This undated picture released by Yonhap in Seoul on October 14, 2019, shows Sulli, a previous member of leading South Korean woman group f(x). A preferred K-pop celebrity that had long been the target of abusive on the internet remarks was located dead at her house on October 14, South Korean authorities said.PHOTO: YONHAP/ AFP

Fans as well as fellow performers on Tuesday grieved the death of a K-pop star that had long been the target of online intimidation, some calling for better mental health and wellness support for those working in the country’s infamously competitive show organisation market.

The body of Sulli, a former participant of leading lady team f(x), was uncovered Monday by her manager at her house on the outskirts of Seoul.

“There has actually been no evidence of an outsider having actually barged in, or any kind of other criminal offenses committed by another individual,” an authorities from Seongnam Sujeong Police Agency told AFP.

“Self-destruction is among the feasible causes.”

Authorities claimed the 25-year-old had actually been dealing with “severe anxiety”.

South Korea has among the world’s greatest rates of self-destruction which, according to current federal government numbers, is among the leading causes of death for those under 40.

“I wish I could really hope for Sulli to be the last idolizer to die from self-destruction and also mental disease,” tweeted one follower.

“However recognizing exactly how vicious culture is, I can not help yet be afraid about that’s going to be the following one.”

Underneath the glamour and also glamour, the K-pop sector is known for its cut-throat competitiveness, an absence of personal privacy, on-line bullying as well as relentless public stress to preserve a wholesome image in all times as well as at any type of price.

Mental wellness taboo

K-pop celebrities like Sulli are gotten by agencies at a young age– typically in their very early- or mid-teens– and their lives then taken control of by gruelling singing and also dance training.

Taboos about mental disorder put off lots of South Koreans from seeking aid.

Sulli’s death echoes that of fellow K-pop celebrity Jonghyun, who took his life in 2017 after battling with depression.

Both were members of the SM Home entertainment steady, one of the country’s biggest skill agencies.

K-pop singer Goo Hara, a close friend of the late star, was likewise sent to medical facility in 2015 after a thought suicide attempt. Goo had been abused by her ex that threatened to post her spycam sex vidoes online.

“I wish Jin-ri is currently in a place where she can do whatever she wants,” Goo wrote on Instagram– utilizing Sulli’s genuine name and sharing images of the two of them with each other.

Sulli, who began her profession as a kid starlet at age 11, made her launching in 2009 for f(x), which quickly turned into one of K-pop’s top lady groups.

Understood for behaviour thought about questionable in South Korea– including her rejection to use a bra in public– she had actually been non-stop bullied online throughout her career, with many sexually abusive comments.

She just recently held a TV collection where celebs discussed their experiences of on-line misuse. She had likewise candidly shared her experience fighting with panic attack and also social fear.

Her outspokenness resonated with lots of young South Korean ladies who have actually been leading a new wave of feminists battling a patriarchal society consumed with appearances.

“Being just one of the initial female artists in K-pop to talk about mental wellness as well as feminism is fantastic. I like you a lot Sulli– I really hope in heaven you are finally free,” a follower composed in a tweet.

AFP