TOP Announces Personal Departure from BIGBANG.
Seoul – In a surprising revelation, TOP, formerly a member of the renowned K-pop group BIGBANG, has declared his voluntary withdrawal from the group.
On the 31st of May, TOP took to his Instagram account to address his departure.
Responding to a fan’s inquiry about his status within BIGBANG, TOP clarified in the comments, stating, “I have already mentioned that I am leaving BIGBANG.”
He further expressed, “I am embarking on a new chapter in my life.“
In a notable gesture, TOP shared a screenshot on his Instagram story, featuring an article with the descriptor ‘BIGBANG‘ preceding his name.
Notably, he placed an ‘X’ mark over the words ‘BIGBANG,’ symbolically denying any association. Additionally, TOP removed the ‘BIGBANG‘ reference from a post where Swings mentioned him.
TOP originally debuted as part of the five-member group BIGBANG in 2006 under the management of YG Entertainment, alongside G-Dragon, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri.
However, in 2017, TOP encountered legal trouble due to involvement in a marijuana case while fulfilling his duties as a conscripted police officer.
Consequently, he received a suspended sentence of 10 months in prison.
Following the incident, TOP continued to participate in BIGBANG‘s digital single, ‘Still Life,’ until April of the previous year.
It should be noted that his exclusive contract with YG Entertainment had already expired at that time.
Meanwhile, TOP has hinted at an upcoming solo comeback by sharing a video on his Instagram, presumably captured in his studio space, and mentioning his ongoing work on his forthcoming album.
Fans and industry insiders eagerly await further developments regarding TOP‘s solo career and the future direction of BIGBANG without their former member.