K-Pop star G-Dragon plans to establish an anti-drug foundation in 2024 after he was cleared of allegations of illegal drug use by South Korean police.
On December 21, G-Dragon’s new agency, Galaxy Corporation, held a press conference to clarify the former Bigbang member’s drug-related case and lay out their plans for the singer to return to stage.
“Kwon Ji Yong (G-Dragon’s real name) planned on personally greeting all the reporters and fans in the new year. However, after the drug-related investigation concluded, there were many confusing reports, and in order to set this straight, we hurriedly decided the day before to hold a press conference, so we ask for your understanding that it was difficult [for Kwon Ji Yong to attend] and adjust his schedule,” said the agency.
Given the K-Pop idol’s absence from the conference, he penned a lengthy letter addressed to the fans and media, stating his desire to set up a foundation to help people who suffer from addiction and his enthusiasm to make a comeback to music.
“I thought a lot about what stories to share and how to greet everyone as we face the new year. As you all know, I experienced a difficult time, but the people around me expressed their concern and gave me lots of encouragement, so I was able to overcome [this hardship] well. Thank you to everyone,” wrote G-dragon.
“As this incident passes, I see a place that I have not seen until now. While watching the news, I learned that each year there are an average of 20,000 illegal drug users and that the number of adolescent drug offenders has increased dramatically. I also learned the painful truth that of these 20,000 people, not even 500 people per year can receive treatment through these treatment facilities,” he reflected.
The K-pop star emphasized the need to eradicate the problems with drugs, and he is taking the initiative to contribute by setting up a foundation that aims to help everyone move forward with their lives.
“That’s why I had the thought that I must take action. For the sake of those exposed and defenseless and for people who do not know they are taking the wrong path, I plan to work actively to eradicate and stamp out drugs. I want to share the opportunity with many people who did not receive the opportunity for treatment,” he said.
“I decided to lay the foundation to take on this activity sincerely and continuously. The foundation will stand by the sides of those who were harmed and pained by our world’s prejudice and unfairness, and we hope to create a society where everyone lives together while being treated equally and fairly respected,” the singer added.
G-dragon concluded his long letter by stating his plans as an artist and as a normal citizen, urging everyone to do the same.
“This is how Kown Ji Yong plans on starting in 2024. I will take on all my responsibilities and make a comeback, and I will take responsibility as an artist and also take on societal responsibilities as well. I hope that everyone will also take on their respective responsibilities in their roles,” he said.
In October, G-dragon was first summoned to a police investigation for the alleged use of illegal drugs.
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