2020 has been a crazy year for K-Pop, as there have been lots of changes made this year. However, something that unfortunately has remained the same is idols having to deal with sasaeng fans. Here are 10+ K-Pop idols who suffered due to sasaeng fans this year.
1. Youngjae (GOT7)
Youngjae has been dealing with sasaeng fans for years, and this year, he had a terrible experience when a sasaeng fan not only invaded his privacy but also took a photo of him without his permission. After this incident occurred, Youngjae voiced his frustration out on his Instagram account.
Don’t come up to the shop. And was that a threat? You can’t just take a photo of me chatting with other people at a cafe without my permission and then ask me, ‘Can I post this?’
Youngjae also made another post regarding the question the sasaeng fan had asked him.
If you want to see a person’s life get ruined, go ahead and post it.
2. Members of NCT 127 & NCT Dream
The NCT 127 and NCT Dream members have suffered a lot this year due to sasaeng fans constantly waiting at their dorm. Member Haechan even addressed this situation during a live broadcast.
Whatever way in which you give us love, we will be thankful. But there are people in front of our dorm building. Not just for the nine of us, but the NCT Dream dorm as well. We are so stressed about this and to be honest, it gives us a hard time. I know that you will still come even if I address this – we have directly requested you not to so many times. “It’s okay for us to be uncomfortable” – this phrase is such a weird one right? In a space meant for rest, we want to be able to do so and eat and play amongst ourselves. Despite this, you make us uncomfortable and have a hard time. We know that you do this because you like us but no actually if you like us, I can’t understand this even more.
3. Members of ONF
When ONF held their comeback showcase, they ran into an unfortunate situation. After the event, their agency WM Entertainment released a statement on how several sasaeng fans had snuck into the venue and caused a lot of trouble.
We found some fans entering the venue and the stand-by areas without permission. They also video-graphed the rehearsal and the actual showcase against the rules. They got their hands on exclusive documents, they ate the staff’s and artists’ catered food, and they clashed with the security after being found hiding in the bathroom. All of this has created difficulties in a smooth run of the showcase. Specifically, they inconvenienced the artists by occupying the stand-by area where the artists are supposed to prepare their performances and causing interruptions in the artists’ routines.
— WM Entertainment
4. Kim Dong Wan (SHINHWA)
Kim Dong Wan has been an idol for over two decades, and he has run into many sasaeng fans. However, earlier this year, his agency, Office DH, released a statement on a sasaeng fan who had been bothering him for quite some time.
Hi, this is Office DH. This rule of thumb has been announced several times but it continues to fail being followed — So here we go again. Since last summer, this person has been showing up at Kim Dong Wan’s house. We’ve tried everything: We tried sitting her down and talking to her about the issue. We tried taking her up with the police. For a while, she didn’t show up. But today, she showed up in front of Kim Dong Wan’s door. She apparently climbed over the fences…
— Office DH
The agency even went a bit in-depth on how this sasaeng fan was bothering Kim Dong Wan and asked the sasaeng’s family and friends to stop her.
Until now, she stood outside the fences. But today, she climbed over and entered private premises. This is breaking and entering for sure. If you know this person, who has continuously harassed Kim Dong Wan, please convince her to stop so she doesn’t do this again. Kim Dong Wan’s house is entirely his personal space, to be protected from the outside world. It is a place where he can recharge without being interrupted by others. So please. Do not go visit him at his house. Thank you.
— Office DH
Bonus: EHYPEN members
ENHYPEN has been a group for less than a month, but they’ve already had to deal with extreme fans. When ENHYPEN went to the Gimpo Airport in Seoul to board a flight for a schedule in Jeju Island, they were mobbed by a ton of “fans”. In fact, some of the members even got pushed, and reportedly, member Jake cried due to all the chaos.