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Self Destruction: The Hidden World of Idols
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 all have our demons.

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 they 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 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 with Injury

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 is why I CAN'T hate ANY artist because I know the hell they HAVE to go through just to be publicized as an artist. ngl I also find it offensive. The music industry's really need to realize what they are doing is not okay and can cause death especially the starvation diets. I also respect these artists because it seems like they CAN'T respect themselves as human beings, only as a fake. And its sad that THIS is how MOST music industry's are. I hope some artist out there will step up and change this mess.
2 years ago·Reply
Omg, I only knew about TOP but thanks for making us aware of all the others. Hope this kind of pressure lowers in the future in the K-pop industry and that idols take better care of themselves!
2 years ago·Reply
the problem extends to the public... I've pointed out some beautiful women to some of my Korean guy friends and they ask "you mean the fat one?" I ask "what do you mean fat?" They tell me she must be at least 50kg (about 110lbs).. The girl is almost as tall as me (5'10") and I way about 80kg...she's almost too skinny in my book...even the women think this way unfortunately
2 years ago·Reply
ohmygosh this is so important thank you so much for posting this! I don't know how to make a change, but I think the best thing we can do is tell them how they look fine the way they are on social media :l I feel so stuck sometimes I wanna change how things are :l
2 years ago·Reply
Thanks for this! It makes me appreciate their talents even more. I wish it didn't have to be like that though.
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