'All men watch porn'

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'All men watch porn'
ZE:A's vocalist Kwanghee.

Yes, he watches porn.

And he's not afraid to say it.

ZE:A's vocalist Kwanghee caused a stir online when he recently confessed on a Korean variety show that he watches porn every other day.

While this may have been taken lightly if he were plying his trade in Hollywood, being part of a nine-member K-pop boy band has rendered his offhand remark a shock to some - especially since the K-pop industry is known for its emphasis on its stars' squeaky-clean images.

In an episode of Korean variety show 99 Meeting that aired in Korea last week, Kwanghee, 25, had at first appeared shy in front of the 99 women who came on the show to rate several married men on how they treated their wives.

He was, after all, the show's first celebrity guest.

But it was when a married couple started discussing their love for and attraction towards each other that Kwanghee suddenly spoke up.

The wife had been intent on bragging about how much her husband was into her.

Kwanghee retorted: "Those are lies. This isn't a drama we're talking about."

Undeterred, the wife continued and said: "My husband never watches porn."

Kwanghee hit back quickly with a cynical expression: "That's also a lie. Even I watch it every other day."

Not surprisingly, online backlash followed. Netizens went into a frenzy, tweeting and commenting on Kwanghee's shocking confession.

Wrote legacy: "There's a reason why I never liked him. I just couldn't put my finger on it. But now that I know he's a porn addict... I will never like him!"

Wrote missy13: "That is disgusting. I'll never look at him the same way again."

But, some praised the singer for his candour.

Wrote thatkpopfandom: "I love Kwanghee because of his honesty and I respect him and am proud of him."

Agreed zeai-forever: "He's a boy and that's very normal. He's human, too!"

But several local K-pop fans The New Paper spoke to criticised Kwanghee for being "socially irresponsible" and a "bad influence on the young".

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