Old broadcasts starring Lee Seung Gi was brought up after the news of the actor not getting paid for a long time broke out.
On November 21st, Dispatch reported that Lee Seung Gi did not receive any settlements for his music activities over the past 18 years. What happened to Lee Seung Gi, who is loved as a famous singer with many hit songs, shocked many people.
In particular, heartbreaking stories on broadcasts in the past were mentioned and drew attention again in various online communities, such as FMKorea.
On a broadcast of Mnet’s program “MIC”, which aired in November 2011, Lee Seung Gi confessed the thoughts and worries that he had kept secret for a long time.
Lee Seung Gi said, “I often wonder, ‘Am I supposed to be a celebrity? Should I stop? Does this job suit me?’ and just wanted to run away”, adding “I couldn’t sing well while preparing for my second album and got scolded”, drawing regrets.
In addition, he once made headlines with his confession when appearing on KBS’s entertainment program “2 Days & 1 Night”.
The actor said, “Viewers don’t care about what I did yesterday and how I am doing. Even if I stayed awake for the whole night, it doesn’t matter to them”, adding “I have to look like I’m fine even when I’m in the worst condition. I always think entertainers like us shouldn’t show our weak side. Anyway, I have to make a good program to keep the promise with the viewers”.
At that time, Lee Seung Gi already released his 5th full album. His 5th mini album “Tonight” contains several hit songs, including “Time for Love” and “A Song to Make You Smile”. In particular, the title tracks “Aren’t We Friends” and “Time for Love” with Han Hyo Joo’s narration, gained huge love from the public.
In response to the throwback, netizens on FM Korea commented, “He’s that kind of person. I feel bad that he was called ‘minus singer’ and gaslighted by his own company”, “Why didn’t he speak up if he was that exhausted?”, “He’s so professional. It’s important for entertainers to not show their weak side even when they are not feeling well”, etc.
Earlier on November 21st, HOOK Entertainment’s CEO Kwon Jin Young revealed a statement. He said, “Whether the controversies are true or not, I’m deeply ashamed of myself. I feel so embarrassed and sorry because everything is my fault and it’s all due to my lack of virtue”. He added, “It is our duty to confirm the facts regarding the stories that are currently being reported and highlighted in the media in detail. However, as we mentioned earlier, we are currently in the process of checking the facts and there is room for legal action in the future, so we ask for your understanding once again on the part that we will be refraining from expressing positions.”