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Yunho-san seemed to be relaxed while posing (for the photographer). Our staffs were cheering “wow, Yunho-san looks really great!” Perhaps that made Yunho-san feel shy or perhaps he felt lonely (!?), he shouted loudly, “Changmi~n!! Please come here quickly!!!” Of course, Changmin-san was not able to hear the voice because he was in the middle of getting dressed and putting some make-up on on the floor that was 5 or 6 floors apart from where Yunho-san was. But somehow as soon as Yunho-san shouted, Changmin-san immediately appeared as if he responded to Yunho-san, “Yes, I am here~”
“This is another turning point for us. I feel strongly that we can make a huge step up the ladder.”
“I missed the heat, breaths and sweat in our live show. Right now, I am truly enjoying to get back together and restart our activities.”
For the first time in two years hiatus, the two of them has resumed their activity.
Are they pushing hard on “bromance”?
– Long time no see. I have been looking forward to seeing you.
YH: Thank you! I realized that I am back at work after having photoshoot for a magazine.
CM: I was too naive to anticipate that I would have some free time after I discharged. But people in my office are not too kind to me (laugh). Even today, until 5 o’clock in the morning, we were shooting video that would be shown at our live tour…
– And you were already in the studio by noon.
CM: Yes, I am back.. and it is not too easy for me (laugh).
– Changmin-san went on the press tour just three days after being discharged and you were in Korea, Japan, and HongKong in 2 days and announced that you would resume your activity.
CM: I was not able to take a flight in these two years, so I did have a thought like “I want to be on the airplane”, but what I anticipated is a bit different from “that” trip (laugh).
YH: Hahaha. But I think we were able to tell people who had waited for us that we really wanted to see them immediately. I was really surprised to see many people at the press conference and I was also touched by that.
CM: Yes, that is true. Our experience is something very special. It was a bit hard for me physically but I was able to feel assured that we can still do it.
YH: To be honest, I was really nervous.
-Yunho-san declared that you would show the chemistry of bromance at the press conference in Seoul.
YH: (Looking at Changmin) We are in bromance lately, right? In old days, we were really shy about crossing our arms or placing one’s arm around each other’s shoulders, so we don’t have many pictures like that…but these days we are doing something like that a lot.
CM: Yes, we are doing business while being really friendly to each other! (laugh)
– Were you able to see each other on occasions?
CM: Sometime I gave YH a call and asked him out to have meal together or we went out with our managers to have a cup of tea. Not too often, every once in awhile.
– When did you feel like calling Yunho or did you miss Yunho?
CM: Wait a second… that sounds like we are lovers, right? It is not like that. It is more like, I wonder how has Yunho been doing? I want to talk to him about work. Something like that. Its not like “I wanna hear Yunho’s voice♡ I miss him♡”.
YH: Yes, yes. We love women! But when I watch our juniors being on stage on TV, or when I hear them saying that they wish to become like TVXQ, I realize…the road that I have been walking with Changmin is not a wrong one and I missed Changmin terribly.
– Now you were able to resume your activity, and when you first saw each other after two years, what were in your minds?
CM: I was a bit worried that Yunho might have put on some weight and also aged after these two years. But in reality, he looked much more toned and he showed up looking stylish. When I saw him like that, honestly, I was relieved.
YH: What are you talking about!? What the heck are you talking about!? (laugh)
Changmin, on the other hand, looked a bit different from him that I used to know. Perhaps it is just me who felt this way. Changmin used to try look tough and put on a bold front. But right now, he gives off an aura that is a lot more softer/gentle. I can’t forget that Changmin said, “I will work hard,” when we met. I felt that Changmin has become more positive towards work and life.
CM: I did not try to change my character. Perhaps I am influenced by my colleagues that I spend two years together with.
– You had a couple of people from your office, right?
CM: Yes, you are correct (laugh).
– Now you are together after being separated for two years. What do you think about other’s existence to you?
YH: Changmin to me is… my home. I can do my best for my solo activity because I have a home like Changmin where I come back to.
CM: It is similar to me. (Yunho is) my family. My fans are too. In these two years, I was in the place that are away from my “family”, and I realized how important/significant existence of Yunho and fans are. I became more and more appreciative that they are always with me. From now on, I should speak about my feelings.
YH: (with big smile), to me too? Speaking of our fans, to me, our fans are like my parents. I think they are guiding us to take the right path just like parents guide their kids.
This is another turning point. We will work hard towards our dream.
– In November, your five big dome tour will start. What kind of live do you anticipate to have?
CM: Both of us had longed for the day when we stand in front of you all. We miss sweat, breaths and the heat in the venue. I really want to feel everything in my body and sense.
YH: I believe that fans also had many thoughts just like us. I hope that we can toss such thoughts to each other at our live.
CM: I will catch them.
– Please do not be like “tsundere” and talk about your love.
CM: I shall try (laugh).
YH: oh, speaking of which, we will release a “bust” album before our tour.
CM: (whispering) it should be “best”.
YH: Oh, not these (placed his hands on his chest. everyone including their staffs bursted into laughter). We poured our “bust”=heart into the album! Did you get it? Well, it is an excuse (laugh). In any case, we re-recorded some of the songs in the best album. It will be great if you all can feel the color of Tohoshinki now and enjoy it.
– I am looking forward to it. At last, can you tell passionate messages to your fans?
YH: I found it interesting that during our first hiatis, the period of time became our turning point and we were able to climb up the ladder. I think that this time is another turning point. So I am quite positive that we can climb up the ladder again! And.. about giving a passionate message, that is something that Changmin is good at. Changmin please.
CM: Well, despite the fact that two years are not short, you all had waited for us. I am really grateful to you all from the bottom of my heart. Yunho and I, of course.. (murmuring) our office too. We will do our best not to disappoint you all that these two years are just waste to you. We will work hard to our dream through performance, music and other activities of Tohoshinki. Please continue to support us!
Q: Can you tell me how Changmin-san will be in 10 years from now?
YH: Changmin has strong desire to be a dad. So I think in 2027, he must be married and has become a dad. In old days, I thought that Changmin would be a very strict dad, but Changmin these days makes me think that he will be a kind dad and he gets along with his other dads. I guess he will ask him to look after his kid sometimes (laugh). Of course, I anticipate that he will be working hard as Tohoshinki and also as an actor. I think he will be enjoying his fantastic/attractive life where he shows many talents.
Q. Can you tell us how Yunho-san will be in 10 years from now?
CM: I think he will be just like he is now. Yunho stays as Yunho for these two years. Usually people would change after being away for two years from the stardom. One may have changed in his way of thinking or his sense of values. But Yunho remains very passionate, kind and has very positive aura. Under any circumstances, Yunho is Yunho. Nothing can affect him. This part of him, I really think that he is really cool. He is sticking to his original plan. Yunho is a man like that. I think to me, Yunho will still be like my family in 10 years from now.
I have some artistic hobbies. I get Thai massage for relaxing.
For these two years, I was able to have some private time and I found more hobbies. Right now, I am so much into remaking clothes. I bring my own design to a shop and ask them to make it into real. For example, I remake a T-shirt into a pouch bag, or I make a bag out of basket ball leather by installing a zipper. I enjoy my own arrangement. Do I have a good taste? Well I am not too confident (laugh). But my stylist(s) like my idea! I get compliments like “I did not expect this but you have a good taste”. People often say that I am not a typical blood type A person, but when I design something, I think I can take advantage of my blood type A delicate personality. In order to stimulate my artistic brain, I’ve started to visit museums.
I also love to draw words that popped up in my head using pop fonts. I add some lines, or draw them upside down, I play with characters/fonts by designing them. A little after I look them back, I can think about what was in my mind back then, and these may serve as my diary/journal. For example, I wrote down “TVXQ (The english name of Tohoshinki)”
When I want to relax, I have a Thai massage. When a masseur gives me a Thai massage, he/she kneads my knotted muscle and release the stress not only from my body but also from my soul, and I feel totally refreshed. He/she tells me where my muscles are tight, and I also learn how to give a massage. Do I give a massage to Changmin? I am a bit shy to do that. Well, when my skills have improved, I can give one to him, perhaps 🙂 Sorry, I was being a bit condescending (laugh).
I guess the “tsundere” part of me has decreased.
My biggest concern right now is about my hair style. I envy my staff who have longer hair than me or I look at my old pictures and think that I love the length of my hair back then. Its not like that I hate my short hair now… but rather I am a bit embarrassed. My hairstyle is also part of the “style” that I work as Tohoshinki so I want to grow my hair a bit longer and have some style. I just resumed my activity so it is about how I can change my mind.
For being away from the entertainment world, I wanted to learn a lot from my colleagues that I lived together, and it was an opportunity to think about who I am. The first thing that I thought is, I want to be kind to others a bit more (laugh). I guess the “tsundere” part of me has decreased.
Right now, I am trying to read books. My seniors (mentors) told me, “In books, you can expose yourself to the unknown world. The more books you read, the more knowledge/global sense you gain.” Their words are very true. I am reading books as if I am giving myself rewards. It may be reflecting inner myself that I want to evolve … want to make a big change in me.
What did I buy recently? Well, I thought about what I want to buy after being discharged. But my schedule was already fixed immediately so I cannot have time to buy anything big… a couple of everyday/casual clothes… When I think about that, I should have bought more expensive clothes (laugh). In any case, right now, every single work is very important for me. I am becoming aware how grateful I am (that I can work).
Translation Cr: Beriko0214