Korean solo artist Roy Kim has left Korea to continue his studies in the United States.
The 20-year-old singer wrapped up his activities for his first studio album “Love Love Love” and flew to the U.S. yesterday to pursue his studies at Georgetown University, an official with his promotion company Fortune Entertainment told TenAsia on Monday.
Kim was suppose to enter Georgetown last September, but took a year off to be on cable channel Mnet’s auditioning program “Superstar K 4” and after grabbing the winning crown on the program, he released digital album “BOM BOM BOM” and a studio album.
Though Kim asked the university for a further leave of absence, his request was turned down so he had to be in school for the semester starting September, the official explained.
Kim himself left a message on his Twitter account saying, “I’m always thankful. I will be back after learning a lot. May peace, love and happiness be with you all forever.”
Before his departure, the artist kept his promise of donating his prize money from “Superstar K 4.” Kim had won five hundred million won (over 450,000 U.S dollar) of which he donated three hundred million won, excluding the money he spent on producing his albums.
The donation was made to 20 charities including Good Neighbors, the Yu Jae Ha Music Scholarship Foundation, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Kim, one of the most beloved rookies this year, nabbed the top spot on various Korean music programs but was also embroiled in controversy on accusations of plagiarism for several songs.
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Info Source : Tenasia