The music video for DAY6‘s “Shoot Me” hit 50 million views recently.
The official DAY6 social media accounts shared a congratulatory post in honor of the milestone. It included an edited still from the MV.
MyDays (DAY6’s fandom) noticed a member was intentionally cropped out. Jae (also known as eaJ), a significant part of this comeback at the time, was not included in the post but instead purposefully removed.
On Instagram, the comment section is filled with upset MyDays calling out JYP Entertainment for leaving Jae out. Fans wanted to be excited about the achievement but thought it disrespectful to leave out a member, who was clearly part of the song.
On January 1, 2022, at midnight KST, Jae announced that he would be taking a hiatus from the band in a now-deleted post on X (formerly Twitter). Before this, MyDays had long speculated that he had already left JYP Entertainment.
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 happy time and made memories that will last forever with me. 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 discussing with JYP, 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 the memories, from the sweat and journeys together to the crying and rejoice that we felt for the past six years. and will return more improved. This has been DAY6’s Jae.
Not even a day later, JYP Entertainment shared a statement that contradicted Jae’s. It announced that Jae’s contract with the entertainment company had officially been terminated as of December 31, 2021, and that he is actually no longer a member of DAY6. So, he has also been intentionally removed from many group photos.
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
Despite JYP Entertainment’s actions and statement, Jae attempted to reassure fans that there would be an OT5 comeback one day. He explained that they would meet again once the members fulfilled their mandatory military service.
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
“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
— sasha (@eaJFeel) January 1, 2022
Yet, this was a couple of years ago now. The DAY6 members have all returned from the military and are active as a group again, while Jae has been pursuing his solo career as eaJ.
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