YG CEO Talks About the Accident and Schedule Changes
Right now the situation with Daesung is sketchy at the least and things seem to be up in the air, but every Big Bang fan club is reaching out with messages of support. If you need to catch up on the information about the accident click here and here.
This has further reaching complications as YG have now requested that Daesung be removed from the next episode of “Night after Night” where he appeared with fellow Big Bang member Seungri.
PD Choi Young In said to Star News,
“We have finalized our decision to edit him out of the episode scheduled to broadcast on the 6th. Because of the situation he’s in, YG Entertainment officials have made the request. Daesung will also not be attending the recording scheduled for the 3rd. We will not be bringing anyone in to take his place, and the recording will go on as normal.”
It seems like YG Entertainment wants to try and keep Daesung away from the public eye until the situation is fully sorted out. This is a shame, especially as many fans were anticipating the teased “Night After Night” appearance. It seems that the best thing for Daesung right now is to let the investigation run its course while YG take measures to protect his mental state as well as his public image. The first is much more important, especially as people say of Daesung that he is someone who blames himself a lot. Even super Kpop star Lee Hyori wrote on her twitter that Daesung was that sort of person and it made her sad.
But, there is a little light at the end of the tunnel right now, and that comes in the form of Yang Hyun Suk and the YG family. “Family” is a word that is not used lightly but in this case it is an appropriate term. CEO Yang Hyun Suk has enveloped Daesung with a blanket of love and support. As you will see from the following message that he wrote on YG Life, managers were with Daesung within twenty minutes of the accident and right now YG are putting their full efforts into helping him. This support is of such a high level that they are postponing events to focus on him.
This is what he wrote on YG Life:
“2NE1’s new song release, as well as this week’s ‘YG ON AIR’ broadcast has been postponed for a week. We would like to apologize for not being able to alert our fans of this earlier, as it was a decision made under emergency circumstances. We ask our fans for their understanding.
With regards to news of Daesung’s car accident, we would first and foremost like to send our deepest condolences to the deceased and his family members. We pray that he rests in peace.
I know that Daesung is the type to always blame himself for everything that goes wrong, so I was very worried about Daesung’s condition after the accident. Just as I expected, he was holed up in his room, refusing to even talk to his family members.
No matter what I say, I know that it cannot console him, but I visited his dorm in the early morning and told him, ‘Daesung, if I was in your position, it would have been hard for me to avoid it as well.’
I did not say that simply to console him, but because it is truly how I feel. At the time of the accident, the managers received emergency notification and arrived at the scene within 20 minutes. They were able to observe the scene of the accident.
To briefly describe what happened, at 1:30 AM KST on May 31st, it was raining and a victim of another accident was lying on the road. A car ahead of Daesung discovered the victim and quickly swerved off the lane, but Daesung was unable to avoid hitting the taxi that was stopped at the front, resulting in a collision.
Because it was so sudden, Daesung did not know even after the collision that there was a motorcyclist on the scene. Though the taxi driver estimated Daesung’s speed to be at 60km/h, Daesung testified that he was driving at 80km/h. The truth will be discovered through CCTV evaluations and police investigations; yet because the taxi driver has long-time driving experience, and because people don’t accelerate on downhill lanes, in addition to the fact that there was a turn at the end, I feel that the taxi driver’s estimation is closer to the truth.
I know that the pain Daesung is going through is incomparable to the agony that the victim and his family are undergoing, but what I am most worried about is that this will bring about serious psychological trauma that will last months, years, or maybe an entire life-time. What I am most upset about is that Daesung had also been in an accident prior to this in 2009, where he had almost lost his life. That shock still has not worn off, and he has suffered yet another shocking accident.
Maybe well into the future… but this might be the most difficult time for Daesung.
I honestly hope that accurate investigations will be carried out so that the weight Daesung is carrying can be lifted free.
Thank you to all of you who are worrying over Daesung. I would like to once again send my deepest condolences to the victim and his family.”
Right now this is possibly the best thing for Daesung, they need to keep him away from work, they need to support him with love, and it amazes me how much YG truly cares. The fact they are postponing 2NE1’s release and YG On Air shows that he is their number one priority right now. With that support, and the love from his family and his Big Bang family, hopefully things will improve from here.