Young people in South Korea’s fiercely competitive entertainment industry are under pressure, as evidenced by a heartbreaking note left by the K-pop singer Kim Jong-hyun, who dἰed in a suspected suἰcide.
Kim, the boy band SHINee’s main singer pἀssed away in a hospital in Seoul after being discovered unconscious in his residence.
He was one of the most marketable figures in K-pop, South Korea’s most lucrative cultural export, and went by the stage name Jonghyun. As a band member and solo performer, he had a significant following in his home country and throughout Asia.
The Hallyu Wave, which has helped South Korean movies, music, and TV dramas gain devoted audiences throughout Asia and Europe over the past ten years, was propelled by bands like SHINee, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, and others.
However, the 27-year-old had stated that he felt “broken from inside” in a message that was made public a day after his pἀssing. The despair that has been progressively eating away at me has now completely consumed me, Kim said, adding that he “couldn’t defeat it anymore.”
In the event of his pἀssing, his buddy, the musician Nine9, said he had asked her to make the note public on her Instagram account. Many, like their Japanese counterparts, are compelled to give up romantic relationships in order to uphold the morally upright image cultivated by their industry bosses.
Many fans saw in Kim an incredibly gifted singer and dancer who had avoided the dangers, including drink and drugs, that had ended the careers of some of his contemporaries.
The fact that he seemed content and at ease with himself in public appearances just days before his pἀssing added to the shock experienced by his supporters all across the world.
But in text conversations, he sent to his sister he seemed to be asking for confirmations about his accomplishments in echoes of his longer note. He informed her, “This is my last farewell.” “Please let me leave and say that I did a good job.”
Every aspect of South Korean society is under constant pressure to succeed, from the country’s very competitive educational system to its corporate culture, which has a low tolerance for failure. According to analysts, these factors are to blame for the country having the highest suἰcide rate in the industrialized world.
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In recent years, a number of prominent people—including the nation’s former president Roh Moo-hyun and corporate executives—have committed suἰcide.
According to a master’s thesis written by the actress Park Jin-hee in 2009, 40% of South Korean performers had at least once considered suἰcide owing to a lack of privacy, internet bullying, uncertain salaries, and the worry that their abilities would not be valued by the industry or the general public.
Numerous fans who paid their respects to Kim at the hospital where he pἀssed away complained about the terrible demands that often come with fame in South Korea.
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