Lee Seung Gi Reveals How He Wanted To Quit Being A Singer After His Debut

Lee Seung Gi shared his struggles and talked about how he wanted to quit after his debut to the “Produce 48” trainees.

On the July 13 episode, Lee Seung Gi held a special speaking session with the contestants. He talked about debuting at the age of 19 (Korean reckoning), and began by singing his debut song, “Because You’re My Girl.” He shared, “I received a lot of love as soon as I debuted.”

The singer continued, “I had a very successful debut and it was a period when I had the most potential, but I told the president of my agency, ‘I want to quit being a celebrity.’ People say expressions like, ‘He who is to be king must bear the weight of the crown.’ I think that this crown is made up of the public’s expectations. At the time, even the smallest crown that was placed on my head by the people who loved me was too heavy, and I wanted to run away. So I packed my things from the dormitory and went home.”

Lee Seung Gi then explained that he had tried to look for other work, but eventually returned to music, expressing, “I was the happiest when I was singing.” The contestants began to shed tears as they empathized with their mentor about how singing as a career can be difficult, but it is also the thing that makes them the happiest.

During the broadcast, “Produce 48” also revealed the current Top 58 contestants and held its first round of eliminations. The show airs every Friday at 11 p.m. KST.

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