According to Biz Korea’s report, Jimin (real name Park Ji-min), a member of world famous idol group BTS, was confirmed to have been seized by the National Health Insurance Service for failing to pay the health insurance premiums. Jimin only refunded health insurance premiums after 4 foreclosure notifications were sent.
It was confirmed that the Yongsan branch of the national health service seized the Nine One Hannam apartment belonging to Jimin on January 25.
Jimin bought this 293.93㎡ apartment for 5.9 billion won in May last year. This case has become a controversy since Jimin bought an apartment in a very old building which is about to be rebuilt and will increase in value very quickly. With the housing crisis in Seoul, netizens were unhappy with the news.
The real estate register indicates that the cause is “entered by (qualifications collection department-505)” and that the right holder [pour l’appartement] is here “National Health Insurance Company”. Since the seizure registration was not canceled until April 22, three months after the seizure registration, it is believed that Jimin belatedly reimbursed the health insurance premiums. During the seizure period, National Health Insurance reportedly sent 4 seizure notifications to Jimin.
Regarding this, BTS’s agency Big Hit Music (HYBE) immediately released an official statement that night, stating that Jimin’s neglect of health insurance premiums is the agency’s fault.
The agency officially told NewsN on April 24: “This situation has arisen due to an error in the mail forwarding process, as the company first receives the mail that arrived at the artist’s accommodation and delivers it to the artist.”
“Jimin was unaware of the insurance delinquency due to his overseas schedule and long-term vacation since late last year, and as soon as he was alerted to the situation, he paid the premiums in full and that case was closed,” added BigHit. “We apologize for causing concern to the artist and fans due to corporate negligence.”