K-pop superstar Rain has made an official comeback with his sixth album "Rain Effect" after he was out of limelight for about two years for his compulsory military service.
Since his debut in 2002, Rain has broken several records for Korean pop stars and even performed at Madison Square Garden in New York, but he has also been embroiled in a number of scandals, most prominently by abusing his privileges during military service to go on dates with his girlfriend, the actress Kim Tae-hee.
With his popularity plummeting, Rain needed to think carefully how to stage his comeback when he was discharged in July last year.
He hopes to repair his image by presenting himself as an ordinary Joe, effectively starting his post-military career with a reality show on cable channel Mnet, which went out on Dec. 19. Once presented in publicity materials as a relentless macho performing machine, the star is now seen picking up after his dog.
"I feel that the media circus surrounding me was unfair and my heart is worn to tatters, but this is the time for a new start," he told reporters. Asked about his relationship with his girlfriend, he said, "We are both too busy, so we look after each other over the phone."