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K-Pop Star's Death Brings New Scrutiny to Industry - Page 2

Sulli, 25, appears to have committed suicide
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2019 8:53 AM CDT

  • Her struggles: Sulli spoke publicly about being mentally and physically exhausted as early as 2014 from the pressures of performing and the constant deluge of online abuse, per the Washington Post. Last year, she did something few in her genre have done by publicly discussing her mental health issues, including panic disorder and social phobia, reports the Korea Times. "Even close people left me," she said. "I was hurt by them and felt there was nobody who understands me, which made me fall apart." The disclosure came as part of a reality program in which K-pop stars talked about the online abuse they had to endure.
  • Her defiance: "She was one of the idols who decided to live her life in the way she wanted to and that didn't always sit well with the general public," says music journalist Taylor Glasby, per the BBC. "She clapped back and she wouldn't take people's narrow-mindedness." For instance, Sulli was known for posting photos of herself wearing a top but no bra—she said she was simply more comfortable that way—which drew much attention and criticism. As recently as a month ago, her breasts were accidentally exposed in an Instagram stream.
  • Other incidents: If suicide is confirmed, Sulli would not be the first K-pop star to die that way. She was friends with the hugely popular male star Jong-hyun, who killed himself in 2017. In May of this year, former K-pop performer Goo Hara apologized to fans she posted "Goodbye" online and then was found unconscious in her home, notes CNN.
  • The pressure: CNN has this nugget on the pressures put on K-pop celebrities from an early age: "Many of its stars—known as idols—train for years, honing their singing, dancing and acting skills, while also learning other Asian languages, before they are even allowed to debut their first song."
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