Old broadcasts starring Lee Seung Gi were recalled after news broke that the actor had not been paid for a long time.
On November 21, Dispatch reported that Lee Seung Gi has not received any billing 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 from broadcasts from the past were mentioned, which again gained attention in various online communities such as FMKorea.
On Mnet’s “MIC” broadcast in November 2011, Lee Seung Gi confessed the thoughts and worries he had kept secret for a long time.
Lee Seung Gi said: “I often wonder, should I be a celebrity? Should I finish? Does this job suit me? and I just wanted to run away”adding “I couldn’t sing well while preparing for my second album and I was scolded”drawing regrets.
In addition, he once made headlines with his confession while appearing on the KBS entertainment program “2 Days & 1 Night”.
the actor said “Viewers don’t care what I did yesterday or how I’m doing. Even if I didn’t sleep all night, it doesn’t matter to them.”adding “I have to look like I’m feeling good even when I’m at my worst. I’ve always felt that artists like us shouldn’t show their weaknesses. Anyway, I have to make a good show to keep my promise to the viewers.”
At that time, Lee Seung Gi had already released his fifth full-length album. His fifth EP Tonight features several hit singles including “Time for Love” and “A Song to Make You Smile”. In particular, the title tracks “Aren’t We Friends” and “Time for Love” narrated by Han Hyo Joo won huge sympathy from the audience.
In response to the mention, Internet users from FM Korea commented: “He’s such a person. I feel bad that he was called a “singer minus” and fired by his own company.” “Why didn’t he speak up if he was so exhausted?” “He’s so professional. It is important that artists do not show their weaknesses, even if they do not feel well, etc.
Earlier on November 21, HOOK Entertainment CEO Kwon Jin Young issued a statement. He said, “Whether the controversy is real or not, I am deeply ashamed of myself. I feel so embarrassed and sorry because everything is my fault and it’s all because of my lack of virtue“. he added, “It is our duty to confirm in detail the facts of history that are currently reported and publicized in the media. However, as we mentioned earlier, we are currently in the process of fact-finding and there is the possibility of legal action in the future, so once again, we ask for your understanding that we will refrain from expressing positions.”