Being a K-pop idol seems fun. Seeing how they can perform on stage, have fans from around the world, be famous, and win awards. Despite that, there are some downsides to being a K-pop idol. Here are some of the downsides of being a K-pop idol that affects the idols nowadays.
1. Being a Trainee
Before you debut as an idol, you need to go for an audition. Once you pass that audition, you will undergo training. Being a trainee means practicing dancing, singing, and sometimes language classes in long hours. The average period for the training would be at least 9-10 hours a day. We need to remember that some of these idols are still going to school. When you are a trainee, you will be living with other trainees in a dorm. The period of being a trainee is unspecified. Some might last for a few months or even years. The shortest period of being a trainee would be Olivia Hye from LOONA with a day, and the most prolonged period of being a trainee is G.Soul with 15 years.
Sasaeng is fans who are obsessive about their idols. They would take things far by stalking their idols and invading their privacy. In most cases, they would be in the same place as not by coincidence and start to picture the idols. You could sometimes see this when an idol went on live, mainly on Vlive. They would go crazy if their favorite idols turned out to have a partner. Some of the sasaeng spread unpleasant rumors about an idol and ruined their careers.
Being on a diet is a good thing, but it is a healthy diet. Some of the idols were told by their agencies to be in specific weight, and some of them would go to the extreme just to lose weight. Most of these idols are underweight.
Momo from Twice revealed that her agency told her to lose 7 kg (15 pounds) before her debut. She lost her weight in a week by eating an ice cube each day. That week, she cried every night, thinking that she might not be able to wake up the next day.
We must remember that idols are dancing and singing live on stage. It would be difficult to do those things if you do not have enough energy because that might lead to dizziness, and some would end up fainting.
4. Uncomfortable clothing
When you are an idol, there will be staff that will doll u up. That includes make-up, hairstyling, and outfits. Most of the female idols would wear shorts, a dress, mini skirts, or shorts that would limit their movements, and often time, you would see them trying to pull them down. Female idols would always wear safety shorts. But often time, you can see the shorts when they are dancing. The female idols would sometimes wear a dress that might show their cleavage at a certain angle. The idols would then try to cover it with their long hair.
4. Uncomfortable clothing
When you are an idol, there will be staffs that will doll u up. That includes make-up, hairstyling, and outfits. Most of the female idols would wear short a dress, mini skirts, or shorts that would limit their movements and often time, you would see them trying to pull them down. Female idols would always wear safety shorts. But often time, you could see the shorts when they are dancing. The female idols would sometimes wear a dress that might show their cleavage at a certain angle. The idols would then try to cover it with their long hair.
5. The rules from agencies
Every agency has different rules that the idols need to strictly follow. Most agencies do not let you have a personal social media account, which includes Instagram, Twitter, or even Tiktok, even when you are a trainee. By the time they become an idol, the members would all share one account. Most of the time, the staff would handle their social media accounts.
Most agencies do not allow their trainees to have a partner. But agencies have changed this rule to either they are not allowed to date a few years of their debut, then after that, they can date or even not being able to date at all.
These are some of the downsides that K-pop idols face. Being an idol is not easy. They are trying their best to make their fans happy. As a fan of an idol we should always remember that they are also human beings like us, and we should support them.