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Park Bom claims her innocence over drug controversy

  • Published : Apr 27, 2018 - 16:27
  • Updated : Apr 27, 2018 - 16:27

(Park Bom's Instagram)

Park Bom, formerly a vocalist of now-disbanded K-pop girl group 2NE1, claimed her innocence over her past drug scandal.

“I wouldn’t feel that it’s so unfair to be in this situation, only if I’ve done drugs even once. I’ve really never done drugs. I did get investigated, but free of charge,” said Park during a recent media interview, in which she opened up about the scandal for the first time since it occurred.

Back in 2014, news broke that Park had allegedly tried to smuggle 82 capsules of amphetamines from the US, where she had previously resided, into South Korea through international postal service in 2010. The incident, however, was dismissed without indictment with the singer claiming that she was unaware that the substance was illegal in Korea and that she had taken them for medical purposes when she lived in the US.

(Park Bom's Instagram)

Park has been keeping a low-profile since the scandal, rarely making public appearances and only communicating with fans through social media. But the scandal resurfaced earlier on Tuesday, as PD
Note, a controversial Korean investigative journalism show, aired an episode about the incident.

Park said she also saw the episode with her parents.

“My parents, they seemed to feel numb with the word ‘drugs’ now, as they just sighed. It’s so hard for me to see them like that. When the reports first broke out, they’d asked me, ‘Did you really do drugs?’ but now, they just sigh,” she said.

(Park Bom's Instagram)

The singer also shared that she’s been suffering from ADD, attention deficit disorder, since middle school. Since there’s no exact medication for her disease, which isn’t well-known in Korea, Park had decided to obtain the treatment from the US, where she was initially prescribed with Adderall, medication that includes amphetamines.

“In the States, Adderall is a common medication to treat disorders like mine. The incident happened due to my ignorance during the process of bringing it, but it’s frustrating when people say the medication is 100 percent amphetamines,” she said.

She added that she has been taking medication for ADHD instead, although it wasn’t the right medication for her condition.

Park debuted as a member of 2NE1 in 2009, and received Best Digital Single award at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards with her solo hit “You and I.”


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