Pop Star Psy Smokes on the Sly

By McCarton Ackerman 04/29/13

The "Gangnam Style" rapper takes extreme measures to keep his habit on the down low.

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His song "Gangnam Style" became the most watched video in YouTube history, but when it comes to smoking, Psy shies away from international attention. The Korean pop star reportedly tried to hide his smoking habit while attending a pre-party for the White House Correspondents' Dinner this past weekend. A large bodyguard attempted to get in the way of any pictures of him lighting up while his handlers told photographers that "Psy doesn't want his picture taken while smoking a cigarette." One handler reportedly told a colleague that, "Scooter [Braun, Psy's manager] told me if this fucks up, I'm done." Washingtonian editor-at-large Carol Joynt also reported that the pop star's sole request for a hotel room was one where he would be allowed to smoke. His attempts to keep his habit under the radar haven't always been a success: Last year, Psy was snapped smoking a cigarette in front of a no-smoking sign after a show in Toronto. He was also arrested in 2001 for possession of marijuana and is notoriously touchy about the subject: When Australian radio station Fox FM tried to bring it up in an interview last October, he walked out and reportedly told producers that he would no longer do press with the network "or any affiliates."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.