The Dark Side of Kpop
[TRIGGER WARNING: Self Harm]
Idols need to be perfect, which is not humanly possible. The stress of trying to be something that is simply unachievable has caused some idols to turn to self-destructive tendencies.
This card is a reminder that everyone, even the most perfect person you can think of, is struggling. We're all in this together. Seo In Guk - Bulimia
Seo In Guk originally auditioned for JYP and stunned them with his voice. The casting team loved him, but told him if he wanted to be a trainee he needed to drop a few pounds. He spent the next year throwing up everything he ate - he was bulimic in order to become a singer.
He returned as a skinnier singer to the next round of auditions, but the casting crew said that his voice had changed due to his constant throwing up - and rejected him again.
He finally caught a break after Superstar-K, but is still nervous about his body. Nicole - Stress Medication
For her solo comeback, Nicole has come forward to say that the only way she could get through it was to rely heavily on stress medication.
Nicole stated, “While preparing for my solo debut, the fear of being judged on my talents and skills really overpowered me. The burden was just too much. I became so sensitive to the point that if someone had just slightly poked at me regarding the issue, I would burst into tears.” P.O - Schizophrenia
After the controversy with Block B in Thailand, the hateful comments by netizens sent P.O to the hospital due to shock and stress-induced schizophrenia.
"According to the psychiatrist, he [P.O.] has been diagnosed with psychiatric disorder schizophrenia. We believe the excessive negative comments are the cause. We’re hoping more speculative criticism does not happen. We were also trying to hide P.O’s hospitalization but the fans found out too fast. Yes, the kids were ignorant and careless but this is too harsh. They are all mentally unstable…" TOP - Rapid Weight Loss
G-Dragon introduced T.O.P (who was a huge underground rapper) to YG waaaay before Big Bang existed. Trouble was, YG wouldn't take the overweight teenage TOP as a trainee until he lost some weight.
In order to become a trainee, T.O.P ate little to nothing everyday and ran on a treadmill wrapped in plastic bags to sweat out as much weight as possible. He lost 20kg (about 40lbs) in 40 days. IU - Bulimia, Binge Eating, and Starvation
Before her debut, IU was ridiculed for being chubby and that stressed cause her to eat only an apple a day, or to throw up all of her meals.
"I always had that feeling of anxiety that led me to think there was something lacking in me. At that time, I ate until I threw up and I even sought treatment." Tao (and many others) - Performing While Injured The amount of Korean idols that have to perform on injuries (broken or sprained ankles) or have to sing through illnesses is extremely high. They're overworked and are too hard on their bodies. Don't even get me started on the INSANE diets that these idols put themselves through. That's a whole 'nother card about self destruction.
So just remember, even if you think these people are perfect, they're just as insecure and troubled as you feel sometimes - we're all fighting our own battles.