[Star diary] Taeyang③”During the trainee days, a summer that was unusually bright”

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12-year-old Taeyang (23·real name Dong Young Bae) became a trainee in YG entertainment. Looking back, those trainee days were such a happy time for him. “I think anybody, anything will be sad during their trainee days because we couldn’t do anything then.”

He had a dream about being a singer because he liked music so much. That’s why he could swallow his anxiety. “We train with constant anxiety all the time.  Because we train endlessly without any promises or time period of when we’re going to debut”

But there isn’t a time that is more funny and happier than those times. He was full of excitement, day by day, in the hopes that he would do everything.

“Recently, I talked to Jiyoung (G-dragon) on how happy our trainee days used to be. We didn’t have many things (we had), at that time. Sometimes, our president would give us ten’s of thousands of wons, which seemed like big money to us. We would be concerned with not only ‘how can we have fun’ with them but also how to use frugally – whatever we did was interesting”

When he got pocket money, he usually went shopping to Dongdaemun with G-dragon. They searched for inexpensive and nice clothes like usual teenagers. “Even when we got only a hundred thousand won, we could dress up from head to toe. (laugh) We stood on stage with our seniors after dressing up.

G-dragon and Taeyang were busier than anyone in those days. Wearing many different hats in their seniors’ performances, they built up their experience. “Jiyoung and I were the busiest. When our seniors like Big Mama, Lexy and Wheesung were doing activities, we were busier than them.”

Seven especially took care of G-dragon and Taeyang in the trainee days.
“Seven-hyung goes wakeboarding every summer, since then he has brought us along and we’ve hung out together. I remember the summer unusually bright, when we wakeboard and hang out. It couldn’t be a happier time for me that those times.”

Original article here
Translations by Myokoon
Please credit myokoon@alwaystaeyang when posting elsewhere!

17 thoughts on “[Star diary] Taeyang③”During the trainee days, a summer that was unusually bright””

  1. Yay for Se7en hyung! I’m so glad that YB trained in a company like YG, with an AMAZING support system from the whole entire company because it allowed him to turn into an extraordinary singer.

  2. Once again. thank you for translating part 3 XD
    YG Ent is just the best company to belong to; I mean who else gives their artists pocket money lol. YG is like a dad to his artists and YG Ent keep this home like environment for their artists. Thats why we have a lot of good artists that come out of YG who are successful such as the likes of YB, Big Bang etc. There is nothing but love in this music family. So sweet and brother like of se7en looking out for YB & GD during their trainee years XD Another great GDYB moment spending all money on clothes lol

  3. This is why I love YG family. President giving the trainees pocket money and the hyungs taking the trainees out for the summer.

  4. YGE sounds like the best summer camp in the world. Being a trainee is not an easy process by any means (remembering YG’s harsh words to YB during the documentary) but once an artist debuts all the hard work to get there seems worth it when they end up doing what they love. Big Bang wouldn’t be the same group without YB. He brings a passion and a determination to each and every performance that is felt every time he takes to the stage. He’s an incredible performer.

  5. thank you so much for the translations! yay,im sure it was a happy time for BaeBae,altough i would think they were less busy than the are now,it was the complete opossite,since they were working hard to become great performers! It’s not surprising of oppa anyway! ^^ and se7en hyung has always been a current subject when the guys speak about role models and who they looked up to ♥

  6. Thank you so much for the translations Myokoon you’re the best! ❤

    YGE is a great company to be in, you can tell from their videos and show appearances that there's a lot of love between all of them.

    And which CEO gives their trainees pocket money!? Aigoo~ YG is like a father to GD and YB during their trainee days… and still is I suppose. 😉

    It was so nice of Se7en to take GDYB wakeboarding!

    It really sounded like YB had a great time during his training days =) Even if the practices and criticisms were so harsh, he still found happiness! ❤

    But YB, you've still got happy memories now too!!!

    I would say BB wouldn't be the same without YB, but to me… every one of BB makes BB the way they are today, all five adorkable guys create the wonderful group =)

  7. They’re like the happiest there is. But still they are. He should not be ashamed of the clothes though. Most people do that. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ~ Like I do, till now. ㅋㅋㅋ~ I love how YGEnt. is a big family. It is just the best thing

    read this last night, but forgot to comment. lol. so here ^^v

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