Without idol baggage, GOT7 member Jackson Wang (王嘉爾) has always been open about his alcoholism. Recently, a video of Jackson drinking Baijiu (Chinese White Liquor) while partying at a Shanghai pub went viral on the internet.
In the video, 29-year-old Jackson is dressed in a black singlet with shades while swirling a bottle of Baijiu and happily drinking from it. When he discovered that the bottle could not produce any more contents, he started shaking it wildly with knitted brows, clearly not having had enough.
Arousing a slew of responses, some netizens questioned if the Baijiu bottle contained mineral water instead, given how furiously Jackson was drinking, while others commented that as public figures, artistes should not portray a unhealthy images of themselves as alcoholics. In his defence, Jackson’s fans naturally commended their idol for being genuine.
Jackson had previously expressed that he suffered a nervous breakdown, and had to depend on alcohol daily for a duration spanning a year and a half. He had also been spotted by fans drinking Maotai (Chinese liquor) at the beach with his good friend and actor, Ryan Cheng (鄭愷). The artiste had also revealed that he needed alcohol before hitting the sack, and would always bring along a bottle of whiskey while performing onstage.