B.I announces departure from iKON after drug purchase scandal

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Kim Hanbin, a.k.a B.I, leaves iKon after his alleged drug purchase.

B.I, also known as Kim Han-bin, announced his departure from the Kpop group iKON following the reports saying he attempted to purchase illegal drugs.

The Kpop star took to Instagram his apology towards the fans and his members for taking such inappropriate action.

“This is Kim Han Bin. First, I would like to sincerely apologize for stirring up trouble due to my tremendously inappropriate actions,” B.I wrote.

“It is true that I wanted to rely on something that I shouldn’t have had any interest in due to going through a hard and painful time. However, I was too scared and fearful to do it,” he added.

“Even so, I am so ashamed and apologetic to fans who were greatly disappointed and hurt because of my wrong words and actions.”

“I intend to humbly self-reflect on my mistake and leave the team. Once again, I bow my head down and sincerely apologize to fans and the members. I apologize,” B.I said.

In addition, his agency, YG Entertainment, confirmed that B.I will leave the group. YG Entertainment said in a report released by Soompi, that the 22-year old star feels burdened because of the impact of this event.

“Taking the matter seriously, he has decided to leave the team and terminate his exclusive contract,” said the agency.

Dispatch, a Korean media outlet, reported on Wednesday regarding the Kpop idol’s attempt to purchase marijuana and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) last 2016. The report also states that the police have not yet investigated B.I’s case.

Meanwhile, here are some reactions from his fans:


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