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Seungri, the vocalist and youngest member of successful K-pop boy group Big Bang, has just announced that he is stepping away from the limelight.

The announcement comes after the singer was charged with providing prostitutes to foreign investors in his private club.

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승리입니다 제가 이시점에서 연예계를 은퇴를하는것이 좋을거같습니다. 사회적 물의를 일으킨 사안이 너무나 커 연예계 은퇴를 결심했습니다 수사중인 사안에 있어서는 성실하게 조사를 받아 쌓인 모든 의혹을 밝히도록 하겠습니다. 지난 한달반동안 국민들로부터 질타받고 미움받고 지금 국내 모든 수사기관들이 저를 조사하고 있는 상황에서 국민역적 으로까지 몰리는 상황인데 저 하나 살자고 주변 모두에게 피해주는일은 도저히 제스스로가 용납이 안됩니다 지난 10여 년간 많은 사랑을 베풀어준 국내외 많은 팬분들께 모든 진심을 다해 감사드리며 와이지와 빅뱅 명예를 위해서라도 저는 여기까지인거같습니다 다시한번 죄송하고 또 죄송합니다 그동안 모든분들께 감사했습니다

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In an Instagram post, the singer says he has decided to retire from the entertainment industry, one that saw he and his group’s global success.

“At this point, I think it would be best if I retire from the entertainment industry. I decided on retiring as the issues that I caused a societal disturbance with are too major,” he says. “Regarding the issues that are being investigated, I will be investigated diligently and reveal all the suspicions.”

The 28-year-old singer also says he is sorry and that he cannot tolerate causing harm to everyone around him in order to save himself.

“I sincerely thank all of the fans in and outside of Korea who have given me lots of love for the past 10 years and I think this is where I stop even if it’s at least [to protect] the honor of YG [Entertainment] and BIGBANG,” he ends.

The singer’s management agency, YG Entertainment, maintains that the report of sex bribery is false.

The singer is set to fulfill his mandatory military services, which all able-bodied men in South Korea must complete. The agency says the singer will still join the army later this month for his military duties.


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