Some K-pop fans here remain loyal despite scandals

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

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'. Subscribe