In March 14th, Billboard shared an Interview with Park Bom, where she talks about her Past Controversy, Mental Health, D-NATION and Insomnia.
Billboard reports that Park Bom doesn't like looking back at her past controversy but that she remembers it very clearly. Billboard stated, "Bom says she was recording a cover of BIGBANG member Taeyang's hit single "Eyes, Nose, Lips," like a slew of other YG artists were as part of a marketing campaign. When the news hit, she and 2NE1's longtime producer Teddy were confused, but felt it was typical tabloid fodder and another jab by an invasive media scene."
Billboard also added, "Before all the news happened, I didn't think about it," she says hesitantly but calmly, a crack in her voice only coming when she talks about the media comments about her looks. "Before, whatever was on the news, it was just things that weren't that bad -- things about my appearances -- I thought, 'OK, they're doing it again.' I thought it was just about me being famous and I thought, 'I didn't do anything wrong.' You know what I'm saying? But it became bigger and I was really sad. I had a hard time...but I shouldn't feel guilty about it because I didn't do anything. But here [in Korea], if they say no, they say no."
Park Bom had used prescribed Adderall, an amphetamine, that had roughly 16 million prescriptions written for adults between ages 20 and 39 in the U.S. in 2012, per health-care data company QuintilesIMS, to treat her ADHD which she has been diagnosed with since being a Teenager. But in 2014, Adderall was not and still is not legal in South Korea, a country where conversations about mental health are evolving but still in its infant stages. It's also to take note that Park Bom pretty much grew up in the US.
Bom also opened up about Mental Health as a whole in South Korea, "It's the culture," Bom says. "Something like 'going to the mental hospital' is a big thing, they'd think I'm in a straightjacket or something. It's not commonly spoken about yet. Everybody has difficulties and we need to have those conversations about mental health, don't you think so? It should be common and I think it's getting better and becoming more normalized...everybody that I knew was laughing [at the controversy]. My American friends were laughing, they think it's stupid. It's a shame.", Billboard reported.
Furthermore, Park Bom opened up about her agency "D-NATION", which employees she also calls 'family' and 'friends'. "They're really helpful, like a real family," she says to her team, who occasionally help her find the English words she's looking to say but don't offer advice on what topics she should or should not talk about -- which can be rare in the formal K-pop industry. "I feel like I'm taken care of nicely because the music is great. We're working on concepts, songwriting. I have great writers and managers and, of course, great Bom."
Bom also opened about her Insomnia and how D-NATION deals with it, basically making sure that she always has someone with her, especially at night. "[…] having at least one member of the team with her at all times (as of fall 2018 Bom said someone was with her "24/7" citing, "My sleeping patterns have been really tough, but they were really helpful, they're with me 24 hours, in rotations...I can see they're having a hard time, but they're very helpful")."
The interview ended with Bom reportedly stating, "My singing is getting better, I can say my voice is stronger than before" she reflects. "First of all, I am OK. I'm getting better and that's because I have a new family. Because of my incident, I grew up and I feel even more thankful. I appreciate all the things that fans are doing, what they write on Instagram. Every day, I sit down and I read through it and read the comments. I'm really thankful and think about how I can get back to them -- whether it's music or whatever I can do."
If you want to read the whole interview, you can do so HERE.