wants to visit his fans. He wants to greet each one individually and shake their hand as a gesture of thankfulness and love. When he is asked about reasons for this project or that one, he almost always says he is doing it to give back to his fans. He will mention again how he must work hard and constantly improve himself to earn their love and support. Now that I know him as a fan, I will love and support him no matter what. He doesn’t have to work himself to the grave for that. I appreciate him as a whole artist, but I include Hyun Joong as a human being in that love and support as well. He has to do nothing but just be himself, and I will love him forever. I have not even been a participant in any of these fan meetings where he shook hands with the entire crowd. I only heard about these gestures, and he has my heart for a lifetime. He is who he is and does what he does. That is completely enough for me.
“All the while I am very touched by everybody’s love and support towards me, therefore in order to express my heartfelt thankfulness, I have decided to shake hand with every fans who come to the venue.” —Kim Hyun Joong
Finally, Kim Hyun Joong truly loves what he is doing. I did a whole article on this in Kim Hyun Joong: Vision of an Angel. He does not do this for the power rush, the money, the success, or the admiration and recognition. All of those things have come to him because he is passionate about what he is doing. He has said that music will be with him until he dies. He loves it and could not live without making music as an expression of his artistic vision. He is pursuing acting at this time because he loves it only secondly to music. He enjoys becoming a character and protraying it for the audience so they can experience it with him. He is truly talented at doing this as seen in the latest still from City Conquest where he is hugging Jung Yumi. The look on his face is full of emotion, and as I look at it, my heart is breaking open for whatever his character Baek Mir is going through to cause such an expression. He has accomplished his goal with just a photo. I can’t wait to watch the drama and experience the entire story.
Some naysayers might conclude that Hyun Joong is just putting on a show in all of his appearances whether they be concerts, dramas, tours, or live interviews, to further his career. Even to the point of doubting his sincerity and saying he is only maintaining his healthy and positive image to gain fans and attention in the industry. There are some who even make up allegations of romance and claim Hyun Joong is hiding the truth to protect his career. There may be some entertainers who do this. Who adopt an image and are so engrossed in it, they hide the truth to keep the public from changing their minds about them. These types always get caught in their deceptions sooner or later. If Hyun Joong was hiding something, we would have known by now. There is simply no basis for any of these claims, and I feel they are malicious and spread out of jealousy by fans of other stars or even by those who claim to be Hyun Joong’s fans just to have something juicy to talk about.
I think the funniest allegation I came across was that Hyun Joong had plastic surgery on his nose. I could not find anything to substantiate that claim, but the story was that he had an injury playing soccer and had plastic surgery to correct it. Well, my response is so what? I don’t think it was to further his career in any way. If he had an injury that needed correction, it was just that. Honestly, like Kim Hyun Joong needs to have plastic surgery to improve his looks? For real? Get a life, people. He was already beautiful as a baby and young child. He has the same deep, soulful, intelligent eyes. The same naturalness in front of the camera as we can see in his baby pictures. He does not need to change a thing to be the Most Handsome Man in Korea. The award was well deserved, if you can say someone deserves an award for what is God given! LOL!
The other axe grinding through the rumor mill is the idea that somehow Kim Hyun Joong and Hwangbo Hyejeong, better known as simply Hwangbo, are in a secret romance that started on We Got Married and has somehow continued (without any proof whatsoever) behind the scenes these past 4 years. The accusations are flying in the Hwangbo camp that Hyun Joong is hiding her because it would hurt his success and that she is somehow accepting his wish for privacy because she is a good and submissive woman. OMO OMO OMO! Kurechi? Really? Why have we not seen even one photo of the two of them together (unless it is an obviously doctored photoshop job by those who are either jokesters or honestly wishing there would be some proof) or heard nary a word from Hyun Joong? In one interview, he did elude to a woman with whome he shared a romantic encounter that he felt in his heart was destiny. This was the inspiration for the song Kiss Kiss. He does not reveal her name, but states it is a Korean woman. I believe it is someone he carried a torch for who is not capable of being with him for whatever reason. (Hard to imagine a woman telling him ‘no,’ I KNOW! But, it could be for any number of reasons.)
“At that time, I did not like keeping our relationship a secret. So I would often go out with her for movies and meals. I’m the kind of person who will put everything I have into a relationship. I also believe in love at first sight. If I like someone, I won’t hide my feelings. I will chase the girl passionately.” —Kim Hyun Joong
Could it be Hwangbo? Very unlikely. The truth is, I would not even know the name Hwangbo if it weren’t for WGM and her association with Kim Hyun Joong. Her career was already becoming historic when they did WGM together. Not that she is not worthy of success. The hard facts in the business are this: If you do not get exposure, you do not succeed. It is harder for an older star to keep themselves in the public eye. It is just a fact. If she were in fact in a relationship with Kim Hyun Joong, it would be to her advantage and impossible to hide. His popularity and visibility are too much. Really? Would she never be in his car when he travels to and from his engagements? Would she never have talked to him on the phone and someone overheard? Honestly, I would break up with him in a heartbeat if he was my man and either he was hiding me to advance his career, or our relationship would truly destroy it if it was found out. If she really loves him, she’d either be around him or break it off if their association would be detrimental to him. Which, by the way, I don’t believe it would. His fans would be fine with it as long as he was truly happy with her.
I am a supporter of Kim Hyun Joong. Not just a supporter, but a silent partner, a true friend. I don’t know him like a close friend, of course. I have no interaction with him on a personal level. But, from the public appearances and interviews I have witnessed, I have had a glimpse inside his heart. It is a sincere and true heart. When you love and support someone, you simply believe in them. There is nothing more important to a loved one than trust. Men are especially in need of a woman who gives them this simple type of love. Just support them in their endeavors to achieve success, and believe in their capability. In another interview, Hyun Joong stated that he wrote and sang Marry Me/Marry You for his fans. He just wants us to love and believe in him. I, for one, do truly love and support him. I will never doubt the sincerity or capabilites of Kim Hyun Joong: Angel of the East.
Marry Me/Marry You
I Promise That Moment I Swear (I swear on this moment)
Please accept my heart
This is a love song for you