The four members of K-pop group BIGBANG have now ended their mandatory military service.
Taeyang, whose real name is Dong Young-bae, and Kang Dae-sung, known by his stage name as Daesung, completed their military service on Nov. 10.
K-pop superstar Seungri announced his retirement from the industry — and consequently his part in legendary boy group BIGBANG — amid allegations that he supplied prostitutes to rich foreigners investing in his business in 2015.
The 28-year-old entrepreneur, who is scheduled to begin his mandatory military service on March 25, is also accused of allowing drug use at Burning Sun, the nightclub where he had been executive director, and bribery of police by club officials.
Images of T.O.P working hard to fulfill his military service has sparked both criticisms and support from South Korean netizens.
The controversial rapper, whose real name is Choi Seung-Hyun, is currently serving his reassignment at the Yongsan Craft Museum in January shortly after his involvement in a marijuana scandal late last year.
The Korean army is currently overwhelmed by massive fan mail sent to BIGBANG leader G-Dragon, who enlisted for mandatory service last month.
In a statement published on March 10, G-Dragon’s label, YG Entertainment, described that the K-pop star’s training center has been receiving “excessive” fan mail.
As scheduled, Taeyang enlisted on March 12 into the 6th Infantry Division’s training center, located in Cheorwon County of Gangwon Province, South Korea.
Big Bang member T.O.P. has drawn flak for showing up in court with full makeup on his first day of trial.
The idol appeared on June 29 for the first time in public since his recovery from tranquilizer overdose.
Han Seo Hee, the trainee who smoked marijuana with BIGBANG’s T.O.P, has officially received a sentence from her first trial.
The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Han to four years of probation, 120 hours of drug rehabilitation and a fine of ₩870,000 (about $770).
Following varied, conflicting reports on BIGBANG member T.O.P‘s condition attributed to police sources and the rapper’s relatives, doctors who are treating him at the Ewha Womans University Hospital in Mokdong, Seoul, called for a press conference on June 7 to provide an official update.
Police had previously claimed that the 29-year-old K-pop star, whose real name is Choi Seung-hyun, was not unconscious and just asleep, while his mother contradicted the claim and stated that he was unconscious when he was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition.
According to AllKpop, Kim Han Soo, public relations head of Ewha Womans University Hospital, delivered the following statement clear up any misinformation:
News reports, even police updates, can’t always be trusted. The mother of BIGBANG star T.O.P, who currently remains unconscious in the ICU relying on a respirator to breathe, wants the media to get their stories straight.
Choi Seung-hyun, T.O.P’s real name, was taken to the hospital after being found unconscious of an apparent drug overdose on Tuesday.
South Korean rapper Choi Seung-hyun, better known as T.O.P. of BIGBANG, was taken to the hospital after he had reportedly suffered a drug overdose on Tuesday, June 6 at 5 p.m. KST.
The 29-year-old K-pop artist was reportedly admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and was placed under careful observation, according to AllKpop. Choi’s mother and other family members currently remain with him in the ICU, waiting for him to regain consciousness.
Just days after reports emerged of rapper Choi Seung-hyun, better known as T.O.P. of BIGBANG, was involved in a marijuana drug scandal, it has recently been revealed that he has been kicked out of his two-year mandatory military service.
His two-year enlistment time will, therefore, be reset, which means he will have to enlist again in the military in the future. According to Koreaboo, the development was announced after he was officially indicted for the drug scandal by the authorities.
K-pop fans erupted yesterday following reports of BIGBANG member T.O.P. getting charged for using marijuana, a banned substance in South Korea.
The reports noted that T.O.P had consumed the substance through a vape pen on multiple occasions with a female friend and K-pop trainee at his home in Seoul. Earlier today, that trainee was revealed to be Han Seo Hee, a former contestant on the reality show “Birth of a Great Star 3” in 2012.