On March 8, Ryu Shi Won shared several photos from his Japanese fan meeting via Instagram. Among the photos were also selfies of him smoking cigarettes in a room.
Netizens found his indoor smoking problematic. Some even criticized his "aged" look. Comments stated, "Ew", "Wtf grow up", "Act your age man", "He looks like a Chow Chow."
Ryu Shi Won ultimately deleted the post in response to the negative comments.