WayV Lucas on ‘hiatus’, SME responds with his statement after gaslighting allegations
Lucas on hiatus, says he is reflecting on his actions after three alleged fans accused him of gaslighting
Lucas is a part of not one but 3 groups under SM Entertainment.
He is a member of NCT and its Chinese sub-unit WayV, as well as SM’s supergroup SuperM that includes members of SHINee, EXO, and NCT.
Other than that, Lucas has also been very popular as a brand ambassador for international luxury brands like Burberry.
Despite all of his successful ventures, an alleged girlfriend of Lucas broke Twitter on August 23 when she posted a thread on the social media app that had all the “evidence” proving how Lucas had been gaslighting her over the past few months. OP (original poster) said that she was his fan before they dated but soon after they broke up, all the issues started.
NCT’s Lucas posts handwritten apology for past behavior; SM releases statement and halts his activities
NCT and WayV member Lucas and SM Entertainment broke their silence on the scandal revolving over him gaslighting his ex-girlfriends.
On August 23, Chinese and Korean netizens uploaded posts claiming to be Lucas’ ex-girlfriends and accused him of gaslighting, cheating, and being a “money-leecher.”
SM Entertainment and Lucas respond to allegations
After two days of silence and a massive uproar in the NCT fandom, NCT’s agency, SM Entertainment, released a statement today regarding the allegations. The company’s statement was released by K-media outlet Star Today.
The company hasn’t outrightly denied the allegations. Instead, they have chosen to suspend Lucas’ activities for the time being, including Lucas and Hendery’s upcoming single “Jalapeño.”
Fans can read the entire statement below:
“Hello. This is SM Entertainment. We apologize for causing concern due to our artist Lucas’s personal life. We recognized the seriousness of this matter and have decided to halt the release of all content for WayV’s Lucas and Hendery’s single “Jalapeño,” including the song and music video scheduled to be released on August 25, 6 pm KST. Lucas is deeply reflecting on having caused great pain and disappointment due to his wrong behavior, and we also feel responsible for our poor management of the artist. We once again deeply apologize for causing concern to many people, including fans, with Lucas’s personal matters.”
On the same day, Lucas also took to his personal Instagram to share a handwritten apology. The letter is written in Chinese and translated into Korean with the help of others in the caption, as mentioned by him.
He mentions that his past behavior was “irresponsible” and “clearly wrong” in the letter. He also apologized to company staff, members, broadcasting networks, firms, and fans for causing inconvenience.
Read Lucas’ apology below (Translation taken from Soompi):
“This is Lucas. I apologize to those who were hurt by my wrong behavior. If you give me a chance, I would like to personally convey my words of apology. I also genuinely apologize to my fans, who have given me lots of love and support. While watching the situation during the past few days, I have looked back on my past behavior and sincerely reflected on it. Looking back on my past behavior, it was clearly wrong, and it was irresponsible behavior that betrayed the support that my fans have shown me for a long time. I would like to once again apologize to everyone who was disappointed by my actions. I will make sure that something like this does not occur again, and I will halt all of my scheduled activities to take time to reflect on myself. Lastly, I would like to apologize to the members, company staff, the many cooperative firms, and broadcasting personnel for causing an inconvenience. I sincerely apologize.”
NCT-zens react to Lucas’ scandal and apology
The NCT fandom remains divided over Lucas’ scandal, while many are still pouring their love for him on social media.
The alleged ex-girlfriends had posted screenshots and photos as evidence on social media to prove their claims. However, fans believe the scandal is fake and created by sasaengs (obsessive fans who have stalker tendencies).
Many came forward as they noticed something being off in the evidence and started “debunking” it.
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Lucas Wong Yuk-hei , better known mononymously as Lucas , is a Hong Kong rapper, singer and model of Thai and Chinese descent.
(Chinese: 黃旭熙; born 25 January 1999)
He is a member of the South Korean boy group NCT, its Chinese sub-unit WayV and rotational sub-unit NCT U, as well as the supergroup SuperM. In China, he has appeared as a regular cast member of the seventh and ninth season of the popular variety show Keep Running.
SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. is a South Korean multinational entertainment company.
It is one of South Korea’s largest entertainment companies where it was established in 1995 by record executive and record producer Lee Soo-man.
The company has been responsible for fostering and popularizing the careers of myriad of K-pop stars garnering huge global fanbases.
The company operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and music publishing house. SM Entertainment is known for having led the worldwide K-pop phenomenon and the musical side of “Hallyu”, also known as the “Korean Wave”, with early overseas successes such as H.O.T., S.E.S. and BoA.
The label has also represented K-pop artists such as TVXQ!, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, J-Min, Shinee, Zhou Mi, Exo, Red Velvet, NCT, SuperM and Aespa, and previously represented S.E.S., Fly to the Sky, Shinhwa, TraxX, Jang Na-ra, The Grace, f(x) and Henry Lau. It also manages actors, including Kim Min-jong, Lee Jae-ryong, Yoo Ho-jeong, Ki Do-hun and previously represented Lee Yeon-hee, Go Ara. In Japan, SM co-publishes Avex Trax releases for artists including Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, and Koda Kumi, as well as Johnny’s Entertainment artists such as Arashi and KAT-TUN.
NCT is a South Korean boy group formed by SM Entertainment. NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology.
The group is divided into multiple sub-units. Since the group’s initial introduction by their native label’s founder in January 2016, the group consists of 23 members as of April 2021, ranging from their late-teens to mid-twenties and participating in a total of four different sub-units.
The group introduced their first unit, the rotational NCT U, on April 9, 2016 with the double digital single “The 7th Sense” and “Without You”. It was followed by the Seoul-based unit NCT 127 on July 7, 2016 with their eponymous extended play and later the then-teenage only unit NCT Dream on August 24, 2016 with the digital single “Chewing Gum”. The group then introduced their first overseas localized sub-unit WayV, a seven-member unit based in China, on January 17, 2019 with the single album The Vision. Their second overseas localized sub-unit NCT Hollywood, which will be based in the United States, is set to debut at a later date.
Along with separate activities of each group unit, the umbrella group NCT to date has united twice to promote full-length albums, the first time being the 2018 March release of NCT 2018 Empathy and the second was the 2020 October and November release of the two-part album NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 which together sold over 2.6 million copies within two months, establishing itself as the highest-selling physical album ever released by an act from SM entertainment and earned the group their first Grand Daesang Award at the 2020 Asia Artist Awards.