Interview: Taeyang Reveals Deep Friendships and Plans for 2012


A member of the five boy idol group Big Bang, Taeyang, expressed the deep friendship that he shares with the other members.

In a recent interview, Taeyang said, “The recent events that have occurred and the problems we have run through have actually made us stick closer together.”

Taeyang, who began training at YG Entertainment since he was an elementary school student, mentioned his childhood friend G-Dragon.

“Looking at it from a friend’s perspective, what happened to Ji Yong (G-Dragon’s real name) is sad. But Ji Yong will always be a friend who is closer than family to me. Even if something bigger than what happened happens in the future, I will not let go of his hand. And I know he will do the same for me. We are friends for life.”

A few months back in October, when the shocking news about G-Dragon’s shameful misconduct was revealed, Taeyang wrote on his Twitter, “Even though it seems like I don’t know, I know everything,” and “Even though it looks like I’m being deceived, I’m just closing my eyes.” For the first time since these events, Taeyang personally spoke out.

“Those words actually had nothing to do with Ji Yong. They were my thoughts about the world.” He continued, “I was really saddened to receive such a misunderstanding.”

As for the friendships he shares with the other members T.O.P., Daesung, and Seungri, Taeyang said, “Big Bang is still very much active. It doesn’t even matter what our families say. There’s no need to explain things in depth because now we all understand each other.”

On activities and promotions, he said, “While we were on hiatus the members all got together to work on new songs. Big Bang’s new songs are all made, and now we just need to do the finishing touches on the album.”

“At the beginning of every year we have a single concert called ‘Big Show’, but we’re having the concert towards the beginning of March in 2012. Around that time is when our new album will be released.”

Taeyang ended the interview with a smile as he said, “Big Bang hopes to create good music and participate very actively during 2012. Thank you to all the fans who have believed and stuck with us through it all, we will not disappoint you.”