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Posted by elliefilet AKP STAFF Thursday, April 26, 2018

Park Bom speaks on past drug controversy in intimate interview

Park Bom
With the renewed interest in Park Bom's past drug controversy, the former 2NE1member sat down with Sports Kyung Hyangfor an interview.

The interview with Park Bom startedon April 26 at 2PM KST, and she expressed, "A mutual acquaintance contacted me, so I watched 'PD Notebook' with my parents. They seem to be immune to the word 'drugs' now as they just sighed. It's so difficult for me to see my parents like that. When the drug reports first came out, they asked, 'Did you actually do drugs?' but they just sigh now. If I had done drugs even once, I would not feel that it's unfair to hear things like that. I've really never done drugs. I did get investigated, but I wasn't charged."

The singer then explained she suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder, which she needed prescription drugs for. She stated, "I have an illness that's personal. I've had to take medication since middle school and high school. It's ADD, which isn't well-known in South Korea. Thomas Edison, the king of inventions, also had the same disorder. The name of the disorder has recently become known, but there's no exact medication for it so I take medication for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). As it's not the right medication, it's difficult to suffer through the disorder."

Park Bom continued explaining how the reports started, saying, "I was labeled a drug smuggler when I brought in Adderall. In the United States, it's a common medication used to treat disorders like the one I have. It's something that happened partially due to my ignorance during the process of bringing it, but it's frustrating when people say the medication is 100% amphetamines. They call it drugs, but it's something I need to take to treat my disorder."

On rumors that she's actually 40 years old in Korean age, Park Bom said, "Ask my friends. I was born in 1984, and I'm 34 years old. Why would it make sense that I'm older than my older sister?"

She concluded:

"It's been 5 years since I gave up on singing. Because I received so muc hate, I didn't even want to be a singer. After the 'PD Notebook' broadcast though, I feel like I have to be a singer. I can't give up what I want to do most and am best at because I'm intimidated by misunderstandings. I'm thank to YGthat's seen me grow, and I want to express gratitude to producer Yang Hyun Suk. People ask if I feel hate towards them, but that's totally not true. I want have a successful return as a singer, so I can buy a big building for my parents who've struggled a lot because of me. I bought these clothes 5 years ago. I haven't even bought any clothes properly for 5 years. Even when I walk on the streets, I was scared someone would say something to me. I don't have a car, so I have to run into people like that. I can't drink alcohol well, but I drink sometimes. My heart hurts, but I'm forcing myself to endure it all. If people would understand my situation, not a lot, but just a little bit, I think I can sing again. Can't you please watch over me now?"

Park Bom also shared a message she planned to write on social media, but decided not to. The message included her explanation for the medication, and she told fans:

"My heart really hurts because I wasn't able to tell you guys anything... You don't know how grateful I am and how much it hurts me that my fans and 2NE1 fans patiently wait for us even though we're promoting individually. I apologize for not having the courage to write earlier because I was just taking my time as I was heartbroken. I also apologize for causing trouble for so many people."

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