NCT Taeyong met up with his middle school classmate on October 11 to apologize for bullying him— mes #TeamPinky (@OH_mes2) October 12, 2019
The apology was accepted, and both sides are supporting each other's futurehttps://t.co/klNyFaZMXq pic.twitter.com/w7Q8Jc2Sir
Recently Taeyong was criticized in an anonymous post that said he wrote a homophobic comment about a classmate in their graduation album. The comment reads:
Everyone was so fun and everyone has such good personalities and I believe that everyone will make it big. But. [Name of student blacked out] won’t make it because [she/he] is gay. I can be sure of that.
Wikitree has clarified that Taeyong was close with the person he wrote it to, "so there were no bad feelings at all from it."
Additionally, his latest bullying scandal from mid-September was addressed in the same Wikitree article. Apparently he victim sent SM Entertainment an email saying that they would like an apology in person, but there was no reply from SM. However, after Taeyong returned from the United States on October 11, he decided to meet with one of the victims; reporter(s) from Wikitree were apparently present to report what follows. (***edit: my first impression was that the details of the meeting must have been experienced first-hand by reporters, but i realize now that the account could have been related second-hand by either or both of the parties present.) Taeyong admitted to his actions, and apologized to the victim directly. The victim shed tears, while they sat in silence for nearly one hour. After calming down, the victim faced Taeyong again. Taeyong was the first person to say something, bowing his head in apology. He admitted to his past wrongdoings, and apologized. "Honestly, I have never once felt at ease because of this," Taeyong is reported to have said. "Every day, dozens of times, I think ‘why was I like that’ and feel regret.”
Eventually, after more than 2 hours of talking with each other, the victim reportedly decided to forgive Taeyong. “At that time," Taeyong is reported to have said, "I was very poor with how I expressed myself. I would like to sincerely apologize for my thoughtless remarks and actions when I was younger. I am very sorry.”
SME also released a statement:
Recently, Taeyong personally apologized to his friend from middle school that was hurt by his mistakes, including his senseless words and actions. The friend accepted Taeyong’s apology, and they both cheered each other on for their growth in their respective futures.
In addition, Taeyong expressed his regret to his friend who was unable to get in contact with him. Taeyong will not forget about his past, and use it as a way to help show him how to grow up and become a better person, and act properly with a humble mindset. Thank you.
Sources: wikitree.co.kr via @OH_mes2 | asianjunkie