Dispatch recently reported that Big Bang‘s G-Dragon was receiving preferential treatment in a military hospital while recovering from ankle surgery that was reported on in mid-May.
On June 25, Dispatch published a report saying that the BIGBANG member has been on sick leave from the military since June 19 due to ankle problems and will be discharged from the hospital on June 28. The article reported that he is in a VIP hospital room for colonels, which has air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a TV, contrary to the other soldiers of the same rank who stay in rooms of four, six, or eight. Also according to Dispatch’s report, someone appearing to be a manager visited past the allowed visiting hours.
As with all things regarding celebrities and the military, it quickly blew up into a thing and people waited for YG Entertainment‘s statement. Eventually, they made one and gave explanations for everything mentioned in the report.
“We heard that G-Dragon is currently receiving rehabilitation treatment at the hospital after recently receiving surgery on his ankle. Mostly family and close friends visited, and there were no staff from the agency. Checking with his family, the report is very malicious and not true. There was no special treatment, there is no room for colonels at the hospital, and he was hospitalized following the normal procedure.”
“Since before his enlistment, G-Dragon expressed pain due to a dislocated shoulder and spraining his ankle constantly during the world tour, and his condition worsened further during military training. The examination results showed a serious condition as bone fragments were going around damaging his ligaments and muscles, causing infection. It was an inevitable situation for him to receive surgery to get bone fragments removed, and we are aware that he was recommended a large university hospital rather than the military hospital and received surgery for the removal of the bone fragments and ligament reconstruction. As all knee and ankle surgeries are, rehabilitation treatment must be carried out with surgery. As it is a very important process of treatment, we are aware that he is receiving rehabilitation treatment at the military hospital.”
“G-Dragon’s hospital room is not a VIP room but a small 1-person hospital room for normal soldiers. This was a suitable action taken to prevent commotion and chaos at a hospital with lots of visitors, and we have confirmed that the special treatment mentioned by the news outlet is not true. In addition, we have confirmed that G-Dragon is strictly adhering to the military’s sick leave period and is receiving rehabilitation treatment by giving up his personal vacation time.””
Additionally, a representative for the military also provided explanations.
“There isn’t a luxury suit at the Yangzhou Armed Forces Hospital. G-Dragon was admitted to a one-person room. Colonels use the one-person rooms but even privates who requires special care or stability through isolation are allowed to stay in these rooms. Even low rank soldiers who have severe snoring stay in these rooms. There are air conditioning, TVs, and refrigerators in common hospital rooms too.”
“G-Dragon was assigned to the one-person room because there was a request to protect his private information.”
“We checked with the security and there was no visitor after 5pm.”
Granted, both YGE and the military would have an interest in everything appearing on the up and up, but unless Dispatch has something further, there doesn’t appear to be much to this and the explanations make sense.