This piece of news is pretty heartbreaking. K-Pop star Goo Hara is no more. The police found the dead body of the star at her apartment in Seoul. This happened just two weeks after she launched her comeback tour after a suicide attempt six months ago. The police discovered the body of the 28-year-old at her Cheongdam-dong area, which is a very affluent area. They found her body at around 6pm on Sunday and reports say the Gangnam police are still carrying out investigations.
Well, Goo Hara isn’t the only K-Pop star to feel the pressure of the limelight. The pressure of the industry is intense and the controversies do not help either. Just last month 25-year-old Sulli, who was another member of a girl band and a friend of Hara’s was found dead at her apartment. Sulli was suffering from severe depression before she committed suicide.
Just a few days ago, Hara had staged a comeback show in Japan. She was on tour in Japan from November 14 to November 19 to promote her new solo single. She also apologized to her fans for the incident that happened where she was found unconscious in her apartment in the capital of South Korea. Hara was a former member of the band Kara and the fans were in a frenzy after they saw her “Goodbye” post on Instagram. And then the police found her unconscious at her apartment on May 30 and they sped her to the hospital.
She said sorry later for the commotion and also said she was recovering after having a number of overlapping issues. Hara had spoken out against cyberbullying and then she made headlines she accused her ex-boyfriend Choi Jong-Bum of blackmailing her with their sex tapes. And then came the death of her friend Sulli who committed suicide after she received a ton of hate comments regarding her no-bra scandal. Hara posted a tearful comment regarding the death of her dear friend.
The agencies usually pick up these K-Pop stars at a very young age and then they have to go through all the singing and dancing training sessions. Mental health illness is a very sensitive topic but it’s something which these stars go through a whole lot. They face this enormous pressure of having to look good, behave good and have perfect performances. People notice the tiniest mistakes and criticize these stars for years if they don’t like something they did. Taboos regarding mental health issues stop many public stars from seeking professional help. And sometimes it may end badly, like in this case.
We just hope Hara’s soul will rest in peace.