Lee Jung Jae Speaks Up for the First Time about His Autistic Brother

Lee Jung Jae carefully opened up about his autistic brother for the first time ever on the April 15 broadcast of SBS′ Healing Camp.

When asked about his family, Lee Jung Jae stayed quiet for a few seconds, then said, "I have a big brother. I don′t think my parents will like my saying this. I hoped I wouldn′t be asked about it."

He added, "I have a big brother, and he′s not well. My parents had a hard time when our family wasn′t so well off because he was born with autism. Since my parents had to work, I also felt responsible for taking care of him. I think that′s why my father wanted me to get a better job."

He said, however, that he never thought of his brother as a burden.

"Since he′s my brother, since I′m his brother, I didn′t think of him as a burden," he said. "Since he couldn′t get anything to eat himself, I had to eat with him, and I always had to go looking for him whenever he got lost outdoors. That was sort of inconvenient."

He finished, "I think I accepted from when I was little that this is my life and this is what my family′s like. I′m not the oldest son but I had to act the role and I also had to act like a daughter and take care of family issues, so I think I grew up more quickly compared to others."

Lee Jung Jae also talked about his success with The Thieves, and revealed he still receives lessons on acting.

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Reporter : Jeon Su Mi (ssue516@naver.com)
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