TS Entertainment released a video clip of Zelo from B.A.P‘s first independent concert, “B.A.P LIVE ON EARTH SEOUL.” The revealed clip shows Zelo weeping while reading a letter to his parents during the encore stage. He read, “Mom, dad, do you remember? When I was in 5th grade, I travelled from Mokpo to Gwangju and back, spending four hours on the road, just because I wanted to learn music.”
He then reminisced about his childhood memories of his mother and reaching for his dreams. He continued, “Once immature Joon Hong has achieved his dreams of becoming a singer and now I stand in front of mom, dad, and my brother as Zelo, the youngest member of B.A.P.”
He finished the letter with, “Mom, dad, I’ll be a better son from now on. Now 18 years old Choi Joon Hong, B.A.P’s Zelo will be the son you could be proud of.” As he was reading the letter, other B.A.P members on stage and fans in the audience could not hold back their tears.
Meanwhile, B.A.P will continue the promotion of “One Shot,” which has garnered much attention for topping iTunes hip hop album charts and Billboard’s world album charts, on various music shows starting on March 1.
[TRANS] Zelo’s Letter @ Live on Earth Concert.
Mom, dad - do you remember? When I was in fifth grade in elementary school, I used to go on four hour long trips from Mokpo to Gwangju solely out of my passion for music. I don’t how I got the guts to do it, but I even gave up soccer, the activity I loved the most, just to travel that long distance. (pauses) Wait, I still have more. Mom and dad still allowed me to go, even though they were worried. Truthfully, I know that you guys thought that I wouldn’t be able to do well at school. Back then I was unstylish because I had long hair and tanned skin from playing soccer. Despite all that, I luckily got accepted and my mom began taking me to the terminal everyday. She even went through the trouble of packing me lunch. But one day, my mom told me to ride the bus. Since I was so young, I got mad at her sudden words. Later, though, my brother told me that it was because my mom was sick that time. I felt so sorry for being angry at her. I made a promise with my brother after that. We promised to become successful and make our parents smile. After I got moved to Seoul, my mom and I were separated from my brother and dad. My mom struggled to tend to our new house. I felt helpless watching her do everything and sometimes even cried in the middle of training [when I thought of her]. Even through all that, I continued to whine and ask you to buy me things, and I hope you can forgive me.
Then, I got accepted into TS and got split from my mom, a stylist and her husband took me on a ride. I was sitting in the backseat and seeing them together reminded me of my parents, and I missed them so much. Now that [same] Junhong is fulfilled his dreams of becoming a singer, became the maknae of B.A.P under the name “Zelo”, and is now standing in front of his parents and brother. All the people who have come to support me and B.A.P that my parents are seeing right now are our BABYs, who are another part of my family. Can you see them?
Mom and dad, I promise to become to be an obedient son. Under the names Choi Junhong, B.A.P, and Zelo, I will be a kind and praiseworthy son. Mom, dad, brother, and my other family members, BABYs: I love you!
sources: soompi and TSENT2008 translation by x-iahtic
Edit: Added a translation of the letter!