Amid current controversies, BIGBANG's Seungri has announced he is retiring from the entertainment industry.
In a statement shared on his Instagram on March 11 he stated:
"At this point, I think it would be best if I retire from the entertainment industry. I decided on retiring from the entertainment industry as the issues that I caused a societal disturbance with are too major. Regarding the issues that are being investigated, I will be investigated diligently and reveal all the suspicions.
Receiving criticism and hate from the public for the past month and a half, and with all the investigative agencies in the country currently investigating me, I am even being cornered as a traitor of the nation. I personally cannot tolerate causing harm to everyone around me in order to save myself.
I sincerely thank all of the fans in and outside of Korea who have given me lots of love for the past 10 years, and I think this is where I stop, even if itâs at least [to protect] the honour of YG and BIGBANG.
Again, I am sorry and apologise once again. I have been thankful to everyone until now."
You can read the original statement below.
According to Korean news, a source at YG revealed that "Seungri's retirement announcement was not a decision made after consulting with YG, but a decision made on his own".
The investigations involving Seungri are ongoing and include him being suspected of allegedly providing sexual escort services to foreign investors, and sharing illegally taken footage and photos.