Former U-KISS member, Kim Kibum, now better known by his Japanese stage name Allen Kim, has opened up about him leaving U-KISS back in 2011.
On March 22, through his agency Professional Entertainment, Kim said:
“It is true that I was lacking in music while I was with U-KISS. Therefore I accepted the replacements. I decided to go to Japan thinking that everything happened because of my weaknesses in music.”
In his two years of promoting in Japan, Kim only concentrated on live performances. He explained that:
“I gave up everything related to visuals because I wanted to make a return as a true singer in Korea again. During the two years, I was in such pain that I even thought of suicide at one point, but now I’m ready to become a solo singer with my current agency, and after it made me an offer in December 2012, I decided to make a solo debut in April.”
On U-KISS, Kim commented:
“I can’t help but miss the time I spent with the U-KISS members. I was able to endure thanks to those memories and I still love them.”
Allen Kibum’s debut solo single, Longing, will be released in April.
Sources: (News & Photo) – enews24 via lifestyler
Actor Kim Kibum is chosen as a main character for the Chinese fantasy drama Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (天龙八部 Tian Long Ba Bu).
This will mark his first attempt for Chinese drama series. The drama was written by China’s best author Jin Yong (金庸). Each character is said to have strong personalities and the story is based on the Eight Races of non-human entities described in Buddhist cosmology. The drama is said to be aired starting in the later half of 2013.
In the new drama, it is said that Kim Kibum will be taking the role as a kind and naive prince, Duan Yu. The young prince strongly believes in the Buddhist’s benevolent principles, and as he is forced to learn martial arts, he runs away . However as he continues to experience twist of events outside the pugilist world, he ironically becomes a master of martial arts.
Kim Kibum stated, “I’m honored to be part of such a great production and in such a great role. As it is my first Chinese drama, I am quite nervous but I have discussed my character much with the director and I will do my best to flawlessly play Duan Yu’s character as best as I can.”
Currently Kim Kibum is residing in China to focus on the acting.
Source: news and photo- The Star