BIGBANG’s Seungri Announces Retirement From Celebrity Life

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BIGBANG’s Seungri has announced his decision to step down from the entertainment industry.

BIGBANG’s Seungri had announced his retirement from showbiz on March 11 through a letter on his personal Instagram account.

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“I think at this point, it would be best if I make my retirement from the entertainment industry due to the major impact regarding the issues about me. As for the ongoing investigations, I will continue to sincerely participate and reveal the truth behind all the allegations,” he promised.

“For the past month and a half, due to my name being involved in investigations, I have received a huge amount of critique and hate from the public, even getting cornered as a traitor of the nation. I cannot continue to tolerate causing harm to the people around me in order to save myself,” Seungri confessed.

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승리입니다 제가 이시점에서 연예계를 은퇴를하는것이 좋을거같습니다. 사회적 물의를 일으킨 사안이 너무나 커 연예계 은퇴를 결심했습니다 수사중인 사안에 있어서는 성실하게 조사를 받아 쌓인 모든 의혹을 밝히도록 하겠습니다. 지난 한달반동안 국민들로부터 질타받고 미움받고 지금 국내 모든 수사기관들이 저를 조사하고 있는 상황에서 국민역적 으로까지 몰리는 상황인데 저 하나 살자고 주변 모두에게 피해주는일은 도저히 제스스로가 용납이 안됩니다 지난 10여 년간 많은 사랑을 베풀어준 국내외 많은 팬분들께 모든 진심을 다해 감사드리며 와이지와 빅뱅 명예를 위해서라도 저는 여기까지인거같습니다 다시한번 죄송하고 또 죄송합니다 그동안 모든분들께 감사했습니다

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“I would like to sincerely thank my fans from Korea and overseas for supporting me in these last ten years. For the purpose and honor of YG and BIGBANG, I think stopping here could be the least of my efforts,” he said.

“Once again, I am sorry. I have been grateful for everyone until now,” the singer concluded his letter.

During the time he mentioned, Seungri had received a series of allegations for providing prostitution services to foreign investors. This came from a media report which showed a group chat on a mobile messaging app allegedly between him and people who seemed to be his colleagues.

He was also accused of frequent drug use occurring at the Burning Sun, the nightclub where he had been an executive director. However, Seungri himself had taken a drug test recently and had produced a negative result. Additionally, previous police investigations have also not produced clear details proving him guilty of the allegations yet.

According to YTN, a source from YG Entertainment had noted that Seungri’s announcement was not a decision made after consulting with YG, but a decision he made on his own. They also shared how the idol felt very guilty about causing harm to those around him and distressed because these incidents occurred right before he planned on enlisting for his mandatory military service.

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