Famous K-pop idol Goo Hara was found lifeless in her apartment just a month after attempted suicide caused by “depression” and the pressure that comes along with being a star.
The talented 28-year-old was found dead at her home in Seoul, whereas the authorities have been investigating the incident since.
Ms. Hara has previously caused a commotion after writing ‘Goodbye’ on her Instagram account before attempting to take her own life.
Following her posts, the idol’s fans swarmed the police lines and alerted them about the suicidal message. Shortly after, the emergency responders have found the girl unconscious in her apartment.
After the frenzy she caused among her followers, Hara has apologized and said she was “recovering” while adding she “had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues.”
“I am sorry for causing concerns and a commotion. In terms of health, I am recovering … I had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues,” she said in an interview with Sankei Sports.
“But from now on, I will steel my heart and try to show up healthy.”
The 28-year-old has previously also pleaded with social media users to be kinder and more positive with their comments, suggesting that her mental health had been affected by what people wrote about her on the internet.
Last year, the star was in the center of turbulence after a public row with Choi Jong-Bum, her ex, whom she allegedly assaulted after accusing him of extorting her using sex tapes the two had recorded while dating.
Just a month prior to Hara’s passing, 25-year-old Sulli, Hara’s close friend and a former band girl, has also taken her own life amid a battle with “severe depression” allegedly caused by living in the limelight of the controversial industry.
Before taking her own life, Sulli had been commonly mocked and criticized on social media over her “no-bra” scandal.
Another K-Pop celebrity soul lost to depression was Kim Jong-Hyun, a 27-year-old member of the boy band Shinee, who took his life in 2017.
“I’m broken from the inside … The depression that has slowly eaten away at me has finally consumed me, and I couldn’t beat it,” the young man wrote before ending his life.
According to Kim Seong-Soo who works as a cultural commentator, K-pop stars are faced with a lot of pressure whereas their managers and the public always expect them to be and act perfectly as if they weren’t people like the rest of us.
“These idols virtually live in a fishbowl and are pressed to put on a smiley, happy face while behaving nicely 24/7,” Seong-Soo said before suggesting that the pressure may “cripple them emotionally.”
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