The Ultimate Guide to Duizhang Kris Part Four
E. Kris Watch 2013 (aka The Nightmare)
Part 1 aka Panic Slowly Settles In
Immediately upon returning to Korea after recording for the CCTV Lunar New Year Festival, Kris, together with the other EXO boys, watched their sunbae, BoA’s concert (though Kris fell asleep at one point). That was the last fans heard of or saw Kris for over 20 days. It was then that people realized just how much they like and stan Duizhang. While the other EXO boys were busy shopping around Seoul and attending Sehun’s graduation, Duizhang was nowhere to be found.
At first, rumors that he was sick started circulating. Fears were somewhat abated when he updated his renren with a greeting. However, as the days went on and there were still no sightings of Kris, some speculated that SM had had the audacity to force him to get plastic surgery, while others even went as far as thinking that he had left the group. Other fans, however, believed that he went to Guangzhou for the Lunar New Year. This remained unconfirmed until a fan posted about meeting Kris trying to travel incognito. He reportedly told the fan that he would be away for personal reasons, and that he’d be back by March. The fan refrained from posting his whereabouts in order to respect his privacy, but other fans quickly put two and two together to surmise (correctly) that Kris would be traveling to Vancouver, Canada.
And travel to Canada he did (where we got our first clear glimpse of Duizhang after 21 days, with promise of a new hairstyle to boot). Kris was welcomed warmly by fans, and he even got the paparazzi treatment. Terrible pap incident aside, Kris was finally in the company of friends, who wisely refused to let him drive after a grueling flight despite his insistence. Oh, and he never forgot to show that trademark niceness and patience, either. At one point during his stay, a fangirl spotted him most likely trying to sort out some travel documents. Despite that, for the most part, fans were respectful of his privacy.
Four days later, Kris went back to Guangzhou via Hong Kong, where he was promptly mobbed by fangirls (and fanboy - though he was not the_erotomanic, as one would naturally assume). It seemed his grease was sorely missed. Kris was ever the gentleman, offering to buy coffee for fans and even posing for them no matter how ridiculous it seemed, much to his own embarrassment. He also finally debuted a new hairstyle, which should have hinted that EXO was gearing towards a rougher, edgier, more, err, animalistic image. All was good; Duizhang was finally back.
Except he wasn’t. Many thought 130222 was the end of Kris Watch 2013; however, as it turned out, it only heralded the end of KW2013 part 1, and the beginning of KW2013 part 2.
Part 2 aka This Feeling of Dread
After getting back to Guangzhou, Kris became incommunicado once again. With news of EXO’s impending (snort) comeback, leaks of EXO songs left and right, and pictures of his members filming without him, fans started to panic once again. Thus, Kris’ renren update on 130310, though vague and dramatic, came as a welcome respite. It seems that even in absentia, he’s made sure that his grease (and cheese) can still reach his Fan fan’s hearts.
After almost two months of being away, Kris finally came back to Korea on March 14. Fans first spotted him leaving Guangzhou for Beijing on March 13. As is usual, fans mobbed him and he actually had to ask them to “please make way” (though a group kindly formed a barricade around him so he wouldn’t be trampled and crushed). The fans also had a large presence on his flight (seen above) which required the flight attendants to help. He calmly signed for the fans though he eventually told everyone to sit down. And, as usual, Kris remained calm and gracious, even when his luggage was unfortunately sent to Qingdao.
The next day, his departure from Beijing and arrival in Korea was greatly appreciated (read: mobbed again), so much so that both Chinese and Korean news sites reported about it. As is usual, he was his GQMF self, wearing an elegant trench coat, and carrying a new plushie. And while we can all agree that his fashion sense and appearance (and overall cuteness) were on point, sometimes he made some really unfortunate facial expressions. It looked like Kris was really happy to be back (with new plushies too), judging from that hug he gave manager oppa. Fans were also greatly relieved of his return. All is well, Duizhang was back, back, back, back.
Part 3 aka Still Waiting
You’d think that’d be the end, right? Apparently not. As of this writing, Kris has only been spotted going to SM once--ONCE!! days after he came back, for only one hour!--since his return. A lot of rumors have surrounded his extended vacation and subsequent return It seems that Kris Watch 2013 (which has spanned 50 or so days and four countries) has not yet concluded definitely.
Fan fans continue to be greatly worried, but as he said before, “trust me.” And so we give him that trust, because he is Kris, because he is Duizhang. He once talked about refusing to call home because he was afraid he would miss his family too much; now, he has can count people from all over the globe as part of his family, ready to give him love and support.
A message from the collaborators: (bunica1990, wickedwondrous, feiling, hipployta, airyclouds)
To those who patiently read through our ramblings of Kris, thank you. That couldn’t have been easy. We wrote this with sweat, tears, and blood (but Hipployta is keeping hers, thank you very much), constantly drowning in the most enormous ocean of feels, and under the strain of Kris falling off the grid, and then waiting for him (and all of EXO) to just come back already. We may have made fun of Duizhang a bit (okay, a lot), but all of that was done out of love. Any Kris stan knows that the first rule of being his fan is to know how to poke fun at him. It’s really hard not to, but in the process, it’s even harder not to be amazed by just how wonderful a person he seems to be.
We are just his fans, and we may never know the totality of who he really is, but the glimpses he has shown us have only made us bigger supporters of him and his endeavors (yes, including the grease and cheese). To you, whether you are dedicated Kris stans already, just casual fans, or even (gulp) Kris haters, we hope that this serves to either strengthen your belief in him or open you to the possibility of his greatness--because he really is great. We tried to be as objective as possible, but we just couldn’t help ourselves.
And to Kris, even if you may never see this, unless you lurk on this part of the interwebs, thank you. Thank you for giving us many materials for joke fodder, and for being ever so gracious about it. Thank you for being kind and professional. Thank you for being our didi/dongsaeng, gege/oppa, Krisus, and Duizhang altogether. As fans, we support you, and we believe in you. We hope to make you feel that, even if only through this post, your hard work is appreciated by us all.
A recommended Guide to Kris and a list of EXO’s every appearance to reference
A recommended post for ALL of Kris' fansite photos for the year of 2012 by our own bunica1990 and grasshopper215