In a surprising turn of events, three members of the globally acclaimed K-pop sensation Stray Kids were involved in a minor car accident on Wednesday, causing a temporary halt to their forthcoming activities. The incident, which occurred on September 20th, involved Lee Know, Hyunjin, and Seungmin, but fortunately, no serious injuries were sustained.
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The agency representing Stray Kids, JYP Entertainment (JYPE), promptly released an official statement addressing the situation, reassuring fans and well-wishers that the members are in stable condition. While no severe injuries were reported, the trio did experience mild muscle pain and bruises. Consequently, medical professionals have advised them to undergo conservative treatment, leading to the postponement or cancellation of their upcoming work commitments.
“We apologize for causing fans to worry with such sudden news,” JYPE expressed in their statement. “JYPE will place the artists’ health as the highest priority and will provide everything we can to support their recovery. Thank you for your understanding and support.”
Among the immediate repercussions of this unfortunate incident is the alteration of Stray Kids’ participation in the much-anticipated Global Citizen Festival in New York, which is scheduled for this coming Saturday. Originally slated to feature the entire eight-member lineup of Stray Kids, the performance will now be taken over by 3Racha, a sub-unit within the group. 3Racha consists of Stray Kids members Bang Chan, Changbin, and Han, known under their stage names as CB97, SpearB, and J.One, respectively.
The Global Citizen Festival boasts an impressive lineup, with artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lauryn Hill, BTS member Jung Kook, Anitta, Conan Gray, D-Nice, and Sofia Carson set to grace the stage. Notably, Megan Thee Stallion, who was originally scheduled to perform, has had to cancel her appearance.
Stray Kids, whose meteoric rise in the K-pop industry has been marked by numerous accolades and chart-topping albums, most recently achieved their third No. 1 album on the prestigious Billboard 200 chart with “5 Star” in June. This success follows their earlier triumphs with “Maxident” and “Oddinary,” both released in the previous year.
While the setback is unfortunate, fans of Stray Kids can rest assured that the members are on the path to recovery, and they will soon resume their dynamic performances. In the meantime, the Global Citizen Festival audience can anticipate an energetic performance by 3Racha, as they step in to fill the void left by their fellow Stray Kids members.
As the K-pop community and fans worldwide rally behind Stray Kids during this challenging period, the group’s resilience and commitment to their craft continue to shine through. The global music scene eagerly awaits their triumphant return.