So, What’s Going On With Park Yoo-chun Now?
Park Yoo-chun was once a member of the famous South Korean boy band under SM Entertainment, TVXQ, and later formed boy group JYJ along with Junsu and Jaejoong after separating from his former agency. He used to be known as Micky Yoochun before later being known by the mononym Yoochun and pursuing a solo career and going the acting path. His face used to be on various hit dramas such as Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010), Miss Ripley (2011), Rooftop Prince (2012), Missing You (2012), Three Days (2014), and The Girl Who Sees Smells (2015).
Sadly, his then-bright career came to an end when he was involved in a sexual assault case in June 2016, leaving his fans around the world disappointed and heartbroken by his fault. After a seemingly long hiatus, he then got himself involved in another scandal involving drug use three years later in 2019, adding another heartbreak to his supporters. So what’s going on with his career now? Find out the details by scrolling down this article below!
Summary of Park Yoo-chun’s Drug Case
The news of Park Yoo-chun’s drug possession first came into light in April 2019, when a series of connections involving his fiancée Hwang Ha-na and the Burning Sun scandal floated to the surface. After a Burning Sun employee mentioned Hwng Ha-na’s name while undergoing his own arrest for drug use, Hwang Ha-na herself was arrested regarding the charge for drug use and possession. So, Park Yoo-chun’s name was also dragged into the case as Hwang Ha-na confessed that she used illegal drugs on a celebrity friend’s suggestion.
He first denied his involvement and coercing drug use allegation at a press conference on April 10th, 2019, saying that he wasn’t aware of his fiancée’s history of drugs because he thought she was taking sleeping pills for depression. He even made a firm statement on how he had nothing to do with those pills and had never used drugs let alone suggest it, sharing this line: “I criticize myself every day as I endure pain and work hard to be able to act again and have activities.” Though he later changed his statement and admitted his involvement after being questioned and arrested by the police.
The police found Yoo-chun positive of methamphetamine, after doing a drug test on a sample of his hair and then issued an arrest warrant on April 24th, 2019. He was then arrested on April 26th, 2019, for the suspicion of purchasing 1.5 grams of Philopon with his former fiancée Hwang Ha-na on three occasions between February and March of 2019, injecting the drugs five times in total. He was also suspected of attempting to destroy evidence by dyeing and shaving the hair from his body before undergoing the drug test.
During the questioning on April 29th, 2019, the Narcotics Unit of the Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency stated that the singer has admitted to most of the charges regarding his illegal drug use. He was revealed to give these statements: “I was scared of giving up on myself,” and added, “I think I have to admit what I have to and apologize for what I have to.”
A new report from May 3rd, 2019, stated that Yoochun confessed that he had been injecting Philopon since the summer of 2018. He testified that he had used the drugs seven times, but six of those instances were with his then-fiancée. He reportedly injected the drugs by himself out of his own curiosity at his home in Samseong neighborhood, Seoul, and then later received the drugs from Hwang Ha Na in the summer of 2019.
He was then indicted with detention for the violation of the Narcotics Control Act by the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office on May 17th, 2019, followed by the prosecution’s request for one year and six months prison sentence and a fine of 1.4 million won on June 14th, 2019. Yoo-chun received his final sentences of two years probation with ten months in prison if he violates probation, and a fine of 1.4 million won on July 2nd, 2019.
He has since announced his retirement from the entertainment industry on April 23rd, 2019.
Park Yoo-chun’s New Social Media Accounts
Despite his announcement of retiring from the industry, Park Yoo-chun strangely launched new social media accounts on March 10th, 2010. Yoo-chun opened new Twitter and Instagram accounts at the same time. The first post was a picture of Yoo-chun with a caption that read, “Park Yoochun’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts have been opened. Yoochun’s various news and new looks will be shared through his official social media, so please show a lot of love and interest.”
— Parkyuchun 박유천 (@PYC_official_) March 10, 2020
Responding to this, Park Yoo-chun’s representative stated that he still does not plan to make a comeback to the entertainment industry.
On March 11th, 2020, Park Yoo-chun’s close associate commented on the matter to the news outlet OSEN, “It’s not true that Park Yoochun is returning to the entertainment industry. He currently has no plans for that.”
They continued by saying, “He’s not even thinking about returning right away. He’s still self-reflecting. For his social media accounts too, all he did was make them. There are reports wondering if he’s making a return, but I hope people won’t misunderstand.”
Yoo-chun is bitten by bit back into the spotlight as he appeared in his brother Park Yoo Hwan’s Twitch live stream on March 9th, 2020, with the background music of Yoo-chun’s song while the siblings talked. His appearance then was clarified by a source, “He appeared in it because it was Park Yoo Hwan’s birthday. He didn’t appear with any particular intention.”
People have been wondering whether Park Yoo-chun is going to come back in the industry as he posted a series of photos on Instagram on March 11th, 2020. The photos indicated that he’s in the middle of filming something, with the caption that reads, “Filming now.”