Singer Choi Seong-bong finally admitted that he lied about having cancer.
On the October 29, Internet media Xports News released an apology letter from Choi Seong-bong.
In the apology, Choi Seong-bong said, “I sincerely apologize for causing a social stir and great disappointment over the controversy over ‘faking my cancer.’ I am not currently suffering from cancer and I admit that I am not suffering from colon, prostate, thyroid, lungs, brain, and heart cancer other than the recurrent depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder.”
He continued, “I want to give my deep sincere apology to everyone who has supported me since ‘Korea’s Got Talent’ in 2011, and giving me the title of ‘Icon of Hope.’ I want to deeply atone to those who have been hurt by my ‘fake cancer’ and want to bow my head in apology to the family members of numerous cancer patients who are still suffering.”
Choi Sung Bong continued to apologize, “I sincerely thank everyone and apologize to those who have been comforting me and embracing me like family for ten years. I hope everyone can believe that my sincere heart to want to sing was true every moment. Now, I will put down everything and will not dream of wanting to sing again. I will self-reflect not as singer Choi Sung Bong but as a humble person.”
He continued, “Currently, I am working at a small restaurant in the countryside so that I can repay all the sponsorship money that I collected. It might take a while but I will work all my life to repay back that sponsorship money that everyone gave and I will self-reflect on my wrongdoings of deceiving everyone.”
Choi Seong-bong made his debut as a singer by winning runner-up in the cable channel tvN audition program ‘Korea Got Talent Season 1’ in 2011. At that time, he gained much attention as he rose to success despite a difficult childhood.
Then in January of this year, he stated that he was suffering from cancer and was concentrating on receiving treatment. After the news of his cancer, he started fundraising to raise money for his last album and support for his singing career.
However, recently, a YouTuber who used to be an entertainment reporter raised suspicions that Choi Seong-bong’s cancer was faked and raised suspicions that his diagnosis report was fabricated. In the process, Choi Seong-bong made a live broadcast suggesting an extreme choice, causing a commotion with the police and 119 paramedics.