BTS singer Jimin's home seized due to unpaid health insurance premiums
SEOUL - The house of K-pop singer Jimin from BTS was seized in January due to arrears in health insurance premiums.
South Korean news outlet Biz Hankook reported on Sunday (April 24) that Jimin's apartment was seized by the country's National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) on Jan 25 as he had reportedly not paid his health insurance premiums.
The luxury home was bought by Jimin, whose full name is Park Ji-min, for 5.9 billion won (S$6.5 million) in May 2021.
Biz Hankook said the 26-year-old singer paid the overdue premiums after NHIS sent four separate notices about the seizure, with the seizure lifted on April 22.
BTS' management agency Bighit Music reacted to the report on Sunday night, clarifying that it was at fault.
"The company receives all the mail which arrives at the artistes' dorms and some of itwas omitted by mistake while being delivered to them," it said. It added that Jimin had not been aware of the issue because of his busy schedule and that he paid the arrears in full as soon as he learnt about them.
Bighit said the matter has been resolved and apologised for its oversight.
BTS held a series of in-person concerts in the United States in November and December before returning to South Korea in December.
Jimin was hospitalised in late January after he underwent surgery for acute appendicitis. He also tested positive for Covid-19.
BTS staged their first in-concerts in Seoul in more than two years in March.
The septet then headed to the US in late March to attend the Grammy awards on April 3 and then hold four live concerts in Las Vegas.
They returned to South Korea on April 19.
On Sunday, Jimin released his first song for a soundtrack, With You, for the K-drama Our Blues, with singer Ha Sung-woon.