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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.
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This honestly make me scared to apply bc I am overweight. I would hate myself if I got rejected bc of my weight
The diets alone always pissed me off. I detest the fact that companies are telling the idols to lose weight to fit a certain concept or just to get into the company. All sizes are beautiful, all people are beautiful in their own unique way and if they cared half as much about their idols as the did their business they'd take the talent for what it was and where it came from no matter what the source looks like. I truly feel for all these idols constantly being judged I've dealt with it too and for them to have thousands of people watching you closely, I could only imagine the stress and pain.
I feel bad especially for top and po and tao too wow
oh those poor lovely people I knew about tops but not the others. oh that is so sad
That's really crazy ..... but you know, they hint at all of the darkness within the system through some of their songs, MV's, and sometimes whole albums... another thing I admire about kpop artists.... I hope these companies are stopped asap.