Internet phenomenon Psy just lost a bit of his credibility when, earlier this month, something from his past came to light. Before reaching international fame, the South Korean was considered a bad boy in his native country, and has had a career as early as the 90s. A decade ago, the Gangnam Stylesinger had a performance in his country, hoisting a toy model of a U.S. tank and smashing it on stage, on the soundtrack of anti-American chants. Psy has had other protests against the States, including the time when two South Korean girls were victims of an American military vehicle and again in 2004, when al-Qaeda kidnapped a Korean missionary in Iraq and later beheaded. Although his intentions were noble, the press – and especially the American press – didn’t take this lightly, so Psy felt the need to apologize publicly. “While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words.” Pictured here in his signature style  – sequin bow tie, white shirt, elegant blazer and black sunglasses – the South Korean is unlikely to actually lose his fans.

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