Seungri Reveals The Story Behind His Ramen Business, YGX, And More On “Idol Room”
BIGBANG’s Seungri appeared on the July 24 episode of JTBC’s “Idol Room” as the show’s first ever solo guest.
On the show, Seungri revealed the story about how he came to start his ramen business. “I started promoting in Japan, and I was living alone. But then suddenly, the exchange rate rose like crazy, and the cost of living became too much. So [YG] asked me to come back to Korea. Holding back tears, I went to the ramen shop right by where I was living. I had exactly 600 yen (approximately $6). The store had exactly one ramen, and it was 650 yen. So I asked the owner if I could have the ramen without the pork, and just pay 600 yen. Smiling, he said yes. And as I was eating my ramen, thinking about going home, he quietly just gave me two pieces of marinated pork. That’s when I decided that I was going to bring this food and the emotions it stirred to Korea.”
He said he’s now looking for someone to take over. “I started the business because I wanted to share the emotions I felt, but it’s gotten so big that it’s a lot of pressure now, and the original meaning behind it isn’t quite there anymore.”
The BIGBANG member also revealed the story behind how he became the CEO of YGX. “Many people think that Yang Hyun Suk gave me the position, but I was having trouble [with a business] fostering DJs, and I couldn’t do it alone. I asked Yang Hyun Suk for help, and he took us in. I feel like he put a lot of faith in me, so I’m happy.”
On his new comeback dances, Seungri said, “When I see groups like BTS and Wanna One, their dances go so hard, and I thought, there’s no way I can top that. So I asked for all of my dances to be funny.”
Check out Seungri dancing to his new song “Where R U From” and his nano dance challenge for “1, 2, 3” below:
“Idol Room” also brought on members from Seungri’s YGX label to go head-to-head with Seungri in jiu-jitsu, the prize being free use of Seungri’s personal credit card. All the YGX artists have to do is to get into a mount position to win. When the first artist didn’t even get close to winning, Seungri said, “I’ll only use my right hand.”