5 K-Pop Idols with Untold Traumatic Stories Revealed: 2NE1 Park Bom, Super Junior Leetuk, More— ‘It still haunts me’

K-pop idols frequently project an image of glamour and success, yet beneath the surface, many of them have endured harrowing experiences that have profoundly influenced their lives.

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Quora contributors have recounted a multitude of anecdotes concerning K-pop idols who have confronted adversity, mistreatment, and inner battles. Below, we present some of these shared narratives.

A Tragic Accident That Shattered a Dream 

Super Junior Leeteuk 

Leeteuk’s father and grandparents were found dead in a murder-suicide incident while he was serving in the army. This traumatic experience has undoubtedly had a lasting impact on his life.

Super Junior Leeteuk

(Photo : https://www.instagram.com/xxteukxx/?hl=en)

Stellar Soyoung

 Soyoung, , encountered a series of daunting obstacles that tested their resilience. The turbulent journey involved disbandment and departure from their agency, exerting a profound impact on their psychological and emotional state. 

Stellar Soyoung

(Photo : https://www.instagram.com/official_stellar/?hl=en)

Girls’ Generation Sunny

Sunny, a resident of Kuwait, endured the harrowing ordeal of the Gulf War, an experience that left a lasting impact on her well-being.

As a result, she developed phonophobia, a debilitating fear of loud noises. For Sunny, the sound of fireworks in particular serves as a distressing trigger, evoking traumatic memories from her past. 

Girls' Generation Sunny

(Photo : https://www.instagram.com/515sunnyday/)


This boy group revealed the abusive treatment they endured from their producer, who physically and verbally abused them. They bravely spoke out about their traumatic experiences.


(Photo : https://www.instagram.com/theeastlight.official/)

2NE1 Park Bom 

Park Bom, a prominent member of the K-pop group 2NE1, weathered an arduous journey fraught with personal challenges.

Prior to her debut, Bom tragically witnessed the untimely passing of a teammate during a soccer match, an event that plunged her into a deep state of depression. 

2ne1 Park Bom

(Photo : https://www.instagram.com/newharoobompark/)

To aid her recovery, she sought intensive counseling to navigate the emotional aftermath. Furthermore, Bom encountered a drug scandal during her later career, adding further hurdles to her already tumultuous path.  

These stories shed light on the challenges and traumas that some K-pop idols have faced throughout their careers. Despite these hardships, many idols continue to inspire and entertain their fans with their talent and resilience.

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