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Despite this, B.I shocked iKON fans – known as iKONICs – by announcing on Instagram that he was leaving the group, to “fully look back and reflect on my actions”. In the letter, he also stated he was “too scared and fearful to try so I did not go through with it”. Korean entertainment shows have since enforced a blackout on his upcoming appearances, stating that they’d edit him out of any episodes.
For anyone unfamiliar with K-pop and Korean culture, B.I’s departure in light of his statement that he merely thought about buying drugs appears drastic. To understand the situation, and B.I’s individual case, requires a look at South Korea’s strict drug laws, public opinion around substances, and K-pop’s history with drug scandals.