Are K-pop idols sexually harassed in military? Taemin's depression sparks SHINee fan speculation

Trigger caution: unwanted sexual advances as well as self-destruction

On January 14, followers were surprised when it was reported that SHINee’s Taemin was struggling with depression as well as stress and anxiety. He had actually been detected prior to he got however it had actually become worse in the armed force. The K-pop celebrity needed to wind up altering his placement from belonging to the army band to finishing his compulsory army solution as a social employee. While we have not been provided a factor for the worsening of his psychological health and wellness, among Taemin’s messages has actually fretted followers guessing if he had actually been sexually harassed in the military.

Taemin was commonly taken into consideration the infant of K-pop as he was just one of the youngest idols to debut– at the age of 14. He at first had an effeminate picture as well as his lengthy hair had also his associates joking that he looked ‘girly’. He was additionally harassed for some time in institution which had his SHINee participants mosting likely to his institution to safeguard him. In addition to the added stress of being an idolizer, followers really feel that in spite of his solid outside, he was deeply impacted by participant Jonghyun’s self-destruction that had actually additionally struggled with depression.

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Taemin obtains spoken with by the Armed force Publication (Korea Armed Force Workforce Administration/YouTube).

K-pop idols in the army

Yet an upgrade from Taemin has actually begun making the rounds on social media sites. In August 2021, the youngest SHINee participant shared that in the army, every person showers with each other as well as at the exact same time. Yet whenever he showered, every person looked at him so he needed to transform his bathing time. Knetizens revived the reports that individuals from his training base attempted to leakage exactly how he looked nude. Also his labelmate as well as SuperM team participant, EXO’s Baekhyun experienced something comparable.

Obviously, the soldiers attempted to take images of Baekhyun nude as well as looked at him. We also had Super Junior’s Kyuhyun disclosing that every person looked when he showered as well as while his pals at the base attempted to aid, he needed to ‘sustain’ it. Numerous followers really hope that the K-pop idols are merely tracked by the soldiers in their base out of admiration or to observe as well as market info to followers, due to the fact that the various other option is even worse considering that such actions can additionally fall under unwanted sexual advances.

There have actually been a great deal of protestors looking into the persisting situations of unwanted sexual advances as well as physical violence amongst guys in the South Oriental armed force. The support ministry as well as head of state Moon Jae-in additionally assured to make adjustments in the army to “get rid of the in reverse society in the barracks” that have actually commonly brought about fatalities as well as desertion. We also had the Netflix K-drama ‘D. P.’ which is based upon real experiences subjecting the severe fact of guys that were weak or were various from the ‘standard’ being sexually harassed in the armed force.

Taemin’s last VLive

Whether this is among the factors for Taemin’s aggravated psychological health and wellness, followers wished that the public would certainly not treat him as well roughly considering that psychological health and wellness is still a forbidden subject in South Korea. We also had soldiers from his base talking about the information as well as sharing their experiences while offering with the SHINee celebrity. They asserted that in spite of taking 6-7 tablets daily, Taemin constantly placed on a solid face as well as dealt with every person with compassion, sustaining them as well as dealing with them. Followers additionally revived among Taemin’s last VLive prior to employing where he appeared like he was keeping back splits as he stated, “I’m stressed, terrified, as well as distressed regarding the future.”

‘ Favoring you’

Stressed followers have actually been sending out Taemin helpful messages on social media sites like, “Desiring the most effective for taemin, wish his psychological health and wellness maintains being focused on as well as he really feels much better quickly there are lots of people favoring you our dear taemin, we want you the most effective we understand you can conquer this please every person send out great deals of love as well as sustain his means,” as well as “I actually simply really hope therapy works out for taemin as well as he is getting tons of assistance as well as love from every person around him im wanting him the most effective on his roadway with therapy.”

One Shawol feared, “I simply wish he’s not obtaining harassed or abused considering that Oriental army problems are appeared to be really severe as well as rude of psychological health and wellness. As well as provided his previous hope he’s not obtaining shocked or having recalls. I like you taemin. You have actually made it this much you can go much more!” An Additional fan stated, “There was never ever a news on it however i believe several his followers, myself consisted of, have actually been fearing it … i believe no person ever before honestly articulated the problems in wishes that what we was afraid would not hold true …”

One Shawol shared, “Man that D.P netflix dramatization actually shocked me like fr there’s a great deal of misuse taking place in this areas in addition to unwanted sexual advances, I rejoice they moved him considering that this is being taking place for months currently from what I recognize, want him the most effective:(.” One more included, “No due to the fact that it so unreasonable i bear in mind when his army base was dripping exactly how he looks nude as well as evidently looking additionally like exactly how baekhyun needed to shower alone reason for harassment. idc the armed force must never ever be an obsession dc what anybody states.”

wanting the most effective for taemin, wish his psychological health and wellness maintains being focused on as well as he really feels much better quickly there are lots of people favoring you our dear taemin, we want you the most effective we understand you can conquer this please every person send out great deals of love as well as sustain his means. #TAEMIN pic.twitter.com/qUuhWFRrUG

— ً (@hourlyjitaem) January 14, 2022.

i actually simply really hope therapy works out for taemin as well as he is getting tons of assistance as well as love from every person around him im wanting him the most effective on his roadway with therapy

— GROK emma (@haseul623) January 14, 2022.

I simply wish he’s not obtaining harassed or abused considering that Oriental army problems are appeared to be really severe as well as rude of psychological health and wellness. As well as provided his previous hope he’s not obtaining shocked or having recalls. I like you taemin. You have actually made it this much you can go much more!

— snidhi reddy (@snidhireddy1) January 14, 2022.

There was never ever a news on it however i believe several his followers, myself consisted of, have actually been fearing it … i believe no person ever before honestly articulated the problems in wishes that what we was afraid would not hold true …

— Tropicshanyu (@tropicshanyu) January 14, 2022.


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