Eagle-Eyed Netizens Spot An Indication That NCT’s Lucas May Return Soon
NCT member Lucas‘s hiatus from the group has been going on for over a year and a half after gaslighting accusations were made against him in August 2021.
Since then, he has made a few social media posts and recently appeared on NCT’s reality show Welcome to NCT Universe. Still, there has been no definitive statement on his future from SM Entertainment.
Lucas’s most recent update happened on April 11, when he shared an Instagram story showing him practicing a dance with someone. Many took this as a sign that he may be preparing to rejoin active promotions.
[OFFICIAL] 230411 #LUCAS (lucas_xx444) Instagram Story Update 🦁💚
🖇 https://t.co/yN5izmfps5#NCT #WayV @WayV_official@nctyzenbase @nctyzenbase_ 🐹 pic.twitter.com/WTMVAf4BOR
— nctyzenbase²³ (@nctyzenbase) April 11, 2023
Recently, netizens were given another reason to believe he may return soon.
Last month, the newest NCT unit DoJaeJung made their debut with the title track “Perfume.” The trio has been making music show appearances and promoting the release in several ways, releasing all sorts of content.
My moods getting ready to socialise #isfj #NCT_DOJAEJUNG #DOJAEJUNG #NCT #Perfume #DOJAEJUNG_Perfume
짙은 농도에…🐰 짙은 농도에…🍑 짙은 농도에…🐶 (X∞) #짙농정혼 #짙은농도 #퍼퓸챌린지 #PerfumeChallenge #퍼챌 #NCT_DOJAEJUNG #DOJAEJUNG #NCT #Perfume #DOJAEJUNG_Perfume
This includes behind-the-scenes clips, including the filming of their pre-release movie “Triangular Theory Of Love.” The members look gorgeous in the video, but one moment stood out to fans.
While filming outdoors, Jungwoo is shown standing at a bus stop. A zoomed-in clip of the stop’s seemingly random bus numbers is shown just before, which made fans curious about its meaning.
Clever fans quickly realized that the bus stop’s twenty-three numbers correlated to each NCT member’s birthday, including Lucas’s (1/25), in the order that they joined NCT officially.
— dina (@WAYVSI0N) April 30, 2023
As always, with potential news of Lucas’s return, fans’ reaction has been mixed, with some overjoyed they have been given another indication of his possible return.
I'm going to take this as a first May update and a sign that the return of our sunshine is getting closer ︎♥︎#LUCAS #WeLoveYouLucas pic.twitter.com/cTDAHwQYIo
— (ᓀ‸ᓂ) (@peachesxjjh) April 30, 2023
LUCAS WONG BIRTHDAY?????!!!!! NCT 2023????!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/IR9BjnHXJt
— ♡LUCAS IS BACK🦁 ²³✧ (@allforlovenct) May 1, 2023
Others have reacted harshly to the “easter egg,” expressing they would rather hear updates about the SM Rookies and where they will debut.
me when i counted 23 https://t.co/KDVgeR3fpP pic.twitter.com/mMh7UBFuGq
— brilee (@flukenatouchs) May 1, 2023
not a single person asked for ot23 WE WANT THE ROOKIES https://t.co/jwRINKO8W6
— steph IS SEEING TWICE (@paintmeonce) May 1, 2023
Only time will tell if this was another indication of Lucas’s return.