There are a lot of K-Pop idols who had to face up with heartbreaking situations before they debuted, whether it be due to things like their companies, obsessive fans, malicious netizens,...etc. Here are 5+ K-Pop idols who ran into heartbreaking situations even before they debuted.
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1. The ENHYPEN members
ENHYPEN was formed through the survival show I-LAND, and they attr attracted a huge fanbase before they even debuted. However, the group ran into a heartbreaking situation recently. When ENHYPEN went to the Gimpo Airport in Seoul, they were mobbed by a bunch of sasaeng fans.
Many fans were upset by this and noted how the members seem so scared.
2. RM (BTS)
RM even considered giving up on his becoming an idol dream. However, he met with his father, who convinced him to go back to Big Hit Entertainment.
RM’s father spent hours convincing RM to go back and that he would regret his decision later in life if he didn’t go back. After listening to his father’s words, RM went back to Big Hit Entertainment and as we know, become successful with BTS.
3. Jihyo (TWICE)
During an episode of Carefree Travellers, Jihyo said that she almost gave up on her idol dreams when she was a trainee. She shared that there was a group she was supposed to debut in, but this group ended up disbanding. After this happened, Jihyo thought about quitting become an idol.
Right before I debuted, I wanted to quit. Before TWICE, there was this team that I was a part of. When that team disbanded, I just wanted to give up.
— TWICE’s Jihyo
Thankfully, Jihyo was given another chance to debut through SIXTEEN, which is the show that created TWICE.
4. The MAMAMOO members
Before MAMAMOO debuted, there were a lot of people who doubted them and thought that they would fail. The reason why was because people didn’t think that they had the visuals to succeed in the K-Pop industry.
It was hard before our debut. Since we weren’t visually perfect, many people said, ‘Those girls won’t make it’ and ‘You guys have to put on perfect performances or you’ll be done for’.
— MAMAMOO’s Solar
CEOs of other agencies even thought that the members would fail.
Before our debut, our CEO introduced us to outside connections. They all said, ‘They’re going to flop because they’re short and don’t look like idols.’
— MAMAMOO’s Solar
Composer Kim Do Hoon also shared in an interview that member Hwasa received a lot of criticism due to her appearance.
The truth is, before their debut when they were trainees, people looked at Hwasa and said, ‘She’ll cause a lot of trouble later on.’ That’s how much she stood out. There was a lot of external pressure while selecting MAMAMOO members.
— Kim Do Hoon
However, MAMAMOO ended up proving these people wrong as they went on to become one of the most popular girl groups in K-Pop!
5. Chaeryeong (ITZY)
However, Chaeryeong recently revealed that she dealt with a lot of malicious netizens from a young age. Even when Chaeryeong got told that she would debut as a member of ITZY, she didn’t feel joy due to these malicious netizens.
I don’t know why, but after becoming the debut team that I had dreamed of for so long, I thought it all meant nothing if I was already being hated like this.
— ITZY’s Chaeryeong
Thankfully, Chaeryeong is now doing her best to not get bothered by these malicious netizens.
Now that I have fans who are rooting for me if they knew that I’m being shaken by a few mean comments, I think that would make them sad too. So I tell myself not to get sad, time is too precious. I try to control negative thoughts like that.
— ITZY’s Chaeryeong