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G-Dragon Opens Up about Marijuana Scandal, Daesung Had Suicidal Thoughts

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On February 20, Big Bang appeared on SBS “Healing Camp” and addressed questions that many fans have been waiting to ask. G-Dragon and Daesung, in particular, opened up about their respective incidents that were some of the most talked-about issues in all of K-Pop last year.

G-Dragon started off with his marijuana scandal, explaining, “I think it all started when I took a puff off of a cigarette from someone I didn’t know at the after-party in Japan in May, 2011.”

“I believe it would be very hard for many people, including myself, to understand the situation. First of all, it was a party we hosted, and I was really drunk at the time. It was a cigarette given by someone invited to the party, so I didn’t think it was right to reject the offer. Since we were the host, I just took the cigarette and took a puff. I should have been more careful as a celebrity, but it was all my fault,” he added.

He was questioned, “Don’t marijuana and regular tobacco smell different?” But G-Dragon answered, “I was really drunk, and I think I believed it to be a really dark cigarette or cigar. I’ve never been exposed to marijuana so I don’t even know what it smells like.” He was also asked if he couldn’t just tell the difference by the looks of it, but he said, “It wasn’t just impossible to tell the difference, and I’m a smoker, but it looked exactly like the cigarettes I smoke.”

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Daesung also discussed his car accident that caused him to abstain from all public activity for nearly a year. “I didn’t think I could face my parents so I just stayed at my dorm. I wasn’t hungry at all and everything was just blank. I felt so sorry that I cried every day,” he started off.

“I never thought I would get hurt by netizen comments, but it was impossible not to after reading some of the comments…The worse one was calling me a ‘murderer.’ I realized how scary and brutal that word could be,” he continued.

“I know I shouldn’t have done this, but after reading those comments, I started having extreme thoughts. I knew it was the wrong way, but it felt like everyone was telling me to go that route,” Daesung said about having suicidal thoughts.

Daesung added the victim’s family actually encouraged and helped him a lot to get back on track and thanked the family members for their continued support.

Meanwhile, Big Bang’s comeback single, “Blue,” will be released on February 22. Their fifth mini album, “Alive,” will hit stores on February 29.

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On February 20, Big Bang appeared on SBS “Healing Camp” and addressed questions that many fans have been waiting to ask. G-Dragon and Daesung, in particular, opened up about their respective incidents that were some of the most talked-about issues in all of K-Pop last year.

8 Worst Scandals Surrounding BIGBANG That Shocked The Nation

Despite some major scandals, BIGBANG was able to come back strong!

BIGBANG, one of the biggest names in K-Pop, have come a long way since their debut in 2006. Because they are one of the longest tenured K-Pop idols, they have also had their fair share of scandals throughout the years. Let’s take a look at a couple of BIGBANG’s scandals that they were able to bounce back from.

1. “LIES” Plagiarism Scandal

In 2007, BIGBANG released their the single “LIES,” and everything changed for the group. “LIES” became the group’s first major hit, topping all of the major charts, and it eventually took home the “Song of the Year” award at the 2007 MAMAs. Composed by G-Dragon, the track was also G-Dragon’s first major hit as a composer, and the success of the song helped establish G-Dragon as a major “producer-idol.”

A couple of months after the song was released, however, netizens started accusing G-Dragon of plagiarizing Japanese DJ’s FreeTEMPO and their track “Sky High” for “Lies”. G-Dragon stayed silent on the matter at first, but as the scandal started to get out of hand, BIGBANG’s agency (YG Entertainment) spoke up in G-Dragon’s defense. The agency had reached out to FreeTEMPO to get their opinion on the matter, and FreeTEMPO themselves denied that “Lies” was a plagiarism of “Sky High.”

2. T.O.P’s Rising Sun Scandal

In 2007, T.O.P appeared on a TV interview broadcast wearing a jacket that had patches designed with the Rising Sun Flag, on both sides of the chest. Similar to the Nazi “swastika” in Western countries, the Rising Sung flag is considered offensive in many Asian countries because the symbol was used as the war flag for the Imperial Japanese army.

Understanding the gravity of the situation, Yang Hyun Suk quickly issued an apology and put the scandal to rest. “I believe the issue began due to the fact that T.O.P, as well as the other staff, were not able to recognize the significance of the sign and point it out. We sincerely apologize for the incident as the fact that it was unintentional does not forgive the mistake. T.O.P is has been quite surprised and is deeply reflecting upon the unintentional incident. We will make an effort to prevent further mistakes through strict caution.” ㅡ Yang Hyun Suk

3. G-Dragon’s “Heartbreaker” Plagiarism Scandal

In 2009, G-Dragon released his 1st solo album, “Heartbreaker”. Although the album was a huge hit, it was surrounded by controversy because many people felt that the title track, “Heartbreaker”, was a plagiarized version of Flo Rida‘s hit single, “Right Round.”

As the controversy started gaining traction, more and more netizens started believing the accusations. Finally, before the scandal got out of hand, YG Entertainment contacted Flo Rida and his representatives directly.

To deny any plagiarism allegations, Flo Rida flew to Korea, came to G-Dragon’s solo concert, and performed a remix of “Heartbreaker” with G-Dragon on stage. All accusations were since dropped.

4. G-Dragon’s Marijuana Scandal

Back in 2011, G-Dragon went on hiatus after he had tested positive for marijuana. Although the initial urine test came out negative, a hair test detected a weak positive for marijuana. Because the amount was minimal, however, and this was G-Dragon’s first offense, charges were eventually dropped.

G-Dragon opened up about the issue on an episode of Healing Camp, where he revealed what happened. He had been offered a puff of what he thought was a cigarette from a stranger at a party in Japan. After he realized that the cigarette was unusual, he threw it away. Because he had only taken a puff, the amount detected in the hair test was minimal, which then led to the charges being dropped.

5. Daesung’s Car Accident

On May 31, 2011, Daesung was involved in a fatal car accident. He had hit a motorcyclist who had collapsed on the ground from a prior incident, as well as a taxi that was parked next to the motorcyclist’s body. The taxi stopped after the driver spotted the motorcyclist fallen on the road. Daesung stated that he did not see the motorcyclist, and only saw him after he stopped his car to check the taxi driver’s safety. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist died from his injuries.

After an investigation was carried out, Daesung was not charged for the incident. Prosecution stated that there was no way to determine whether or not the motorcyclist was alive before he was hit by Daesung, as there was a high possibility that he had perished from his earlier crash just moments before. Although Daesung wasn’t charged, he took a year off from all activities for a time of self-reflection.

6. Seungri’s Sex Scandal

In 2012, an anonymous female went to Japanese media about her one night stand with Seungri from BIGBANG. Along with images of Seungri asleep in bed, she accused him of being rough during sex, and not kissing her once.

The situation was made worse when photos of Seungri and Japanese model Anna Kubo were seen in Hong Kong kissing, acting like a couple. This scandal was quickly dismissed, however, when YG Entertainment explained that the two had just finished filming for a Japanese drama and they were just close friends.

Seungri ended up going on talk show Incarnation to talk about the scandal publicly. Fans appreciated his honesty as he explained that this was his first scandal. He even admitted that people started looking at him as more of an adult after the photos spread.

7. T.O.P’s Marijuana Scandal

In 2017, while T.O.P was serving in the military, he was charged with using marijuana. A controversial trainee, Han Seo Hee, was initially charged with using the substance, when an investigation discovered that T.O.P had consumed marijuana with her on several occasions. After drug tests came out positive, T.O.P received a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 2 years and he was booted from his military service.

After the controversial incident, T.O.P released a public apology letter, showing remorse. He has since re-enlisted for his mandatory military duties as a public service worker at the Yongsan District Office, and has been keeping himself out of the spotlight, utilizing the time to self-reflect.

8. G-Dragon “dry humps” a backup dancer on stage

During his “Shine A Light” concert, G-Dragon was accused of “dry humping” one of the dancers.

The controversy was so great because it was an all ages concert, and the Korean government had to conduct an investigation. The dancer, Aimee, assured everyone that it was merely a short moment of straddling.

BIGBANG, one of the longest tenured groups in K-Pop have had their fair share of scandals over the years that they've been able to recover from.