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Letters to our Captain

한마디도 닿을 수만 있다면 소중해

Hi Hongjoong! I just want to thank you for never giving up on your dreams. You and Ateez are creating a journey and story that’s so much bigger than just us, and it’s been the most amazing thing to be a part of and watch. Being your fan has gone beyond just language or performances or music but has really left an emotional impact on me. You’ve brought so much happiness into my life during times when I didn’t have any and helped me find a place where I can be happy with myself. I’m so proud of you and how much you’ve achieved. I know you say without Atiny there wouldn’t be opportunities such as your chance to go to the Balmain showcase (congrats by the way!! It’s so deserved, your passion for clothing and reformation truly shows and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this) but I hope you know you’re the start of it all. Without you being brave enough to follow your dreams and working so hard to achieve it, we wouldn’t be here as Atiny. Everything you’ve earned has been because you deserve it from all the years of hard work, dedication and genuine kindness and care you’ve shown us and those around you. You’re truly radiant and it shows from the inside out.  I want to thank you again for choosing to pursue your dreams and always believing in Ateez. Your faith in Ateez has helped others like myself realize my own dreams and work towards them. You’ve given me the strength to know I’m not limited by the walls I face and can instead break them and the limitations I thought I had. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you are. 

지금도 잘 하고 있고 계속 잘 할거예요

Love, Gabby

Thank you for being on my side ♡

- Matti 

Hello Hongjoong, I hope you’re doing well and staying healthy. I just want to use this opportunity to say thank you for being the leader of ATEEZ and thank you for all the music you guys release, I literally you guys and your music. You are a very talented person, I always look forward to watching your performances and interviews. You’re the member who is the closest in age to me and our birthdays are 3 days apart! So it feels like you are a close friend who lives far away and we’re growing up together. Seeing you work so hard motivates me to work hard on my goals too. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 4 years since you debuted. I’ve been watching you since the beginning and I’ll continue to support you till the end ❤️. I wish you happiness and success in everything you do

- Chinonye, 24, Nigeria

hi hongjoong, i wanna thank you for being my biggest inspiration ! i always loved the way you try your best to make people comfortable and including everyone in your words. Thank you for that . you and the members bring me happiness in all of the hard times, thank you for your content and hard work ! love y’all 🫶🏻

- Sara, 15, France 

hi! i doubt someone will actually read this but i just want to say that all of ateez, but especially hongjoong have helped me with self confidence and because of them i feel more comfortable in my own body, even if it doesn't match how i feel internally, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.

- Griffin

You’re so cool on stage!! Please be our captain for a long time!

Thank you for making me want to see the future!

- Rachel, 26

Hongjoong! Our dependable captain! Thank you so much for everything that you do. You constantly inspire me and so many others. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, you somehow always find a way to cheer me up without even knowing me. I look forward to many more years with you and Ateez ♥️

- Salem, 25

Thank you for always being such an inspiration and a light in my life. You have been a comfort in my life for years, just with the way you speak on social issues and the way you stand up for the causes you believe in. I strive to be as amazing of a light as you are in this world and hope that one day I can make half the impact you have on this world. Thank you for inspiring me every day and giving me a reason to smile. Thank you for all the happy times and laughter you have brought me when I needed it the most. I look forward to the next time we can sing together. please always stay healthy and eat well. <3

Hongjoong!! Thank you so much for being my happy person. You've slowly become one of my favorite artists. Whenever I watch videos of you from your lives, logbooks, interviews, I always feel a sense safety and comfort. I think you're one of the most hardworking and strongest people i know. Being captain must be hard work at times, and spending so much time in the studio, so I hope you're resting and spending time having fun! I love how you support so many organizations like the polished man campaign but also how you defy fashion with your unique style. You make me feel like I can step out of my comfort zone and be me. I always gravitate towards your parts in your songs and your lyrics are always filled with so much emotion. I recently graduated college and am now in graduate school. It's been pretty stressful since I'm graduating soon and have to officially work soon. Ateez has helped me stay grounded and gave me something to look forward to. Thank you for continuously showing us Atiny's love, and I hope you feel our love too. make sure you're staying healthy and doing things you enjoy! fighting!

- Jenny Tian, 24, USA

Thank you for being my underlying comfort , i’m so so glad I found you.

- Lilo, 18

Thank you for being the light in my life for so long. Through you expressing your love of fashion, it has helped me learn how much I love it as well. I hope to one day see you have your own clothing brand and be able to express your creativity fully.

Hi Hongjoong! Whenever this reaches you I hope that you’re doing well and taking care of yourself. I saw you in Oakland in November of 2022 as well as in LA in January. It’s amazing how time flies, but it’s been over a year since I saw you in person, and more than two since I first became an atiny!! I want to thank you for all your hard work as ATEEZ, and for putting out such amazing music that I know you put your heart into. But I also want to thank you for all the happiness you’ve shared with me and so many other atinys. No matter how I’m feeling, whenever I listen to or watch ATEEZ content it brightens my day and comforts me. I can’t express in words how much you helped me when I was at my lowest, but I hope you know that I and so many other people care about you greatly. I’m excited for what’s next to come but I hope you and the rest of the members take a rest because you’ve been so busy lately!! 정말 고마워 그리고 사랑해💗

- Alanna, 17, USA

theres no 1 like you ❤️

- Cam

Dear hongjoong,

it's really hard for me to explain how much you mean to me. you are my favorite idol and one of my favorite people in the world. you are so talented, kind, and beautiful, and seeing how hard you work inspires me to work harder and become a better person. seeing you and hearing your voice always comforts me and makes me feel loved. thank you for working so hard to create music for atiny, and practicing tirelessly, and learning english to communicate with international fans, and doing everything behind the scenes that atiny doesn't see. thank you for being the amazing human you are. i love you, forever you are my star.

- Samantha Y, 18 years old, USA

Hi Hongjoong!! Atiny are so proud of how far you’ve come!! <33 I found ateez during a very hard time in my life and that is because of you!! Thank you for everything you do and continue to make millions of people happy 🫶

- Grace

Hello Hongjoong! I’m writing this because I wanted to let you know that atiny do see your hard work. No words can describe how talented you are as a person and as an artist. You never fail to amaze atiny with the songs, covers, and lyrics that you put out with the help of ateez and edenary. I have been an atiny for some time now and I don’t regret being an atiny at all. Listening to your music has really changed my lifestyle. I now have new friends who also listen to your music, I’m able to go out to cool events and enjoy my time with other atinys. Most of all i’m able to look forward to the day I’ll be able to meet you and say these words to you myself. My mom is a really big fan of you and every time you come on screen she screams your name so happily! We love you a lot Hongjoong, stay healthy and keep up the great work! 

- Ava Moore, 17, California USA

Hi captain! I just want you to know that atiny loves you so much and that going to your concerts were the best experiencia ever. Ateez is my family and I'm really thankfull for that. Spain loves you so much. I love you my captain!

Thank you so much for teaching me to always be unapologetically myself. You are not only an inspiration to me but to thousands of other Atiny around the world not only because of your fashion or music, but for your personality as well. You have taught me many valuable life lessons whether they were intentional or not. We are all ready to see what the future holds for Ateez and we have confidence that you will lead them on the right path! 

- Jinx, 23, United States

dear hongjoong, i just want to thank you for being such a great leader to our boys! ateez wouldn't be here without you! thank you for all the effort you put into making the group what is it today! im so happy ive gotten to watch you grow for these last four years! ateez is my pride ! thank you i love you <3 ! 

- Kayla

Hi Hongjoong!! I hope you’re doing well, there’s honestly so much I want to tell you. But most of all I want to say thank you for everything you have done for atinys and for ateez. Your music is truly amazing and it really mind blows me how you’re able to come up with such beautiful lyrics. The messages you portray in the song have helped me and many other atinys through difficult times. One of the songs that have helped me the most is Aurora. When I listen to Aurora it reminds me of you and it comforts me, for those minutes when the song is playing I feel at peace and my worries are forgotten. Because of that I wanted to get a tattoo dedicated to Aurora as a way to show that I will forever be with ateez. But also apart from your music, you as a person are so lovely. Seeing the way you look out for others and show your support for minorities. It makes atinys feel safe with you because you are such a kind and sweet person. I look up to you as a role model and so much more. You are my muse and I admire the way you are so unique and allow yourself to express yourself freely. One thing I truly love is your fashion, I admire how you show your creative artistic side when customizing your clothes. It gives me motivation to work harder and get better at my art skills. I also find it so cool how you experiment so much with your hairstyles, every style suits you so well. My favorites have to be hongruella, red strawberry hair and blueberry hair. Also your piercings and the way you decorate your earrings are so pretty and makes me want to get more piercings in the future. There’s is no one in this world like you because of how special and unique you are. I’m so happy to have found out about ateez because you guys are my main source of happiness. Back then I was going through hard times and one day I decided to watch the inception performance. Instantly you caught my attention with your bright blue hair and skirt. You made me more interested in finding out about ateez and soon enough you guys became my favorite group. The highlight of my day is watching your shows, interviews, mvs, performances etc. Whenever I get a notification about a hongstagram post or live from you I instantly become so happy. Your smile and laughter is so contagious and even if I’m in a bad mood, your smile will always bring a smile to my face. But my favorite memories was seeing you at the Newark concert twice. I went in January of 2022 and again in November. Those two days are the most special days in my life. Being able to see you perform in person felt so unreal and it’s a memory I will always carry with me. I hope one day I can be able to win a fansign to tell you these things in person. Thank you so much, I wish there was a more better word to say and I love you!! 

hongjoong…. thank you for being my home & safe space , i will love you forever & ever until the very end. 🫂💗💗

- Mitzi, 20, USA

Hi Hongjoong! There are no words to explain how much you mean to me. You have been a light for me in so many dark times, and I am so grateful to have known you. You gave me a reason to live, a reason to laugh, and a reason to smile. Even on my toughest days, you make my life worth living. You remind me to always keep pushing, to always remind myself that there are always bad days, and good days will come after them. I hope you know that you have impacted so many peoples' lives and that so many people love you, just like I do! You're my biggest inspiration and motivation, and I will always be by your side and Ateez's side forever. Stay healthy and happy always, and I love you <3

- Tati, 17, USA

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