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Big Bang’s Seungri apologizes over ‘recent controversies’

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The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

 /  Mon, November 19, 2018  /  05:02 pm
Big Bang’s Seungri apologizes over ‘recent controversies’

Seungri of Big Bang apologized to fans at a recent music event, apparently in reference to problematic behaviors online and on television over the past few months.  (Instagram/seungriseyo)

Seungri of Big Bang apologized to fans at a recent music event, apparently in reference to problematic behaviors online and on television over the past few months. 

The band’s youngest member and a thriving entrepreneur, Seungri took to the stage Saturday at Gocheok Sky Dome as part of a music festival for young people called Youth Arena 2018 Seoul.

Before sharing his prepared remarks, the singer apologized to his fans. 

“I am sorry to have made many of our fans uncomfortable with recent controversies,” said the singer, who did not specify which controversies he was referring to. 

Seungri found himself in hot water earlier this month after recommending via Instagram that his fans vote for a female model, who happened to be his friend, in the 2018 Miss Maxim Contest. He had promised fans that he would appear live on Instagram for a full hour if the model won the contest. The singer was later bombarded with criticism, with some critics accusing him of “taking advantage” of his fans and “bribing” them with a live appearance on Instagram. He was also accused of “disregarding (his) young fans, given that Maxim (was) an adult magazine.”

In August, he had come under fire for making Sejeong of Gugudan pour beer for the most attractive male guest on the tvN variety show “Salty Tour”. 

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The program later received an official warning from the Korean Communication Standards Commission for violating gender-equality regulations, but Seungri offered no response at the time. 

After breaking the tension at Saturday’s event, Seungri went on to talk about his values. 

“If tomorrow’s my last day, how should I live today? For me, memories are everything. I think what really lasts in the end is how you spent your time with people who love you, rather than money and fame,” he said.

He also mentioned the upcoming return of Big Bang, saying, “Almost a year has passed since I began promoting (my music) solo, with other members serving in the Army. Soon they’ll come back and will be promoting (their music) without me. And that does scare me a little.” 

Lastly, Seungri teased that he would expand his reach to YouTube, encouraging fans to toss him some good content-creation ideas.

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