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.
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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