Update: Park Bom is Back!!!
So, we know where CL is; she’s doing press and luxurious photo shoots for her upcoming U.S. debut, while her fans push for her to be on Time magazines 100 persons. We know where Minji is; she’s been spotted taking dance classes in Los Angeles and releasing self-composed songs on Instagram. We know where Dara is, as she prepares to make a comeback to acting, and a Kdrama debut, in the web-drama series Dr. Ian. But, where in the world is Park Bom?! It turns out… Japan! And, let me tell you why.
A little history first. Park Bom, who turned 31 on March 24, has all but vanished off the face of the earth, after drug smuggling allegations surfaced last summer. Since then, it has been reported she’s on a self-imposed exile. However, from all indications this exile idea, has to be Papa YG’s imposition and that of whatever prosecutor or powers-that-be’s palm had to be greased.
Whatever strings Papa YG had to pull to prevent Park Bom from being shipped off to Siberia and forgotten at the time of the drug discovery, must have been significant enough that even as Park Bom received birthday wishes from around the world, palpably silent was all of YG Entertainment. It’s as if, Papa YG has sworned to disown anyone who mentions the name “Park Bom.”
Okay, so I’m being a little sensational.
As the case may be, Park Bom’s social media accounts have remained dormant and unused. While those of her group members are as active as ever. Her Twitter and Instagram accounts were both last updated on June 22, 2014.
— Bom Park (@haroobomkum) June 22, 2014
Translation: My #Roommate’s three super pretties~~~/My Blackjack(2NE1’s fan club) sent this lunch box to us!!! We ate the delicious support~~. My fans are the best!!! Wait!! Soohyun unni says she loves you guys. I’m so touched by this support.
For all intents and purposes, Park Bom has either been locked out of her accounts, or Papa YG has sworn to disown her if she so much as purrs on it.
So then where could Park Bom be holed up in. Chances are Park Bom is not in Korea. If she is, she’s under house arrest. Because, that’s the only way she’d have stayed out of the spotlight. But then again, does the YG building have dungeons?! (We all know the old SM building did – and that’s why they refused to move out of that grungy old thing for the longest – too many secrets.)
Could she be in the United States. L.A. maybe? That’s possible. Bom went to school and lived in the United States for a sometime, so she probably still has some connections here. However, if she’s in the United States, we all know she’d be spotted shopping somewhere, especially in LA. She may be back in Boston, but it’s too driery up there. New York? Forgettaboutit! Also, the U.S. would be rather expensive for YG, for such a sustained “exile”.
So that leaves China or Japan. China makes sense, since she can practically disappear in one of their large cities. However, YG may not have enough extensive connections over there to monitor her.
So then Japan it is! And here’s why. All logic and evidence points that way. YG has extensive connections in Japan. Japan is away from home, but close enough that Papa YG can still keep tabs on Park Bom. And, the most damning evidence Park Bom is holed up in Japan, comes from the very last media coverage of Park Bom. On February 10, 2015 Sports Seoul reported that she’s staying in Japan, and has actually appeared on a music program over there. The picture below is the last public picture of Park Bom, taken at the show. This is a rough English translation of the Sport Seoul Article.
So, maybe Papa YG is slowly testing the waters to see if it’s time to bring her back. Anyways, as the case may be, “come back home” Bommie, you’re missed.
Woo Young contributed to this article.