“I’ve only done this for 12 years, only for Korea, not for overseas at all,” Psy told the New York Times in October 2012. “I didn’t expect anything like this. So what can I say? Everything moves way too fast.” But the conclusion of the interview was a little concerning. “What do you do when you’re not performing?” the newspaper asked. “I’m drinking. It’s my biggest hobby,” Psy replied.
The “Gangnam Style” madness just kept on coming. Before 2012 was over, Psy had picked up multiple awards, been appointed as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and been recognised as an “international sensation” by the United Nations, no less. Celebrities were practically queuing up to meet with him. But in a speech made in England, Psy admitted he was living in “a dream and a nightmare.”