Jae, aka Jay Park, a Twitch streamer, musician, and “former K-pop idol”, was photoshopped out of the five-member group photo on Spotify’s artist tab and Wikipedia page of DAY6. The artist and JYP Entertainment, the band’s agency, released contradictory statements regarding Jae’s role in the group a month ago.
As MyDays (fandom) tried to grapple with understanding which statement was final, some found him removed from the group’s photo, further speculating that he had eventually left the group.
“It still hurts…”: Jae photoshopped out of DAY6’s group photos draws mixed response
Recently, a MyDay noticed that DAY6's group photo on Spotify's profile seemed slightly off until they realized it only showed four members. The profile picture on the music streaming app was the band's concept photo from the seventh EP, The Book of Us: Negentropy.
Moreover, fans noticed that it wasn't just cropping out but photoshopping him out of the picture. The band's Wikipedia page, which anyone can edit, also cropped Jae out of the image. It even lists him as a past member.
Jae personally announced, "taking a break" from the band's activities for a while on January 1, 2022. Hours later, JYP Entertainment released a contradictory statement saying their contract with Jae expired on December 31, 2021, and "he will no longer be a part" of the band.
However, the artist has consistently assured fans that there will be an OT5 release someday in the future. In his recent controversy about bad-mouthing Jamie, he said he "isn't part of K-pop anymore," leading to more mixed signals.
The band's Spotify page photoshopping the concept photo led MyDays to solidify their speculation on Jae's exit from the band. The recent controversy with Jamie led some fans to comment "DESERVED," "congratulations," and more in TikTok's comment section.
Some even praised the editing skills and commented on how the agency took the time to photoshop him rather than just cropping him.
Meanwhile, for other MyDays, it was a severe and heart-wrenching situation. They expressed their sadness over watching the band members go from six to five to now four.
Only the Spotify and Wikipedia pages suggest that DAY6 is now a four-member band. The band’s official Instagram account still has photos of Jae and follows his account on both Instagram and Twitter.
Members Dowoon, Sungjin and YoungK are currently serving their country as active soldiers, leaving Wonpil the only remaining for enlistment.