Daniel Kang, the K-pop idol holding the Guinness World Record for “Fastest Time to Gain 1 Million Followers on Instagram,” has created a new account on the platform.
The former Wanna One center opened his own page this week following a widely-reported dispute with his management, LM Entertainment, regarding certain terms in their exclusive contract.
In a fan club post, Kang claimed that his management had denied him ownership of his social media accounts despite his persistent requests.
Meanwhile, LM Entertainment debunked rumors claiming that Kang had asked to terminate his contract and described the actual issue as “a misunderstanding between the agency and the artist,” Pulse News reported.
As a result, Kang, who has been vocal about connecting to fans, launched his personal Instagram account (@daniel.k.here) on Monday.
“Hello. It’s been so long,” the 22-year-old idol wrote on his first post.
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In January, Kang set a Guinness World Record for “Fastest Time to Gain 1 Million Followers on Instagram” after beating the Pope by 24 minutes.
The account, which goes by the handle @thisisdaniel_k, has 2.7 million followers as of this writing.
Unfortunately, Kang failed to beat his own record as his new account remains short of over 500,000 followers a day later.
However, fans claimed that they were unable to follow the idol despite repeated attempts, blaming Instagram for the bug.
me: let me follow danielinstagram: pic.twitter.com/CDK5aMuor6 — pratu🌻 (@onggeums) March 4, 2019
come on Instagram pic.twitter.com/k7bs6c5Pkz— 니편이야🍑 (@BunnyDaniel1210) March 4, 2019
AAAHHH GDI I’M GOIN CRAZY HERE. JUST. LET. ME. FOLLOW. DANIEL.K pic.twitter.com/GxBZxwNEeH— shiela 📍ongniel au (@realdefonge) March 4, 2019
The exact reason for the supposed glitch is unclear, but Twitter user @seattledaniel_k offered an explanation to appease other fans.
Instagram has different follower quotas for celebrities. Daniel’s new account is not recognized as a celebrity/famous person account, therefore many people are unable to follow him/access his account.— 씨애틀꼬맹이 (@seattledaniel_k) March 4, 2019
According to @seattledaniel_k, those who managed to follow Kang should log out of their accounts so others can follow him.
To resolve this, those who have followed his account, please logout of your account for the time being— 씨애틀꼬맹이 (@seattledaniel_k) March 4, 2019
Thankfully, the issue has since been fixed.
Family, you can now follow the new personal IG of Kang Daniel. The error has been fixed. Let’s show him that we fully support and trust him. ❤️💙💚💛💜📌 https://t.co/3Upzs3izKV pic.twitter.com/3R9RusUCf0 — Smile_Like_Daniel (@smile_like_Niel) March 4, 2019
I DIIIIID IT FINALLY!!!!!! It took me 15 hours to follow DANIEL KANG instagram account !!!! THANK YOU GOD THANK YOU MOTHER THANK YOU MY FAMILLY THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!! #KangDaniel #강다니엘 #danielkhere pic.twitter.com/LkI2uJwZf5— ☀니하 Finally followed Daniel on IG ☀(. • 3 •) ❤ (@Onigiri_Omurice) March 4, 2019