Jung Il-hoon’s marijuana scandal: Why did K-Pop rapper quit BTOB? Fans say they ‘understand …

Jung Il-hoon, popularly known as Ilhoon, just quit the South Korean boy band BTOB after reportedly being caught for marijuana use. On December 31, 2020, his agency released a statement and clarified the entire scandal. Along with Ilhoon, the other members of the band are Seo Eun-kwang, Lee Min-hyuk, Lee Chang-sub, Im Hyun-sik, Peniel Shin and Yook Sung-jae.

One of the main rappers during his stint at BTOB, he debuted in 2012 and is known for his collaborations with Hyuna and G.NA. Did you know he was the assistant MC on the variety show ‘Weekly Idol’? Interestingly, he made his acting debut with ‘Webtoon Hero: Tundra Show’ in 2015 and is known for his gestures on ‘Gwiyomi Player’.

Reportedly, he was investigated by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency for purchasing and using marijuana over the past four to five years. In July, his case was handed over to prosecution and he was charged with violating the Narcotics Control Act.

Jung Il-Hoon of South Korean boy band BTOB (Getty Images)

What did Cube Entertainment say?

The statement reads: “Hello. This is Cube Entertainment. First of all, we bow our heads in apology for causing concern due to an issue involving our agency’s artist Jung Ilhoon. Jung Ilhoon feels strong responsibility for breaking the trust of fans and causing disappointment, and he is deeply reflecting. Respecting his opinion to no longer cause harm to the group, it was decided that he will withdraw from the group as of today.”

“We feel a strong responsibility for this recent incident, and we will do our duty in order for him to diligently participate in the upcoming investigation. BTOB will now continue activities with six members, and we will provide our best efforts and unchanging support for BTOB to showcase more mature music and performances. We once again apologize to the fans who support and cherish BTOB.”

Jung Il-Hoon of South Korean boy band BTOB (Getty Images)

What are fans saying?

Many fans went on to defend the artist. “I honestly understand why some idols has used/uses it. While it’s definitely not good, It does help with stress and anxiety for most people. Same with normal cigarettes,” one said and another posted, “Please why 7 years curse is real. They almost celebrate their 10 years anniversary as ot7. It’s hurt so much. They renew their contract but this happen and the curse still appear.”

A third wrote: “His hair tested positive for drugs the police investigation stated it, unfortunately even if the investigation is still ongoing it’s already been confirmed and him stepping down and saying he’s reflecting is basically him admitting it.”

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