♥ You finally placed a ‘period’ in the busy life. What is the most memorable moment?
2005/11/06, the debut year. It’s been 7 years since we debuted but we still have the same mindset as a rookie. I debuted late as a 23years old and I always planned to go to army after 7 years of working. We received more love than we expected so I am able to leave with a happy mind.
♥ The hardest time?
=The time when members got involved in many incidents… I thought, ‘all that we did to get here…’ and ‘is everything over now?’ and was scared. But every time, members were there to protect me from the side, so I was able to withstand it.
♥ You are working hard right now. Isn’t it sad leaving?
=Yes I am sad. I finally feel like I know a bit of the stage, performing, MCing but pausing here for short time… is a bit… but every Korean men goes. I feel that I don’t have much experience in life because I debuted in early age so I can experience it this time. I think I will be able to understand the public better when I return.
♥ Reactions of people around you?
=Everyone tell me to play like crazy, drink, etc. But when I do try to play, (I guess checking schedule is part of work habit now), I drink little alcohol, worrying about the schedule next day. I spend the time quietly while working out.
♥ That’s not really leeteuk-like(?)
=Haha really? I’m contacting everyone who I am thankful to. Yesterday I called a person who used to be our stylist during rookie days. I was able to remember many memories.
♥ Reactions of Sunbaes?
=Kang HoDong sunbaenim says “So sad! It will help me if you were by my side when I return. Hyungs will do well so go and come back well.” Boom hyung said “I thought everything was over when I went to army but it wasn’t that. Hyungs will be doing well so come back~.” I am very thankful
♥ Departure party?
=I had a dinner with Lee Sooman teacher already. He told me ‘this is not the end’. There is a gathering of SM family members today (22nd). I heard this will be the first time everyone gathers. I am thankful but I also feel that I need to do well.
♥ What do you want to say to Super Junior members?
=Do as they are doing right now. I am worried about Donghae… We spent 13 years together so I worry that he will feel really empty. I hope he doesn’t.
♥ What do you expect of army life?
=Where will my personality go? I think I will continue to do everything with bright personality. I will be older than others but I will still be friendly with them. That’s me. oh, and if I have time, I want to master a foreign language. I felt frustrated sometimes during foreign concerts.
♥ Soon you’ll be Park Jung Su not celebrity Leeteuk. How do you feel?
=I always felt lonely. Thinking back now, celebrity Leeteuk received many spotlight and love but nobody took care of the ‘person Park Jung Su’. So I think that’s why I felt so empty and lonely. I want to spend the army time taking care of Park Jungsu.
♥ Have you thought of after army?
=I think it will be same as now. I think I will be stronger at heart though. One friend said “If you worked hard to gather fans till now, I hope you will be loved like this for a long time” and I want that to happen too. Thinking now, I want to return within 1-2weeks of returning from army. If I could do what I want, I would do a comeback showcase on the day of return. I hope everything is ready so you can’t even feel the gap. I will do my best to take care of myself too.
Grow the heart that will embrace the wide world!
P2- Leeteuk’s Letter to Park Jungsu
To Park Jungsu
During the 5 years as trainee, I wondered if I will go to army after ~7 years of working and it really happened… cool
You who really wanted to succeed and be admired.. The love you receive is unbelievably huge that it overflows, and the gap worries you… But enlisting in this attention makes you happy right?
Finally writing to you, which i kept off saying ‘I’m busy’…. Enlisting isn’t so bad.
You don’t know people well but I am proud of you introvert person enduring so much so far. also proud of you becoming brothers with members who were strangers at one time and achieving many together.
You may have many thoughts but I want you to put them down for few moments. If leader had to take care of people around him, then I think it’s time for you to find time to take care of yourself. I hope you become more adult-like while looking at yourself and finding things about yourself that you didn’t know before.
It will be hard and lonely but when this time pass, you will be able to embrace the world better. I anticipate for upgraded you in 21 months later… love you. Come back well from the army.
“Fans had hard time loving me for past 7 years. So you can cheat for 2 years. You will come back when I return right?”
We met him before a program recording in a waiting room. He was wearing clean clothes like usual and had his hair done. He was talking with the script writer and showed his passion for MCing. Leeteuk has been receiving many messages of “Come back well” and “You’ve done well” from staffs before announcing enlistment
On shows, he reveals shocking secrets and makes witty comments but in private, every staff love him and his manners.
We asked him how he felt enlisting at such a late age. He replied without any worry in his voice.
“I can’t really feel it. Many say you feel it after actually going in. Some cry on the day of enlistment so I’m worrying.”
Leeteuk debuted in 2005 with Super Junior. Many of their members were past the age of 20, and they debuted in a large group of 13, which caused many hateful comments like ‘Recycled idols’
But Super Junior defeated those kind of mindsets and stretched from Korea, Asia, and now World. Leeteuk said he never expected this much of popularity for Super Junior.
“We didn’t expect it. Back then, we just thought ‘Let’s become popular in Korea!’ and now 7 years later, many foreign fans love us. Who would have thought of Super Junior like this? The love is great and it’s a dream-like reality.”
He will be gone for 2 years and he will also be in his early 30′s when he returns. we asked if he worried that his fans will leave
“They’ve been loving Super Junior and Leeteuk for 7 years. We had many hard times, remember? Fans with us right now have endured all that. They can cheat for 2 years. I trust they will come back. You will right?”
As Leeteuk said, Super Junior is receiving much love and is one of the most popular groups. He also has firm position as a singer and an MC.
We asked him an odd question. “How was ‘Normal person Park Jungsu’ in past 7 years?” His response was different from what we thought of him, an always bright person.
“I didn’t think i’d receive this question. Honestly, Super Junior member Leeteuk was happy. But Park Jungsu was lonely. Why? I didn’t have time to think about myself. Work was always first. Because of that, I wondered ‘does Park Jungsu exist?’. I debuted with a stage name and people love Leeteuk not Park Jungsu. It sets a wall.”
He plans to look for ‘Park Jungsu’ in the two years at army.
“now it’s a chance for me to become Park Jungsu not celebrity Leeteuk. I want to hear what Park Jungsu is like, not the one that shows through tv programs.”
We asked him if he prepared anything for enlisting. He said he prepared stories.
“Because I am a celebrity, many will ask questions. Kangin told me, ‘you think you’ll have much to say right? you’ll run out in 3 days.’ If you make up something, it’ll be exposed later. So I am building repertories.” (laugh)
Leeteuk will become the 3rd Army Trained member of Super Junior. Kangin has finished his service time and Kim Heechul is currently serving his. Leeteuk will follow them.
But Leeteuk’s position is different than the other two. he is the leader that’s been standing for past 7 years.
“I am thankful for members who have followed me, a lacking leader, for past 7 years. Who will be next leader? Eunhyuk is aiming for it. (laugh) Some tell me to pass on the leader spot but I wont.”
You need a leader to lead when he’s gone. But Teuk does not plan on assigning one. Why?
“If I leave the leader spot to someone else, I feel that my spot will be gone. I want people to say ‘Super Junior leader Leeteuk’ when introducing me. It’s been like that and it will continue to be. I am greedy and wish I will be the eternal Leader of Super Junior.”
He will prepare the 2nd act of his life. We asked about his plans.
“If i have time to relax in the army, I want to learn a foreign language. As Kpop gained popularity, we can sing in foreign languages right? But I want to reach the level where I can MC in their language too. Like speaking native languages in Japan and China.”
We asked about plans of Park Jungsu again. His dream was small.
“I want to show a firmer Park Jungsu in my 30′s. I want to become someone that will not shake no matter what. I don’t want to feel the confusion between Leeteuk and Park Jungsu again.”
In the short time we met him, he told us of his worries and life as Super Junior. He did not hesitate in any parts.
He has many tears so we asked him “are you going to cry on enlistment day?” He replied this
“I talked to Eewan hyung after Boom went to army. ‘Don’t cry when you enlist. when you watch later, you get embarassed’. I replied ‘why would you cry?’ but I dont think I will be able to stop myself from crying haha.”