Crush has finally made his comeback after two years with “Rush Hour,” featuring BTS‘s J-Hope. He completed his mandatory military service just last month.
Crush guested on Episode 15 of IU‘s Palette to promote his comeback. During the 46-minute episode, he displayed his true personality as he bowed several times throughout it.
Near the beginning of the episode, Crush and IU caught up, talking about their connections. They remembered how they had guested at each other’s concerts before.
[TRANS] 191231 IU shares that she’s actually not close with Crush but was invited to his concert as guest thanks to her band members
“Crush is preparing for a cool perf after this in the backstage so they ask me to stay here longer & buy him some time”
— Team 🌟🍬 (@IUteamstarcandy) December 31, 2019
Considering they are not very close friends, Crush was especially touched by IU’s guesting at his solo concert as it was also a holiday. IU revealed that she had actually gone to the concert straight from the airport from her own concert abroad.
Crush: I was really thankful for you back then because that was December 31st!
Crush: You could have had other schedules, but you gladly accepted it at once. Thank you.
IU: Can I add one to that? That day, I finished my last concert in Jakarta and came back to Korea, and I went there right away on that day.
Crush: Directly from the airport.
IU: Directly from the airport.
Crush was even more grateful than before. So, he bowed to IU, much to her surprise.
Crush: I should bow to you at least.
IU: Oh, no, please.
Crush: Long may you live.
IU: There aren’t many who actually do this.
That was the first of many times Crush bowed during the episode, though. Later, Crush talked about working with J-Hope for “Rush Hour” and how the BTS member had worked so hard that he even researched all of Crush’s work beforehand.
J-Hope didn’t stop there. He sent flowers and a cake to Crush and even snacks to the set of IU’s Palette, asking them to take care of Crush.
This guy seriously surprises me every time I see him. There’s a reason why he’s successful.
— Crush talking about J-Hope
Crush was so shocked and touched by J-Hope’s kindness on his behalf. IU said that J-Hope’s gesture communicated that he must think so highly of Crush.
Crush: Why does that make me…! I mean… I just brought myself here. Oh my gosh.
IU: That’s how fondly J-Hope thinks of you as a person. That’s how he’ll be this nice for him so we got to think the other way around. ‘Crush must be a great human being.’
Crush: Thank you, J-Hope.
IU encouraged Crush to bow toward J-Hope to express his gratitude as he had done earlier for her. So, he did just that.
IU: You should bow once.
Crush: I’m bowing twice today. Thank you!
IU: Oh, wow! Never saw someone plop down and bow like that.
Yet, Crush didn’t stop there. He then bowed towards BTS’s fandom, ARMY, who has been supporting his comeback, as well as IU’s fandom, UAENA! After bowing so much, IU expressed concern for his knees.
Crush: Thank you so much, ARMY!
IU: You bowed three times today.
Crush: Thank you, UAENA!
IU: Seems like you have bad knees. I can hear crunching sounds whenever you bow.
Even at the end of the episode, Crush bowed again!
I can’t breathe crush kept bowing to everyone in this episode and iu nagging him😭😭😭even at the end he bowed to the ground 😭pic.twitter.com/L0Uwqy9CMr
— army forever bangtan forever 🍓🧸 (@bluesideIover) September 22, 2022
There are multiple ways to bow in Korean culture. The big bow in which one goes on their knees as Crush did is reserved for special occasions to communicate either extreme remorse or gratitude. So, Crush’s actions speak volumes.
Bowing has deep roots in Korean society. The big/deep bow where a person bows so deeply, the forehead touches the floor is done for special occasions such as holidays, weddings, funerals, ancestral rites, greeting elders after long absence, showing extreme remorse or gratitude. pic.twitter.com/JvuGV7yEsT
— Jimin Global 🌎 | Jimtober is coming (@JiminGlobal) July 20, 2021
Fans couldn’t help but be impressed by Crush. He really made sure to thank everyone sincerely.
the way crush did a full bow to thank hobi and then for us😭 pic.twitter.com/G0csGfN9pE
— lau⁷ (@jvnggkuk) September 22, 2022
HE IS SO REAL FOR THIS HELP 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/u9Ny77v9nL
— kath⑰ (@kdramatreats) September 22, 2022
this is so sweet pic.twitter.com/tWvH18Ja0F
— lau⁷ (@jvnggkuk) September 22, 2022
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