After more than two years of being entangled in court cases and controversies, the former iKON BI member shared his experience in an interview with Billboard.
The idol’s ascent and subsequent demise are quite astounding. After debuting with iKON in 2015, the male singer became famous nationally and internationally, becoming the favorite face of many people. However, a drug scandal changed his career path.
On September 10, 2021, BI was sentenced to four years of probation, which included 80 hours of community service, 40 hours of drug courses, and a fine of 1.5 million yen (equivalent to $1,300). America). He was charged with three counts of illegal use of marijuana and illegal sale of LSD in 2016.
BI wants to prove himself through his actions and his one wish is to repay his fans with music
In an interview with BillboardsThe male singer shared about his journey to becoming an idol and how he overcame the most difficult period of his life so far.
BI started the interview by giving an insight into the pressure that comes with being an idol. Although he was a teenager when he first debuted, he had to shoulder a lot of responsibilities and expectations at that time. The competitive nature doesn’t help.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been too sensitive to results because I’m too competitive. I’m obsessed with the need to perform better, to make better music, to be the best. I’m not enough. mature to handle the pressure I put on myself.”
The idol mentioned that he has made some stupid decisions in his career, mainly referring to the drug scandal. BI revealed that he surrendered to moments of weakness, and that he has nothing but regrets for doing so.
“I guess you could say it feels like survival, having to win, having to fight. In a moment of weakness, I thought maybe I could take that burden off. Even now, I still I regret it. I shouldn’t have done it, but I feel like I’m in the corner, and I’ve made the wrong decision. I’m young and stupid.”
The news of the drug scandal became public in June 2019, while the incident took place in 2016. The former iKON member said he spent all his time in fear of people finding out and immersed himself. in music to get rid of anxiety. .
For BI, the worst part of the ordeal was the disappointment of his family, friends, and fans. He also had to leave iKON, despite being their leader.
“My mind went blank. Then I started thinking about the people I’ve let down and hurt – my family, my friends, my fans – and hate myself. Family. I didn’t say much to me, they just hugged me and we cried together. It comforted me but also caused me a lot more pain.”
BI said that the extent of events left him with a “victim mentality” that he was trying to overcome, acknowledging that no one but himself was responsible for what went down. he continued,
“I’m trying to change people’s perception of me, not only by talking but also by my actions. One by one, I’m trying to convince everyone I meet. I can’t speak. that’s definitely happening right now but I’ll make sure it’s true.”
The idol ended the interview by thanking the fans who have always supported and loved them. He revealed that he wanted to repay them for all their patience and kindness:
“I decided that I had to release an album, but I was terrified. I went ahead with one thought – to give back to everyone who has been by my side.”
Even when the male singer is serving a 4-year prison term, he continues to create music for his fans. In May 2022, BI announced its global album project Love or be lovedwhich includes a pre-release collaboration with rapper Soulja Boy titled BTBT.
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