Big Hit Music has officially addressed reports that BTS’s Jimin’s apartment was temporarily seized due to unpaid health insurance premiums.
On April 24, Korean news outlet Biz Hankook reported that the National Health Insurance Service had seized Jimin’s apartment at Nine One Hannam in Seoul on January 25 due to the singer not paying his health insurance premiums. Jimin first purchased the apartment for 5.9 billion won (approximately $4.7 million) back in May of last year.
According to the report, Jimin received four separate notices about the seizure by registered mail during the time that his apartment was temporarily seized, and the seizure was ultimately lifted on April 22 after he paid the overdue health insurance premiums.
Later that evening, Big Hit Music responded with a statement explaining the situation had been caused by an error at the company.
Big Hit Music’s full statement is as follows:
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.
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. As soon as he found out, he paid the arrears in full, and at present, the situation has been resolved.
We apologize for the fact that we have given the artist and fans cause for concern due to our company’s negligence.
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