When fans went to Incheon Airport to see Red Velvet off on their flight to Hong Kong, they noticed Irene was looking particularly exhausted.
She was pale and a bit listless, always looking at the ground.
She had a hard time picking her head up and kept her eyes on the ground.
Recently, male fans have been burning her merchandise after they found out she was reading a feminist book.
Fans believe she’s stressed because of the controversy.
They say the backlash she received for just reading one simple book was too much.
Fans are sympathetic, saying it’s unfair that male idols don’t get the same treatment, and that even though she looks tired she’s still beautiful.
We hope she regains her bright smile soon!