It is speculated that Bae Yong Joon and Park Soo Jin’s retirement from the entertainment industry was due to the NICU controversy six years ago.
Munhwa Ilbo recently reported that the symbolic website (byj.co.kr) of Bae Yong Joon, who became a top Hallyu star after the success of the drama “Winter Sonata” in 2004, had been suspended and put up for sale after 20 years. Accordingly, an entertainment official said, “This means no one is managing Bae Yong Joon’s website, and he is also not interested in external activities as a celebrity.”
Bae Yong Joon stopped acting after the drama “The Legend” in 2007 and became immersed in business. As the largest shareholder of Keyeast Entertainment, Bae Yong Joon helped the company grow rapidly by recruiting a large number of actors, then handed over the management rights to SM Entertainment in 2018 and earned 40 billion won in profits.
Meanwhile, Bae Yong Joon overcame the large age gap of 13 years and married Park Soo Jin in 2015 after 3 months of dating. The couple is known to have moved to Hawaii a few years ago for better children’s education.
In fact, the two already took steps to retire from the entertainment industry a long time ago. On November 13th, OSEN reported the words of Bae Yong Joon’s acquaintance, saying “Bae Yong Joon already made a nice withdrawal from showbiz when he handed over the shares he owned to SM in 2018”.
In this regard, Internet users raised speculations that the controversy Park Soo Jin receiving special treatment at Samsung Hospital’s NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) when she gave birth to her first child in 2017 might have caused the couple to retire from the entertainment industry.
According to reports at that time, a newborn baby died because Park Soo Jin cut in line and broke the order in using NICU at Samsung Hospital.
It is known that Samsung Hospital’s NICU has one treatment room from Cell A to Cell C, and two treatment rooms from Cell D to Cell F. According to the principal, a baby whose life is in danger will be hospitalized in Cell A. However, Park Soo Jin’s child stayed in Cell A even though that case was not emergency enough to be in Cell A.
In general, breastfeeding is prevented in Cell A because the baby is in a very critical situation, and visits to NICU’s Cell A are prohibited or limited to only a few. However, it was allegedly said that Park Soo Jin not only breastfed her baby in Cell A but also had her parents’ and managers’ frequent visits.
In the end, the sad story of the baby who died as they could not stay in Cell A was publicized, causing an intense public backlash. The controversy intensified when many netizens even signed a petition to investigate Park Soo Jin’s preferential treatment at Samsung Hospital. As a result, Park Soo Jin admitted her fault, saying she made a wrong judgement because was worried about her first child that came out early.