Fresh out of the army, South Korean star Rain makes a brief appearance at a store opening in Singapore one day before his first official fan meeting in Korea
Text & Photos: Joanna Goh
Video: Fiona Lin
Since his discharge from the military in July, Rain has kept both fans and the media in suspense of his comeback plans to showbiz. He’s taking it slow and low-key now after being plagued by a wave of negative press regarding his behavior in the military and the controversial and now-scraped celebrity recruits unit (which he was formerly from).
Although he has yet to make an official statement about his return plans, the Korean singer-actor has made a conscious effort to touch base with his fans: in August he performed at Thailand’s Sonic Bang 2013 music festival and in September, he guest-starred on China’s Super Boy to much fanfare. Closer to home, he made a brief appearance at the first official MCM store opening ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Hotel yesterday evening.
A closed door event which was attended by slightly over 200 guests, it also attracted a handful of 20 local and international fans of Rain who staked out at the hotel’s café, hoping to catch a glimpse or two of the Korean heartthrob. While the small turnout was surprisingly dismal by K-pop standards, the 31-year-old’s loyal fan base is not to be underestimated.
A 49-year-old fan from Thailand who preferred to be known as “superdogspinz” shared with xinmsn that she has been supporting Rain for as long as 10 years. Apart from flying in especially for this event with two friends, she also had a special handmade gift for him – a pair of converse sneakers embellished with studs and spikes which she spent one day making. And while she did not manage to pass him the present just now, the fan told xinmsn that she intends to try her luck again at the airport – when Rain catches his return flight back to Korea.
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