Some K-pop fans here remain loyal despite scandals

BigBang member Seungri (above), singer Jung Joon-young and actor Park Yoo-chun have been implicated in scandals and crimes, ending their careers as pop idols.
BigBang member Seungri (above), singer Jung Joon-young and actor Park Yoo-chun have been implicated in scandals and crimes, ending their careers as pop idols. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
BigBang member Seungri, singer Jung Joon-young (left) and actor Park Yoo-chun (right) have been implicated in scandals and crimes, ending their careers as pop idols.
BigBang member Seungri, singer Jung Joon-young (left) and actor Park Yoo-chun (right) have been implicated in scandals and crimes, ending their careers as pop idols. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, REUTERS

Allegations of bad behaviour have rocked the music industry, but some fans here still support their idols

It has been a year of reckoning in the K-pop music industry.

Allegations of drug-taking, sex crimes, and bribery have rocked a lucrative ecosystem centred around young, attractive idol singers with squeaky-clean public images.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2019, with the headline 'Some K-pop fans here remain loyal despite scandals'. Print Edition | Subscribe