The truth behind 2NE1's Park Bom's "drug scandal"
Park Bom of the K-pop group 2NE1 and the reality show Roommate has recently been involved in a "drug smuggling scandal" in which it's been revealed that four years ago she was accused of, but never charged for, smuggling amphetamines from the United States into South Korea by mail. As the negative news has spread, fans have questioned what really happened. Now, the truth has been exposed in a personal statement made by YG Entertainment's CEO in defense of Bom.
CEO Yang Hyun Suk wrote,
“As fans may already know, 2NE1’s Park Bom grew up in the United States before her debut and had dreams of becoming a soccer player. During one soccer match, she witnessed the death of a teammate on the field, after which she fell in a slump, with the extreme trauma and the depression that followed. For several years afterward, she received counseling and treatment, taking medication prescribed to her by a university hospital in the States.
After that incident, Park Bom was unable to continue soccer, and that was when she first came to Korea to audition for YG. I remember that day vividly. The reason I remember her from among the many auditions is that she said, ‘If it’s not with YG I won’t become a singer.’
She didn’t make the first audition, and she came back the next year, where she was eliminated again. After three years of public auditions, she finally finished in first place, and because of that, I have a special memory of her.
The reason why I’m telling you all of this is because the first time I saw Park Bom was 11 years ago. However, it was only four years ago, after speaking with her father, that I found out of her old dreams of becoming a soccer player or of her traumatic experience as a child. As much as this is something even her fellow 2NE1 members did not know, that’s how much I didn’t want to put Park Bom through the recollection of those memories again.
While it’s become a situation where I have no choice but to reveal this, Park Bom had, until four years ago, continuously taken medication prescribed to her by an American university hospital. Due to a busy schedule, she was unable to return to the States for some time, and in the process of having her mother and grandmother receive the medications through post for her, it was stopped at customs, as amphetamines are banned in Korea.
Thankfully, the hospital provided medical records and prescriptions for the investigation, and the case was wrapped up with no further issues.
2NE1 is busy with their world tour schedule right now, and I hadn’t seen Park Bom in a while. But last night, I saw Park Bom crying all night, because of the reports that were released, and was conflicted on whether to talk about something from her past that Park Bom wouldn’t want to bring up.
I sincerely apologize for the concern that this has caused.
We will be back soon with more positive news. Thank you.
2014. 07. 01
Yang Hyun Suk"
Based on these new facts, it seems like the "scandal" is anything but. Park Bom simply needed a prescription refilled for a very personal struggle, and it's unfortunate that the details of a sad event in her life had to be publicly revealed to clear her name.
Luckily, as of right now, it does not appear that the incident will affect Bom's appearance on Roommate. SBS stated, “As of now we don’t consider Bom appearing on Roommate as a problem. Since there is no problem in terms of the law, this issue has nothing to do with Bom’s appearance on SBS (Roommate)."
Park Bom deserves our support during this hard time, and we hope that she feels better soon!