Following the exclusive drug report by Dispatch, B.I released an official statement; he apologized to fans and announced his departure from iKON.
Following his apology, his agency, YG Entertainment released an official statement to the press confirming that he has indeed left iKON, they also announced that he has terminated his contract with the agency.
Here is their full translated statement:
“Hello, this is YG Entertainment.
We’d like to apologize to everyone who was disappointed with the problem of Kim Han Bin, a YG artist.
Kim Han Bin feels heavy responsibility for the problems he caused by his actions, and we are also taking it seriously. It has been decided that he will withdraw from his team and terminate his contract.
YG is aware that we need to maintain management responsibility for our artists.
Once again, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
What do you think of this?
My Personal Thoughts
Saying that I am shocked and baffled is an underestimate. No matter how I look at it, I can’t figure out why he left YG.
GD, T.O.P and more YG artists were caught doing drugs but they weren’t kicked out. According to Hanbin, he’s thought about it but never did it. Regardless if he did do it or not, I still can’t believe YG did this.
Han Bin was supposed to be the next Gdragon. YG spent so much money and time grooming him and training him, he literally spent 100s of thousands of dollars on him. I don’t understand why he threw him away because of allegations so fast. It’s mind-boggling to say the least. The least YG could do was to wait it out for a while, like he did with others.
I am not into conspiracy theories but there has to be a logical explanation to why the management threw away such a talented man so fast. Literally, a couple of hours after the report, they immediately took action, that doesn’t look or sound right.
Han Bin wrote songs for iKON and BLACKPINK as well. He is very important for his group, what the management just did will hurt the rest of iKON and thats a fact. He was of value and spent so much time inside YG and this is how he got treated in the end. This is why idols don’t trust companies. I personally believe there is more to this than what we know and I also believe a portion of the truth will be revealed one day.
Hanbin did wrong, he shouldn’t have contacted that dealer Mr. A. I do believe he’s at fault but the actions of his agency and the subsequent reaction from variety shows and netizens do not warrant what he did. Unlike other scummy idols, this guy only talked about taking drugs. I take solace in karma. Whoever did wrong will pay for it sooner or later.