[Interview] Kyuhyun’s Interview with his Church Newspaper
Super Junior’s maknae Kyuhyun whose group is enjoying the biggest popularity in Korea as well as Asia is an idol star that warms your heart. Super Junior made Asia wild through their hit songs like Don’t Don and Sorry Sorry. Aside from being part of the big title Super Junior, he recently showed off his new side with Super Junior-M and S.M. The Ballad and received big popularity in Japan, Taiwan, China and other countries.
Kyuhyun also became a new rising newcomer in musicals with his superb acting of D’Artagnan in the musical The Three Musketeers. Even though it was his first musical, the musical industry took notice of his remarkable singing talent, ability to lead the story and his natural acting skills.
The supportive fans sent rice instead of wreaths to Choongmo Art Hall where the musical performances are held. It was touching as the star and his fans’ heartwarming thoughts were conveyed to the less unfortunate who have to spend the cold winter alone. Kyuhyun said on January 25th that he will be sending over 2000 kilograms of rice to Yeouido Gospel Seongbuk church which he attends.
Kyuhyun, a born believer of Yeouido Gospel Seongbuk church developed his belief by attending the church’s preschool and kindergarten. Since he was a child, he volunteered by playing the violin in the ensemble class and when he was in middle school, he played the clarinet. When the church was divided to multiple places, he continued his life as a believer in Yeouido Gospel Seongbuk church.
Kyuhyun’s mother Deacon Kim Hannah has worked as the leader of a region for over 20 years and has been volunteering in the church choir for 18 years. Kyuhyun who grew up under his mother’s prayers won an award in the bible memorization competition as a young child. He also won an award for his missionary work and diligently attended the church. He is a model student who works hard to spread God’s word and always prays diligently at Sunday masses.
“Even when I’m busy doing overseas schedule, I have a quiet time in my spare time. My mind becomes at ease when I read God’s words and meditate. If I can’t go to church for some reason, the whole week gets hard for me. I always try to attend Sunday mass because bad things happen and I get dissatisfied with myself if I don’t attend mass.”
Kyuhyun enjoyed big popularity as the vocal of his school band when he attended YeomKwang high school. When he was a 3rd grader in high school, he won a gold medal in 2005 Buddy Contest and also won a bronze medal in Chin Chin Young Adult Gayo Festival, receiving much interest from music producers. When Kyuhyun graduated high school, he was a member of the church’s Praise Ministry team for a short while. That year, Kyuhyun who is handsome, has great singing skills and is composed unlike his young age contracted with SM Entertainment and joined Super Junior as the maknae in 2006.
When he was garnering popularity, a completely surprising event occurred in April of 2007. When he and other Super junior members were going home after recording KBS 2FM Super Junior’s Kiss the Radio, the van that they were rode on rolled over. Kyuhyun fell 200 meters down as a result, breaking his ribs and pelvic bones. When his ribs broke, it also caused damage to his lung.
When the accident occurred, Kyuhyun knelt down on his knees and called God. He confessed, “God, I was wrong. Forgive me. Thank you God” and lost consciousness afterward. He confessed the first thing that came into his mind was that he neglected God because he was busy with his schedule.
When Kyuhyun’s fans and his family heard about the accident, they attended morning mass and started their planned prayers. The fans’ encouragement and prayers were a big strength to Kyuhyun.
On the fifth month of receiving treatment, Kyuhyun participated in Super Junior’s second album even though he had not fully recovered. Many fans sent applause to Kyuhyun who survived his moment of death and stood on stage once again.
Afterward, he received treatment for two more months and became his usual healthy self again. “The three months when I had to lie in the hospital bed was a difficult time. But I leaned on God and it became a time for me to be more thankful to God. I listened to Pastor Cho Yonggi’s sermon and had quiet times. It was an opportunity for me to be closer to God.”
Kyuhyun who does well in whatever he does has confidence that God will always be with him. He prays for 5 minutes when he has to go on stage for a musical, a concert or a program. “I think that I’m not afraid of anything on stage when God is with me. I pray that he be with me until the end and also pray that my members don’t get hurt and stay health.”
He does not forget to read the bible even in his busy schedule. “I read the holy bible. Even though all the words are benevolent, his words, ‘you are the salt of the earth, light of the world’ gives me the most strength.”
Kyuhyun who is always filling his positive mind with his dreams and visions revealed that he wants to live a life where he gives back his glory to God. “Along with Super Junior activities, I’m doing several individual acitivities. I want to challenge myself to try different fields starting with the musical. I want to become a person who has influence so that I can spread God’s word. Also, I pray for young adults to believe and feel that God is always with them.”
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