On 25th September 2012, G-Dragon held “GD Friends Live” through Naver (a music portal), shortly after his long-awaited album was released. “GD Friends Live” is a talk session featuring, well, G-Dragon and his friends. The session was joined by his fellow BIGBANG members, Daesung and Taeyang.
During the talk, the members touched on the topic of Seungri (who was recently embroiled in a sex scandal). Upon the mention of his name, G-Dragon, leader of the internationally renowned K-pop boy group said, “Seungri is doing well. He’s filming in Japan right now. He’s fine.”
The other two members, Daesung and Taeyang, however appeared uncomfortable on the subject of the conversation.
But Taeyang responded anyway by saying, “I’ll just be frank about this. We reprimanded him a lot. He’s reflecting on his actions now. Don’t people make mistakes? I think for us, as his brothers, we need to forgive those mistakes. These are problems that we must carry with us. Once again, we reprimanded Seungri and will make sure that it won’t happen again. I can’t actually say that I love him right at this moment. I think he needs more time to reflect.”
Following which, G-Dragon said, “Neither I nor any of us, are in any position to be reprimanding anyone, but I will work hard if it means that we can show a better image to everyone. I think it’s all up to us as to how well we do. He’s currently self-reflecting, I know because I’ve been through it before. These times aren’t just wasted times, but times that truly help your life. Thinking about it in a different light, you can see it as a good experience as well. If you all view him in a good light, I’m sure that Seungri will be able to show you a better image as an even better man and adult.”
“Seungri, I don’t love you yet as well but I will love you and I miss you”, he concluded.
G-Dragon aka Kwon Ji Yong faced a similar scandal in October last year when he was tested positive for drugs. Korean authorities ran both urine and hair tests on the boy and later on found that traces of marijuana turned up on samples of his hair. He pleaded guilty.
The incident dealt a big blow to not only G-Dragon, but also to BIGBANG as a whole, as well as their talent agency/record label, YG Entertainment. (Source)
Let’s hope that nothing else goes awry before BIGBANG’s first ever appearance as a group in Malaysia as part of their “Alive GALAXY Tour 2012“.