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Why do fans still support Seungri?

The reason is likely the way K-pop stars are marketed as virginal singing and dancing machines, almost like angels, making it hard for fans to accept that they could be flawed

BigBang is one of South Korea's biggest boybands and its youngest member Seungri has been hogging the headlines in recent months - but for all the wrong reasons.

His announcement that he was quitting show business on Monday came on the heels of a string of allegations from pimping to drug use at his club.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2019, with the headline 'Why do fans still support Seungri?'. Print Edition | Subscribe