Singer Han Kyung Il revealed why he disappeared from the industry.
Han Kyung Il appeared in the latest story of MBN’s “Special World,” which aired on Dec 8th, recalling the difficulties he had after his debut as a singer. Han Kyung Il was greatly loved for his representative ballad track “Half of My Life” in the 2000s. However, he suddenly stopped appearing on broadcasts with the news of his disappearance, drawing attention to the reason.
He recalled, “I was doing well with my third album. However, the president of my agency suddenly gave me pocket money and told me to go somewhere and hide for a week.”
“In order to get a little more attention, they planned a strategy called ‘I went into hiding because of trouble between me and my agency.’ Since then, the broadcasting industry has branded singer Han Kyung Il as irresponsible. Since then, I received no offer to appear on TV or at any external events anymore. My heyday has ended since 2004,” he said in a dejected manner.
He didn’t make any money even in his prime. Han Kyung Il said, “I had no income. When I told my agency about my struggle, they said they couldn’t pay me because they didn’t have enough money. It’s a slave contract in today’s language. I had to sell my semi-basement house, which was the only thing left, to pay off all my debts, and I became homeless. We had to live at the house of my eldest sister who already gotten married, my dad, mom, and me.”
Han Kyung Il’s mother, who was his closest friend and supported him the most, was diagnosed with dementia and Parkinson’s disease 6 years ago. “We found out when she was already in a serious state,” he said. “It felt like the sky was falling down on me.”
He then confessed, “I haven’t been able to be a filial son and show my parents how successful I am, but it’s so sad and absurd to think that my mom doesn’t have much time to wait any longer.”