Park Bom’s real age being questioned after drug scandal

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Park Bom’s real age is being questioned after old articles may have shown that the singer may be older than what she claims.

An article from old American newspaper surfaced online earlier this week revealing Park Bom’s traumatic soccer event, which led to the 2NE1 singer being prescribed with amphetamine.

However, after the article surfaced online, many netizens pointed out that the 1998 article wrote that Park Bom was in ‘sophomore’, which meant that Bom would have been around 15-16, making her older than what she claims.

The singer’s known date of birth is currently March 24, 1984, which means she is 30 years old or 31 in Korea.

If going by the facts reported by the American newspaper, Bom’s would have been born in 1983 or 1982, two years earlier than what is known.

In addition, many netizens have pointed out that a video from 2007 of Bom training said that she was 25, which meant she would have been 32 years old this year.

Park Bom’s drug scandal came to light after a Korean publication, Segye Ilbo reported that Bom tried to ‘smuggle’ drugs in from America to Korea in 2010.

YG came to her defence and said that he was aware of her prescription after she told him about a traumatic soccer event when she was still studying in America.

A newspaper article from 1998 and 2000 then showed that Park Bom witnessed a friend dying on the field during a soccer game.

Read more about her drug scandal here.

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  1. Lol

    July 28, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Very stupid, when i was 17 i was already university student. And i’m Mongolian which means Asian too. Only koreans study till they are so old

  2. guest

    July 23, 2014 at 10:57 am

    First things first the cursing scandal. The Korean media must have nothing to do, and no offense so are some the netizens. Park Bom cursed during the Min Woo driving scene, so what! Is not allowed to curse right before her and her rooomates almost died/heavily injured. I mean look at the almost-accident. It is NOT just a guardrail. Refer back the car accident with Super Junior, they also swerved into the guardrail on the highway, and Kyuhyun almost died!

    Also, this part of the show could have been edited out, but why did the editors left it in and bleeped it out? Because it was appropriate, and they see nothing wrong with it. I mean I pretty sure not everyone Korea is so conservative, and would accidently slip a few curse words. So why can’t Park Bom curse right before an accident she could have died from?


    Second things the drug scandal. I could see the other side of YG Entertainment covering it up, but ok it was four years ago. Why can’t the media be so concentrated on celebrity tabloids? Do they really have to go around and ruin people’s reputation? I dare them to give the tabloid treatment to all of Korea, so they would get sick of doing tabloids. Why is a celebrities’ mistake magnified so big, as if the whole world is waiting to just pick them apart? Celebrities are human too, and all human makes mistake, even if they are perfectionist. I understand how celebrities are role models, but if they are also role models they too need the help of other people. So what if they are addicted the drug, it is up his or her fans, the netizens even the country to help them, if they magnifyiing things so much.

    Furthermore, Park Bom was no even addicted to the drug, according to the dispatch interview below. It was her medication for gosh sake, she even have the PRESCRIPTION LETTER! Do you want a celebrity who is supposedly to be role model, to look depress every time she performs? NO! Does anyone want to see her traumatized? NO! If anyone see that they either pessimist or sick to the head. I mean look at her shows, she brings the most laughs to 2NE1 and Roomates. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a drug is an illegal and often harmful substance (such as heroin, cocaine, LSD, or marijuana) that people take for pleasure. Park Bom wasn’t taking it for pleasure, she was not abusing, or misusing it. Yes, Amphetamine can be a damaging drug, but so is Morphine. But Morphine is not illegal in South Korea, and is used in most hospitals. As long the prescription not being abused it is not a drug. If Park Bom was really abusing the drug, she take more than 7 pills per week. Instead, why would she only take 3-4 pills a week? Because she is not abusing, but following her doctor’s prescription. If the media/ netizens really have to blame someone, blame her doctor for giving her that potentially dangerous drug. The client trusts the doctor, since the client usually does not have knowledge in medicine. So the client is Bom, and is she really getting blamed just by taking the medicine her doctor prescribed to her?

    Another note, she was living on Roomate, wouldn’t so someone notice if she was taking that drug now. I’m pretty sure she if off that drug now.

    Please read the full interview below before anyone goes and bad-mouth this celebrity.

    Q; Did the police just let Park Bom go?

    A; The police were suspicious from how she got the medicine, and how she got to bring it in Korea.

    Q; If she was confident, why did she send her medicine to her grandmother’s house?

    A; It was 4 years ago. October 2010. Dispatch was also not sure. We did have some points that suspected her. That time, person A was the investigator, B was Park Bom’s close person, C was the person from the government, and D was from the drug investigating place. We also called the hospital in USA.

    Then we concluded that there was Park Bom’s mistake too. So we decided to do the Q&D (Question&Dispatch) to solve this. How Park Bom got this medicine, and what the events that happened while this case was investigated.

    Q1; Let us see how Park Bom got the medicine. First, why was it Amphetamine.

    D; When Park Bom was in High School, she had to go through an scary incident. She had seen her friend dying infront of her. From this day onwards, Park Bom had to go through hard time. It was hard for her to control her feelings. She went to the hospital to get consulted and got some medicines.

    Q2; So was the Amphetamine a medicine used to cure her mental stability.

    D2; After that incident, Park Bom went through a lot of consulting and treatment. Bom had to use Amphetamine for her curing purposes. Amphetamine is a legal medicine in USA. She took this medicine without any problem.

    Q3; 2010, Park Bom was in Korea. She didn’t get treatment in Korea.

    D3; She was also consulted and treated in Korea. Ofcourse, she used some medicines in Korea too. But there are medicines that fit well on every people.

    Q4; So she asked for Amphetamine?

    D4; Park Bom’s mom called the hospital in USA. She might have thought that her daughter’s health was getting worse. She asked the hospital for some medicines.

    Q5; Are you talking about what Yang Hyunsuk said “Which mom would give her daughter drugs?”

    D5; Yes. Bom’s mom called first. This is where you can see the relationship between what YG said. If she knew it was a drug then she wouldn’t have asked for the medicine. Ofcourse, Park Bom called the hospital too. And because it was a hospital Bom always used to go, she explained how her health was worsening and asked for medicine.

    Q6; But isn’t it illegal to ask for medicine like that?

    D6; Actually, it is impossible. However, if the person has a disease, they do give the medicine sometimes. And the hospital might have thought that Park Bom couldn’t come to the hospital in the US. So the medicine was given. The medicine was bought by Park Bom’s family from her mother’s side as they’re living in USA.

    Q7; But why didn’t Park Bom know that Amphetamine was illegal?

    D7; She knew that this medicine wasn’t sold in Korea. But she didn’t know the reason. She thought it was just the problem of customs in the airport. As she knew that she can’t buy the medicine in Korea, she thought she could just buy it in USA.

    Q8; Didn’t she put the address to her Grandmother because she knew it was illegal. To hide herself?

    D8; The reason why she changed the address was because nobody was usually home. Bom’s mom also used to go out frequently. So she put the address to her grandma, as she knew that she wouldn’t miss the package cause her grandma was always home.

    Q9; Now let’s see how the steps were taken to investigate this case.

    D9; 2010 October 12th, they found 82 pills of Amphetamine which came in to Incheon airport. It was addressed to one of the houses in Incheon. Park Bom’s grandmother.

    Q10; The police knew that an illegal drug came in. Why wasn’t the person taken in at once.

    D10; Usually, we investigate drug cases by looking at how it came in to Korea. We needed to know how and where it came in from first.

    Q11; What did the police further do with this case.

    D11; Just like Park Bom’s situation. After this drug was caught, the police started moving after a week. They went to the house where it was delivered first. There was Park Bom’s grandmother there. The grandma’s child, thus, Park Bom’s mom had already taken the medicine.

    Q12; So did they go to Park Bom’s house in Seoul?

    D12; They headed to Seoul. They investigated the house where Park Bom was living with her mom. Then they found a evidence. This was where the police came to a dilemma.

    Q13; I heard the police were disappointed(?)

    D13; First, they counted the number of medicine. There were about 78 pills. In 1 week, she had taken 3-4 pills only. If this case was to get bigger, a lot of pills must be gone. However, by seeing that only 3-4 pills were missing, they could only conclude by seeing this medicine for only curing purpose.

    Q14; Wait a minute, we need to see some points on people who bring in drugs.

    D14; There are 3 points which would lead them to punishment.

    1) People who bring in for exporting these drugs or business.

    2) If these drugs are really serious and dangerous.

    3) People involved in this case.

    Q15; So did they think that none of these points matched Park Bom’s case?

    D15; Amphetamine can be used to cure depression. To make it Philopon, there must be another special thing mixed in. However, Park Bom only took in 3-4 pills in a week.

    Q16; Anyways, it is true that she brought in an illegal medicine to Korea.

    D16; Yes, we agree to this. That’s why she was investigated. Her mom was investigated too. However, we only give punishment to people who make these drugs, shares it with others and tell them where it comes from. However, Park Bom was in neither of these. There were 78 pills were kept with her. With everything still packed.

    Q17; What did Park Bom show as evidence?

    D17; She showed the prescription letter for evidence. It was a letter that showed that she was getting treated. She also showed the letter for the medicine she was given.

    Q18; So we can’t say she got the advantage from the police?

    D18; This is what it’s said.

    “Even if it’s a drug, she didn’t run away with it. She got the medicine from a hospital, and if there’s a special letter that she got the medicine for treatment, it’s okay.”

    Q19; Not long, there was a Samsung staff who got arrested by a similar case.

    D19; In this case, the person didn’t tell out who the person got the drug from. The police says that the person got the Amphetamine from a close person. Ofcourse, if the person has a letter saying that he/she needs it for medication, it would be fine.

    Q20; Oppositely, are there anyone who has a similar case at Park Bom?

    D20; On June, A staff got suspected for a drug which has a plant root powder inside. However, the person’s son had ADHD, and got this medicine to Korea as the person heard that this medicine was good for ADHD. This person was then unsuspected.

    Q21; Some person says that she got through it cause she was from YG.

    D21; The police says that bringing in drugs is a really big issue. And if a celebrity did it, it would be bigger. It’s a case that all prosecutors would want to catch. Fans would think that YG is great, but police would look at YG as a good prey.

  3. Dannie

    July 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Exactly. When it comes to classroom age, there is really no limit in either direction. It just depends on the child’s ability.

  4. Dannie

    July 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Actually you can graduate from High School at 16 yrs in the USA. It is not unheard of for 16 year olds to even start college courses in the USA.

  5. maimimi

    July 8, 2014 at 10:58 am

    what the hell is wrong with these people? is her age that much of a big deal? media and netizens in Korea are so immature. her age doesn’t really matter. i don’t even care if she’s forty or what.

  6. paperheart

    July 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

    You can be 14 and be a sophomore, but do the math… she’s born in March, so she would already be at least 15. I could care less though, the age thing is only a 1-2 year gap, not a big deal.

  7. Exotxc

    July 6, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I feel so bad for her. This year has been so bad for so many idols, I hope it gets better. And can’t the media have some pity for her? She watched someone die, that’s why she needed the medications. Ugh & now she left Roommate, fuck the media.

  8. Cam

    July 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Yea. Your right. The other thing is a lot of international students test in to certain classes in some schools. Meaning, they get tested to see where they should be placed in certain grades so they don’t fall behind and re-learn stuff they already know. Park Bom is a year older than me. So she should have been a freshman in 1998 because I was in 1999. It’s highly possible she tested a grade higher somewhere during the start of her American education and was placed in a class above. It happens all the time here. With the issue of her saying she was 25 in that youtube vid, Bom has admitted in the show Roommates she says things wrong all the time. Especially when speaking in Korean. Maybe she just messed up and did her math wrong.

  9. shana

    July 5, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I wish people would stop trying to explain the american school system to me. Especially when they do it so poorly.
    There’s usually a 3 year age range from the youngest to the oldest in each grade. All which are completely normal and don’t require any special circumstances.

  10. 에론 아리오디토 (Eron)

    July 5, 2014 at 4:46 am

    normally 15 for sophomore

  11. saki

    July 5, 2014 at 3:47 am

    People have to remember school systems and school age vary so much from country to country, that and the fact that in korea they add a year when calculating the age. I can see where the inconsistencies can occur. Netizens are just on a witch hunt now, they’ll only see what they want to see and focus on the bad stuff cz they have no lives and are probably lonely, jealous of thse celebrities they target. People just need to lay off them and mind their own business, if they dont like the celeb then just dont patronize their work and shut up. Sigh… i might just become a blackjack cz of netizen anger…

  12. Lexi Pinkpocket Thomas

    July 5, 2014 at 1:20 am

    GIVE IT A REST! All you guys do is copy and paste the same nonsensical rumors article after article. There’s already billions about this and you’re just hurting a human being even more who is a beautiful person inside and out. Your bitter actions and “I’m just doing my job” cover ups will be your downfall one day, whether for your article or for yourself as a person. Be human for once with EMOTIONS and let Park Bom be.

  13. shana

    July 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    You can be 14 and be a sophomore. It means she would have graduated when she was 17, which is completely normal in America. *sigh*

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