Rain, Dok2 among celebrities caught up in parents’ debt scandals, and other K-ent news in a nutshell

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Rain, Dok2 among celebrities caught up in parents’ debt scandals
Rain, Dok2 among celebrities caught up in parents’ debt scandals
01 Dec 2018

Rain, Dok2 among celebrities caught up in parents’ debt scandals

In short: Rapper Microdot’s parents were revealed to have fled to New Zealand after borrowing hundreds of millions in Korean Won. Following the shocking revelation, more have come forward claiming that celebrities such as Rain and Dok2 respective parents have also done so.

In detail: Microdot’s parents were belatedly revealed to have scammed their neighbours of close to S$3 million, fleeing to New Zealand to avoid having to return the money. Although the rapper initially denied the rumours, he later acknowledged and apologised for the scandal.

Soon after, more of these claims, nicknamed the #debttoo movement, started emerging. Rapper Dok2’s parents were also alleged to have borrowed money without repaying it, and came under fire for their insensitive remarks. In particular, Dok2’s words of “I can spend KRW10 million (S$12,000) on food a month. Do you think our lives would have gotten better after borrowing the money and disappearing?” were heavily criticised.

Rain’s parents were also claimed to have borrowed KRW17 million (S$20,000) of rice and KRW8 million (S$10,000) of money while owning a rice-cake shop. Rain has since shared that he will try to find out the truth and come to a settlement, stating that since his mother has passed away, they might need some time for this.

Photos: Dok2/Instagram, Rain/Instagram

Big Hit to debut BTS’ junior group next year
Big Hit to debut BTS’ junior group next year
01 Dec 2018

Big Hit to debut BTS’ junior group next year

In short: All eyes are on the yet-to-be-named group, which will reportedly have five members and an average age of 17.

In detail: The internet has been set abuzz with news that Big Hit Entertainment, home to worldwide sensation BTS, will be debuting their new boy group in early 2019. Said to have a different concept from BTS, the five members reportedly have an average age of 17.

Even before the group’s debut, all eyes are on them as they will likely be compared to their seniors and have higher-than-usual expectations set on them. There was also talk of the members being chosen through a survival programme, but Big Hit has since denied these claims.

Photos: Big Hit Entertainment

HyunA, E’Dawn to make first appearance since departing Cube Entertainment
HyunA, E’Dawn to make first appearance since departing Cube Entertainment
01 Dec 2018

HyunA, E’Dawn to make first appearance since departing Cube Entertainment

In short: The pair’s departure from Cube Entertainment has done nothing to stop their activities as celebrities.

In detail: HyunA and E’Dawn parted ways with Cube Entertainment earlier this year after they went public with their relationship. Despite not having signed to a new label as of press time, the pair are still going about with their activities as celebrities and made their first official appearance as a couple at a Jimmy Choo event earlier this week.

In addition, the couple has kept their fans updated through their respective social media accounts, as they have been uploading frequent posts of themselves out and about, along with dance practice videos.

Photos: HyunA/Instagram, Kim Hyo Jong/Instagram

Zico’s future with Block B under discussion after leaving agency
Zico’s future with Block B under discussion after leaving agency
01 Dec 2018

Zico’s future with Block B under discussion after leaving agency

In short: Zico has decided against renewing his contract with Seven Seasons, while the other six members have all done so.

In detail: Block B’s seven members’ respective contract renewals were reportedly under discussion since earlier this year as their original contracts were due to expire. After much discussion, it was revealed that P.O, Taeil, U-Kwon, Park Kyung, Jaehyo and B-Bomb have since renewed their respective contracts. However, Zico decided against it and has since left their agency, Seven Seasons.

Seven Seasons shared that Zico’s future with Block B has yet to be decided, but that individual and sub-unit activities will now take precedence as some of the members, namely B-Bomb, Jaehyo and Taeil, are expected to enlist for their respective mandatory military service stints soon.

Photos: Seven Seasons, Zico/Instagram

GFriend’s Yuju emerges after one-month hiatus
GFriend’s Yuju emerges after one-month hiatus
01 Dec 2018

GFriend’s Yuju emerges after one-month hiatus

In short: The girl group member was missing from all group activities for a month, but has since returned. However, their agency, Source Music, has yet to confirm the reason for her hiatus.

In detail: Yuju last performed with GFriend at the Big KPOP Concert in Pohang on October 27. After which, she was absent from all group activities, which caused fans to be concerned about her well-being and whereabouts.

Their agency, Source Music, assured that she was safe and that they would reveal the reason for her hiatus soon, but has not done so at press time. Fans were relieved to see her when the group went live on application VLIVE with her fellow GFriend members Sowon and SinB.

Photos: VLIVE, Source Music

Seoul Music Awards gets backlash for 19+ content on their application
Seoul Music Awards gets backlash for 19+ content on their application
01 Dec 2018

Seoul Music Awards gets backlash for 19+ content on their application

In short: Fans are boycotting Seoul Music Awards voting due to inappropriate content.

In detail: A boycott has started against Seoul Music Awards (SMA) voting as fans have discovered multiple problems with the system. Among which, the application requires users to download other applications in order to get more votes.

One of the applications, called kmate, received backlash as it is said to be a sexting application. This has worried many, especially since minors are able to use the voting app as well.

In addition, another method of gathering more votes is to pay for them, which has caused fans to wonder about the legitimacy of the awards show, which claims to be the Korean equivalent of the Grammys.

Photos: Twitter

Jung Il Woo returns from military and confirms comeback drama
Jung Il Woo returns from military and confirms comeback drama
01 Dec 2018

Jung Il Woo returns from military and confirms comeback drama

In short: The actor has finished his military stint and is diving straight back into work with historical drama Haechi.

In detail: After enlisting in the military in December 2016, Jung Il Woo has completed his service and was officially discharged on November 30. As he was previously involved in a car accident that caused extensive injuries, he served as a public service worker and spent most of his service caring for the elderly at a nursing home.

He has since confirmed that he will be diving straight back to work with historical drama Haechi, which also stars Go Ara and Kwon Yul.

Photos: MBC

Park Bo Gum, Song Hye Kyo’s ‘Encounter’ off to a solid start
Park Bo Gum, Song Hye Kyo’s ‘Encounter’ off to a solid start
01 Dec 2018

Park Bo Gum, Song Hye Kyo’s ‘Encounter’ off to a solid start

In short: Encounter is off to a solid start, scoring the eighth highest rating in tvN drama history in its premiere week.

In detail: Despite naysayers nitpicking on the age gap between the leading actors Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Kyo (there is a 12-year age difference), Encounter has proven to successfully capture a strong following in its debut week. The first episode, which had an average of 8.7 percent viewership for its pilot episode, was tvN’s second highest-rated drama premiere. The highest record of 8.9 percent is held by Mr. Sunshine, which starred Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Ri.

The second episode broke through the 10 percent mark, clocking an impressive 10.3 percent, becoming the top-rated drama in its time slot.

Photo: tvN

Cho PD found guilty of fraud while managing Topp Dogg
Cho PD found guilty of fraud while managing Topp Dogg
01 Dec 2018

Cho PD found guilty of fraud while managing Topp Dogg

In short: Cho PD was revealed to have pocketed KRW270 million (SG$330,600) while managing idol group Topp Dogg.

In detail: Cho PD was found guilty of embezzling KRW270 million (S$330,600) from idol group Topp Dogg’s Japanese tour payments. This was revealed when his label, Stardom Entertainment, transferred the assets and artistes to Hunus Entertainment. At the time, the contract stated that Cho PD would work in Hunus for at least five years and would also receive KRW1.2 billion (S$1.47 million) that he previously invested in the artistes.

After being sentenced to three years of probation, during which he will have to serve two years in prison should be violate the conditions of his probation, he took to social media to apologise for his misdeeds.

Photos: Stardom Entertainment

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