While there are plenty of positives of being a K-Pop idol, such as receiving love from fans, there are also plenty of negatives as well. Here’s a list of some of the worst things that K-Pop idols have to deal with.
1. Sasaeng fans
Sasaeng fans truly cross the line when it comes to showing love for their favorite idols, as they have no problem with invading their privacy or committing vile acts to get their attention. JYJ‘s Jaejoong is an idol who has had plenty of horrifying experiences with sasaeng fans. One time, he was taking a nap at a sauna, and a sasaeng fan decided to take a picture of him. Not only that, but the sasaeng fan also posted the picture online and bragged that she kissed him.
Idols have also gotten injured due to sasaeng fans. Super Junior‘s Heechul once broke his leg due to sasaeng fans. It happened when he was driving, and some sasaeng fans started to follow his car. Heechul ended up taking various routes to try to get away from them, but it ended with him getting into an accident.
2. Extreme dieting
The K-Pop industry is quite obsessed with weight, where idols are expected to be dangerously thin. This has caused idols to go on some extreme diets that could seriously damage their health. TWICE‘s Momo revealed in the past that she went on an extreme diet when she was a trainee, where she would eat only one ice cube a day. She ended up doing this diet for a week and admitted that she was scared to go to sleep, as she thought that she wouldn’t wake up.
3. Malicious netizens
K-Pop idols have to deal with malicious netizens all the time, as idols seemingly get criticized for everything. There have been many idols who got criticized by netizens for absurd reasons. BLACKPINK‘s Lisa once got targeted by malicious netizens due to her Thai background. Many netizens left malicious comments about Lisa, saying that she was just an average Thai woman that looked good due to Korean makeup.
Malicious netizens also criticize idols for dating, as they think idols shouldn’t date because it could “hurt” their fans. When Kang Daniel and TWICE‘s Jihyo announced they were in a relationship, some malicious netizens criticized them, particularly Kang Daniel. They criticized him for dating only a couple of years after his debut and for “crushing the fantasy” that idols sell to fans.
Malicious netizens also tend to leave harsh comments on idols’ visuals. This has even caused some idols to get plastic surgery. Soyou has admitted in the past that she got plastic surgery due to all the hurtful comments she received about her visuals.
K-Pop idols are known to work extremely hard, but this can sometimes cause damage to their health. There have been plenty of moments when idols fainted due to their extremely busy schedules and lack of rest. One case was when singer Kim Jang Hoon was performing at the West Coast Festival Concert. While performing, he ended up fainting and had to get rushed to the hospital. When he regained consciousness, all of his schedules were canceled so he could rest.
5. Getting backstabbed by their company
K-Pop companies are known to mistreat their idols, and many idols have run into heartbreaking situations due to their companies. Some idols have even gotten backstabbed by their companies, such as gugudan. Gugudan member Sally shared that their company told all the members to leave their dorm and to never come back.
At the beginning of 2019, my agency told me to go back home. When I asked them when I should come back, they told me there was no need to come back.