Party Animal Or Raging Alcoholic? Psy's Comments To The Sunday Times About His Drinking Make International Headlines
By Jesse Lent | July 29, 2013 03:26 PM EDT
Is Psy really drunk all the time?
That is the question many fans are wondering after K-pop's biggest star made some bombastic boasts about his drinking in this week's edition of British publication the Sunday Times.
"If I'm happy, I'm drinking, if I'm sad, I'm drinking," Psy told reporter Camilla Long.
"If it's raining, I'm drinking, if it's sunny I'm drinking. If it's hot, I'm drinking, if it's cold, I'm drinking."
Although the 35-year-old rapper prefers Korean soju (a popular vodka-like liquor), which he calls his "best friend" and "vice partner," Psy explained that he'll also drink "whisky, vodka, tequila, whatever."
So when isn't he drinking?
"When I'm hung-over," Psy said.
The comments set off a whirlwind of speculation about whether Psy has a drinking problem.
But the star's drinking habits weren't the only bombshell to be revealed in the Sunday Times article.
Psy also admitted that his father used to hit him "all the time."
The star's manager even reportedly asked Long not to include this detail in her article.
"It's very customary," the manager reportedly explained about the pattern of abuse.
The revealing piece also discussed Psy's tranquil family life as a happily married man with twin 5-year-old daughters.
Long, a film critic for the Sunday Times, doesn't appear to be very impressed with Psy, calling him a "frustrated cruise ship singer."
She also writes that "'Gentleman' is the same as 'Gangnam Style,' but even less sophisticated."
"He smokes incessantly, and when he isn't smoking, he is asking anxiously for translation, and when he isn't asking anxiously for translation, he's telling me about his childhood and his abusive father, his 'desperate' need for attention and his time in jail, about the drink, the drugs, and the lies," the article starts.
She went on to mock Psy's English-speaking abilities.
"He makes his way precisely through the interview in English learnt from Twitter," Long writes. "I think he only understands 50 percent of what I'm saying."
Long was the recipient of last year's "Hatchet Job of the Year" award for her review of British-Canadian novelist Rachel Cusk's memoir "Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation," according to the Diplomat.
Psy is currently in Los Angeles working on his next record is slated to be released in in the US in September, with longtime collaborator Yoo Gun Hyung, according to the website Soompi.
"I heard that it will be a song that many people will like," said a representative from Psy's record label YG Entertainment. "Instead of a single, there will be several songs included in the album."
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