Xie Dong, a former pop singer who was taken into custody last month
for drug use, appeared on China Central Television on Tuesday,
answering for his behavior.
Xie says that since he released his famous piece Smiling
Face in 1994, he has found his career dwindling. It was hard
for him to find another piece that could surpass Smiling
Face - a fact which made him depressed.
Two years ago, when he was watching TV with a group of friends,
he drank a beverage which had been mixed with drugs. And then he
became an addict.
Xie said that his former appeal - that he had been using drugs
to lose weight was "just an excuse".
During the program, Xie Dong vowed to attend an anti-drug rally
on June 26, the day of the International Day against Drug Abuse and
Illicit Drug Trafficking. He hopes he can do his bit for the
anti-drug campaign and to make amends for his misguided
(CRI.cn June 21, 2007)