US5 members Jay Kahn, Mikel Johnson, Izzy Gallegos, and Chris Watrin visited ‘VIVA Live’ to discuss the continuing concern the group’s most popular member, Richie Stringini, has still not returned to Germany from his parents home in Wheaton, Illinois to rejoin them. “Richie is still with his parents,” Jay said. “I would like to stress however that he is not being imprisoned.” Jay added that Richie’s parents have “strict morals” and wondered if they had gotten the wrong impression of the group’s activities by believing media coverage.
The story at Viva.tv has since been removed. Meanwhile, distraught fans are compiling video clips begging their pop idol to return to Germany at YouTube.