Over the past few years, the K-pop industry has experienced a significant surge in the prominence of 4th generation idol groups.
Despite their remarkable achievements and international recognition, it is imperative to confront the mental health difficulties that some of these members face within the industry’s demanding and high-pressure environment.
Idol’s Ongoing Anxiety Struggles
Mingi, a member of ATEEZ, made headlines when he took an eight-month hiatus from the group due to severe anxiety. During this hiatus, he prioritized his mental well-being and sought the necessary support to recover fully.
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Stray Kids Han Jisung
Han Jisung, one of the talented members of Stray Kids, has had to miss various events, including the highly anticipated ISAC and fan meetings, owing to his ongoing struggles with anxiety. His unwavering dedication to addressing his mental health challenges deserves admiration.
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Haseul a beloved member of LOONA, openly shared her diagnosis of recurring anxiety. She courageously sought medical assistance to manage her condition, serving as an inspiration to others within the industry by addressing her mental health concerns with candor.
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Former WANNA ONE Kang Daniel
a former member of the iconic group WANNA ONE, faced the harsh reality of severe depression during the tumultuous period of legal disputes. His experience shed light on the critical need for comprehensive mental health support for idols navigating the industry’s rigors.
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The Boyz Hwall
Hwall made the difficult decision to leave The Boyz, citing both an ankle injury and the toll on his mental health as reasons for his departure. His choice to prioritize his well-being and recovery underscores the profound challenges faced by idols in maintaining their mental health.
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These serve as a stark reminder that mental health challenges can impact individuals in a multitude of ways, often exacerbated by the relentless pressure to meet sky-high expectations, endure relentless scrutiny, and adhere to grueling schedules inherent to the K-pop industry.
As dedicated fans, it is not only our privilege but also our responsibility to support these idols for their exceptional talents and, perhaps even more significantly, for their overall well-being.
Meanwhile, the K-pop industry has taken the world by storm, with idols reaching new heights of fame and amassing incredible fortunes. Their success extends beyond the realm of music, as they’ve ventured into various industries and built multi-million dollar empires.