On Sunday, Korean news outlet Biz Hankook claimed that South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service took over the BTS member’s Seoul apartment on January 25. According to Soompi’s translation of the report, the temporary seizure was over Jimin allegedly not paying his health insurance premiums, even after receiving four notices via registered mail. The outlet then went on to report that Jimin eventually paid the premiums and got his apartment back this past Friday, April 22.
However, BTS’ management company has issued a statement saying the situation was an error on their part.
“Regarding this matter, the company is the first to receive all mail that arrives at the artists’ dorms, and in the process of relaying it to the artist, a portion of the mail was omitted by mistake,” Big Hit said. “Due to Jimin’s activities abroad starting at the end of last year, his extended period of rest, and his scheduled activities abroad after that, he was unaware of matters such as [his premiums] being overdue.”
Big Hit also said that when Jimin found out about the mistake, he paid off his premiums and the “situation has been resolved.”
They added, “We apologize for the fact that we have given the artist and fans cause for concern due to our company’s negligence.”
Big Hit's statement makes sense, given that the past few years have been extremely busy for BTS. Aside from an "extended period of rest" in 2019, the K-pop superstars have been doing everything from releasing a string of No. 1 hits to traveling around the globe for residencies and high-profile performances at places like the 2022 Grammys, where their hit single "Butter" earned them a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Read Soompi’s translation of the statement here.