Oh!!! Kim Kyu Jong-ssi! This is what you see a really kind-hearted and morally-upright person ㅠ^ㅠ
Interview by: NEWSEN (뉴스엔)
Date of interview: 21st Sept (Wednesday)
Date published: 29th Sept (Thursday)
'바른생활청년'. 김규종과 대화를 나누며 느낀건 밝고 건강하고 생각이 깊다는거다. 팬들과 관련된 에피소드를 신나게 쏟아내다가도 마무리는 "그래서 제가 더 열심히 해서 멋진 사람이 돼야해요"였다. 가식적인 말이 아니라 몸에 이미 벤 그의 솔직한 마음이었다.
개인 소유의 차가 없는 김규종은 "괜히 불안해서 차를 안샀다. 가지고 다니다보면 나도 모르게 음주운전을 할 수도 있고 실수할까봐. 스무살때부터 차는 안 사야겠다고 생각했다"고 말했다. 이어 "앞으로 만나게 될 여자친구에게는 미안하지만 결혼 후에는 모를까 지금은 차를 살 생각이 없다"며 웃었다.
그는 "친구들 만나러 갈 때도 지하철을 자주 탄다. 정말 바쁘면 택시를 타고. 지하철이 빠르고 좋다"고 지하철 예찬을 늘어놓기도 했다. "예전엔 늘 모자를 푹 눌러쓰고 고개 숙이고 다녔다. 내가 뭐라고?"라며 웃던 김규종은 "그때는 당연히 그래야하는 줄 알았는데 지금은 편하게 다닌다. 누가 알아봐주면 좋더라. 사인도 해달라면 해준다. 근데 얼마전에 누군가한테 사진이 찍혔는데 궁상 맞아보인다는 말을 듣기도 했다"고 또 웃어보였다.
김규종이 빨리 결혼을 하고 싶은 이유도 "유혹이 싫어서"다. "사회 생활을 하거나 친구, 형들을 만나다 보면 유혹이 많다. 그런 유혹을 정말 싫어한다. 일하면서 핑계 댈 수 있긴하지만 내 사람이 생기면 그런 제의는 없을 것 같다"고 설명했다.
이어 "빨리 결혼해서 여유롭게 신혼도 즐기고 아이도 낳고 싶다. 아버지가 내 아이에게 너무 어려운 나이가 되기 전에 함께 즐거운 시간 보내고 싶다. 빨리 낳으면 아이가 커서 우리 아버지랑 같이 술이라도 한잔 할 수 있지 않을까. 아버지에게도 큰 선물이 될 것 같다"고 덧붙였다.
바쁜 스케줄과 새로운 도전들 앞에 불안한 마음일 법도 한데 "또래 친구들 고민에 비하면 난 즐거운 것 같다"고 말한다. "예전엔 학교만 다니는 친구들이 부러웠는데 지금은 만나면 다 한숨이다. 음반 준비하면서 고민하다 '친구들한테 물어봐야겠다' 했는데 다들 심각하게 자신의 미래를 고민하고 있더라. 너무 힘들어한다. 그에 비하면 내 고민은 즐거운 고민인 것 같다"고 말했다.
SS501 솔로데뷔 마지막 주자로 나선 김규종의 이번 앨범 목표도 그 성격대로다. "앞서 앨범을 낸 멤버들이 갈수록 잘 돼 부담감이 있다. 내 음반이 잘 되면 좋겠지만 내 역할은 우리 팀 이미지에 누가 되지 않게 잘 매듭짓는 것 같다. 대박 욕심보다는 '김규종이란 사람 괜찮은 것 같다'는 이미지로 마무리했으면 좋겠다"는 것.
SS501 히트곡 'U R MAN' 작곡가 한상원과 다시 손을 잡고 'Yesterday'를 발표한 김규종은 "처음엔 좀 촌스럽게 들릴 수 있는데 딱 세번만 참고 들어주세요. 그러면 정말 좋거든요"라며 웃었다.
'Youth with proper life-morals' Kim Kyu Jong. As I shared the conversation with Kim Kyu Jong, what I really felt was, he is very jovial, healthy and a deep thinker. As he poured some interesting episodes he's had with his fans excitedly, he finally ended off with a sentence, "that is why I have to become a more awesome person by working harder and harder". Not the usual pretensious words you would hear, because all that's seen on him from head to toe is but an honest heart, upright mindset.
A car would be what is called a personal posession. Kim Kyu Jong who doesn't have a car explained his reasons why, "I think I'd worry too unnecessarily if I bought a car, so I didn't buy. If I buy and own one, I might probably end up drink driving without my conscious knowledge...and probably make mistakes... Since 20 years old I already have the thinking of not buying any cars", "Though I will feel sorry to my future girlfriend and maybe might change my mind after I get married, for now that is, I do not have intention to buy any car", as Kyu Jong laughed and talked about it.
"Even when I go to meet my friends, I use the Mass Rapid Transit often, while if I'm really busy then I'll take the taxi. The Mass Rapid Transit is fast and comfortable", as he couldn't stop raving about his liking for the Mass Rapid Transit trains. "In the past, I used to always put on a hat with my head lowered and being in all low profile to everywhere I went... Just what am I that I need to behave like that..!", and he laughed. To which he continued, "at that time I felt it was a must for me to do so and that I didn't have a choice, but now I just do so freely as I wish. If anyone sees me that's good also. If they ask for my autograph, I'll give it to them too. Albeit not long ago someone took a picture of me in public and I even heard people saying that I seemed to look like I was in a sorry plight in that picture", as he laughed to what he said again.
Even Kyu Jong's reason of wanting to get married quickly explained so, "because I hate temptations". "As I be in the society circle, or when I meet up with friends or my hyungs, there are alot of temptations. and to those temptations, I really hate it. Although it's possible for me to have such chances as I'm working, if someday my other-half appears, then I would no longer have those kind of possible opportunities coming to me", as he explained.
"I hope to marry quickly, enjoy my newly-wed life enjoyingly and freely and also to have a child. Before my father becomes too old for my child, I hope we can spend lovely times together as a family. If I have my child quickly, then after my child grows bigger, we could also have a drink or two together with my father too. He will also be a huge present to my father", as he added.
Despite him having a busy schedule and possibly more tedious challenges ahead of him, he discussed about this issue to himself and realized, "Compared to my peers' troubles, I think mine is an enjoying one". Why? "Last time I used to be very envious of my friends who could go to schools, but when we meet up now, they all sigh. As I was preparing my album, I worried about them and thought to myself that I must go and ask about my friends one day, and after I did, I saw that they were worrying alot about their uncertain futures. It's very hard on them. If compared to that, I think my worries and perplexes is an enjoying and pleasant one".
Even as he is the final relayer in SS501 to hold a solo debut and release a solo album last, his goals set for this album is just like his personality too. "Members who released theirs before me progressed better and better as time went by, and burden came to me... Of course it'd be great if my album will turn out great, but because my role in the team is that of a balancer, it's not so good if any one over-covers any one else. Rather than me turning out as a huge hit, I rather people just have the thought that Kim Kyu Jong is really a not-bad person, and end it (solo debuts) off that way will suffice".
SS501's hit song 'U R MAN' producer Han Sang-won collaborated with Kyu Jong this time round for title track 'YESTERDAY', "If you listen to it the first time, you'd find it a little conventional. But if you listen to it for exactly 3 times, you'll come to really like it", as he haha-ed to what he said.