K-pop idols with Depression (7 obvious ones)

In this blog-post, we will list out all K-pop idols with Depression that have come and spoken about it openly.

When we mention a girl group or a boy band, Kpop unexpectedly appears in our heads. Not only appearance but also results are the power of Kpop. Kpop members can be good at singing and dancing. The ability to sing and dance is known nationally and internationally. It is the greatest dream of many people, including Thais, to be popular as Kpop. Being a popular Kpop star, though, is not easy and requires a strong desire. Kpop is a very competitive industry. Candidates are selected from thousands to hundreds and from hundreds to tens by the representatives of the record label or Kpop agency. Applicants who pass the stage of selection to be a record label trainee. About ten hours a day, they practiced singing and dancing and continued to do so for four or five years. In the spirit of tough practice, not every trainee will pass the test. The most impressive group will be selected by the record label to be a boy band and a girl group, while other trainees must finish their dream.

It is difficult to see K-pop celebrities as one of us, ordinary human beings with their polished lipstick, glittering dresses, well-curated social media accounts, and millions of adoring fans. These idols, however, have to deal with social stresses, personal challenges, and issues behind the curtains that surround celebrities and the public eye. Above, we look at some of those who have suffered from anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.

K-pop idols with Depression

Here is a list of K-pop idols with Depression that have come and spoken about it openly:

  • G-Dragon (BIGBANG)
  • Suzy (Formerly of miss A)
  • Jo Kwon (2 AM)
  • Lizzy (Formerly of After School)
  • T.O.P. (BIGBANG)
  • Baro (B1A4)
  • Jinwoon (2 AM)
  • Heechul (Super Junior)
  • Suga (BTS)
  • Sulli (f(x)’s)
  • Daniel Kang (Wanna One’s)

G-Dragon (BIGBANG)

For his bold charisma, trust, and renowned swag, G-Dragon is known. As a composer, songwriter, rapper, and singer, he has millions of worldwide fans and international success. But G-Dragon is still a sensitive young man beneath all that awesomeness. He admitted on TV that he avoided anyone he met and shut them out of his life when his single “Heart breaker” was under fire for plagiarism in 2009. He declined to talk to his friends and parents and lived in solitude, feeling deeply lonely and depressed.

He said, “I had done nothing wrong but I felt like a criminal. I was depressed for a long time.” In 2017, fans were worried that when he posted images to Instagram indicating he was in a dark location, the singer was suffering from another bout of depression. He also posted a video of his “Motte III” tour behind the scenes, where he confessed: “That’s when psychological problems come into play.” I don’t know how many of you feel, but sometimes I feel G-weight Dragon’s weighing me down.

He has resolved the hardships of his new album, “Kwon Ji Yong,” with the support and affection of his bandmates and fans and seems content and safe during his military training.

Suzy (Formerly of miss A)

The first love of the country, Suzy, may appear to have “the perfect life” She’s got beauty, fame, wealth, and the love of a whole nation. Surprisingly, however, in 2013, she admitted on TV that she was suffering from a serious case of depression. She said, “I have something like depression, and for a while, I haven’t been able to tell anybody.” I even started thinking that I might not last another day. I was talking with my friend one day and laughing at a joke, and all of a sudden I started to cry.

Jo Kwon (2 AM)

Jo Kwon often brings laughter and fun, with some stellar comic moments on variety shows, to those around him. He has also received attention for his hilarious cross-dressing performances and bubbly character, not only a talented ballad singer and now a solo artist. So, fans were shocked to find out that during the 8 years he spent as a trainee, Jo Kwon suffered from extreme depression. However, he pushed through it and was able to rise above it. Since his debut, his dedication and willpower have only continued to increase. He spoke about his new solo career with Cube Entertainment earlier this year (after leaving JYP Entertainment after 16 years) and said he has a new-found drive at 30. “Criticism and rumors don’t concern me too much. I want to become an artist who can use [criticism] rather than be stressed over it as a great force. I hope there are people who, by seeing me, gain trust and courage.

Lizzy (Formerly of After School)

You think of bright smiles and sweet dialect when you think of After School’s Lizzy, but she admitted that she also suffered from depression. Lizzy was an existing member of the cast when “Running Man” first began, but after taking her to leave, the media claimed that she had only ever been a guest on the show. She’s okay now, though, because she was listed by Yoo Jae Suk during his award speech. “It could have melted away whatever regrets and frustrations there might have been.” She even appeared on the show as a guest in 2016.


T.O.P was confirmed to have suffered from both anxiety attacks and depression in 2008. In 2017, he was formally diagnosed with an order of social anxiety and called for a short leave from his compulsory military training. He had previously reportedly mistakenly overdosed on anxiety medication and, following his stressful marijuana fiasco, obtained psychiatric treatment.

Baro (B1A4)

Baro reported that after the drama “Reply 1994” ended filming in 2013, he suffered. When he learned he would not be able to see his fellow cast members again due to the fact that they all had busy schedules, he fell into depression. In Law of the Jungle and Friends, he has since been reunited with co-star Son Ho Joon and the two have traveled to Laos along with Yoo Yeon Suk for the Youth Over Flowers variety show. Baro’s struggle with depression was short-lived, luckily.

Jinwoon (2 AM)

Jinwoon admitted that he fell into depression after the 2 AM US tour in 2010. He said he fell into a slump for a while on Law of the Jungle 2, showing symptoms similar to depression. For a month, he could not sleep and wanted to be left alone. On Happy Together 3, he also disclosed that during his debut he had a rough time, so much so that just the memory of it made him break into tears. But through the hard times, music supported him!

Heechul (Super Junior)

Heechul, who was his best friend, plunged into extreme depression after Hankyung suddenly quit Super Junior. He shut himself in, and for almost three months, he didn’t appear on stage. He said he was snapped out of it by Eunhyuk, saying, “Hyung, we don’t need you to sing or dance, but we need you because Super Junior isn’t the same without you.”

Suga (BTS)

Via their many speeches and music released through the Love Yourself project, BTS has become the flag bearer of mental health wellness. BTS ‘Suga was outspoken about his battle against depression. He has also penned through his mixtapes ‘The Last, his take on coping with mental illness. Suga, also known by his maiden name Min Yoon Gi, remembers that anxiety and tension never left his back, according to an interview with Naver in January 2018. As the main priority, he retains his job and allows his mind to substitute tension for work. That is his way of coping with anxiety. He also claimed that he was still trying to make peace with his thoughts although they were still struggling after their debut.

Sulli (f(x)’s)

Identified as a former member of the South Korean pop girl group f(x), before her death in October, Sulli had suffered from panic disorder, social phobia, and depression. Among many Koreans who cyberbullied her and left many derogatory comments on her social media, her outspoken persona, which often had overt sexual tones, caught disfavor.

Daniel Kang (Wanna One’s)

Daniel Kang, the former member of the hit boy band Wanna One, recently made headlines after it was revealed that he was suspending his latest single, Touchin’, to concentrate on his mental health promotion. Konnect Entertainment, his agency, announced that he had been diagnosed with depression, panic disorder, and extreme anxiety recently. Kang was previously involved in a legal battle over his contract with LM Entertainment, a former agency.

You can learn more about depression and its symptoms from books and online articles. 

In this blog-post, we will list out all K-pop idols with Depression that have come and spoken about it openly.

FAQs: K-pop idols with Depression

Why do kpop idols get depressed?

In an interview with The Korea Herald, a psychiatrist at the Asian Medical Center, Kim Byung-soo, who has many celebrities under his care, said that mental distress and separation of identity are typically the main causes of the depression of idols. Another tell-tale symptom of depression is a sense of loneliness.

Who is the rudest KPOP Idol?

According to netizens, these 5 K-pop stars were said to be disrespectful to co-members. TWICE Nayeon Being Rude to Dahyun, MOMOLAND Nancy to BLACKPINK, GFRIEND Yerin to SinB, Former X1 Son Dongpyo to Seungyon and Red Velvet Joy to Seulgi.

Why do kpop idols have anxiety?

In 2019, because of the Korean expectations and hate remarks, there were some of the idols who had this mental disorder that caused them to feel nervous while performing or standing in a group of people like Kang Daniel, TWICE Mina, SEVENTEEN S.

What is the biggest Kpop group in 2020?

Most Popular Kpop Group Worldwide 2020 are SEVENTEEN, NCT 127, X1, MONSTA X, GOT7, BLACKPINK, EXO, and BTS.

Why is Kpop so popular now?

Thanks to its distinctive combination of addictive rhythms, sleek choreography, and production values, K-pop has become a truly global phenomenon and an endless procession of glamorous South Korean performers who spend years in grueling studio systems learning to sing and dance in synchronized perfection.

Is Shinee famous in Korea?

Shinee was/are super popular!  During the second generation, they were most prominent in their prime, but I think the reason why so many people are conflicted is because of their success in the West. Korea was very much into Shinee, but before Western media got a hold of kpop, they were the most successful.


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