On January 1, 2022 at 12AM KST, DAY6 member Jae announced via Twitter that he will be taking a hiatus from the group’s activities.
In a post shared to his personal Twitter account at midnight, Jae stated that he and JYP Entertainment “have made the decision for [him] to take a break,” though he did not elaborate too much on the details.
Hello My Day,
I am sincerely grateful for everyone who has been with DAY6 and me. For the past six years, I have had a very good time and made memories that will last forever in my heart. I have had a lot of thoughts and ideas, and put in a lot of work, but I am still lacking in many ways, so I can’t stay where I am right now.
After a thorough discussion with JYP Entertainment, I am sorry to tell you that we have made the decision for me to take a break from DAY6’s activities for the time being. I will cherish all the memories, from the sweat and tears we shed together to the adventures and thrills that we shared for the past six years. I will return after working on myself. Thank you!
Half a day later on January 1, 2022 at 12PM KST, however, JYP Entertainment shared a contradicting announcement to DAY6’s official Twitter account. The tweet claims Jae’s contract with the agency has been terminated as of December 31, 2021 and that he is no longer a part of DAY6.
Hello, this is JYP Entertainment.
First of all, we would like to apologize to My Days who have been nothing but completely supportive for DAY6. We are sorry for the sudden, shocking news.
As of December 31, 2021, Jae’s contract with the agency has expired. For personal reasons, he will no longer be a part of the team DAY6. We inform you that we reached this conclusion after through discussion and that we respect Jae’s decision to terminate the contract.
While our relationship with Jae has come to an end, we will always support him in his endeavors and wish him the best on this new adventure he has set on.
Additionally, JYP Entertainment will continue to try its best in managing DAY6’s future activities. We thank you, My Days, for the undivided love and support.
— JYP Entertainment
In response to the agency’s tweet, DAY6 fans are expressing great concern and frustration—especially because in a live broadcast that immediately followed his personal tweet, Jae reassured his fans that he “will return.”
Meanwhile, Jae has commented in his latest Twitch stream (ongoing live on January 1, 2022 KST as the agency’s announcement came) that he “has talked to the boys” and that DAY6 will “come full circle.” He confirmed that he is no longer in DAY6 “for now,” but insisted that “the five of [them] will most likely be on a stage again.”
“Please trust me, trust Jae of DAY6. If you don’t trust me, trust the boys. I’ve talked to the boys, no worries.” pic.twitter.com/mHOqJuTbke
— ㅈㅍ (@eaJFeel) January 1, 2022
It’s going to take a little bit of time for the boys to come back and be ready full circle because they’re on military duty, right? So once everyone’s back, we’ll probably sit down, have another discussion, because we already talked about it. I think we’re good. You’re just going to have to trust me. Or if you don’t trust me, trust the boys. That’s all there is to it. So there will be group activities as a whole. In my mind right now, I say yes. I would be very surprised if there came a reality in the future where we did not participate again as DAY6. I don’t know about the name or how that situation’s going to go, but the five of us will most likely be on a stage again.
— Jae via @lunekyh on Twitter
While Jae continues to claim he and DAY6 will return whole, the agency has made his departure from the group official and permanent; DAY6 fans remain unclear as to what is actually happening between the member and the agency and continue to demand a better explanation.