Verbal Jint released a statement over the backlash towards his latest track from GFRIEND’s fans.
The artist released a new song titled “Gfriend” but received a lot of question as the title is stylised similarly to the group’s English name.
There were also explicit lyrics and sexual references in the actual track which left some fans upset.
Verbal Jint updated his personal Instagram account with a response.
“Hello, this is Verbal Jint.
I would like to apologize for the track I released yesterday.
I was making an album similar to Young Thug’s album Jeffery in 2016 were the title names are of actual celebrities. And in the process of releasing a title on an already written song, I could not imagine it would offend GFRIEND and their fans.
I apologize for failing to give you a quicker response. I will correct the song title as soon as possible. I apologize once again for those upset.”
The online reaction has been mixed so far…
Verbal Jint is famous though ??? Like he‘s one of the known rappers in South Korea. People or rappers might be curious and check gfriend out.I don’t think it’s clickbait. To me it looks like a wordplay
— 𝓂𝑜𝑜𝓃𝒸𝒽𝒾𝓁𝒹 (@wundertuten) October 21, 2018
verbal jint already remove gfriend from the song title 👏 pic.twitter.com/Z5aUiwUhA7
— ` mono. (@nadyoutiful) October 22, 2018
As a Buddy, i was upset about the Gfriend/Verbal Jint thing and i even helped with retweeting the hashtag, but knowing he apologized made me respect him as a human and as an artist. With just few genuine words, things can turn around real quick. Just my own two cents
— 🌸💜 Lady Pearl 💜🌸 (@kawaiisugiru) October 22, 2018
But many are hoping that his apology and response would put the issue to rest.