Being a celebrity in South Korea


Those of you who are interested in South Korean celebrities will already know it: they clearly seem to over-do it.

I don’t know much french celebrities who are both singers, actors, MCs and also spend their life on variety shows, reality TV shows.

Korean celebrities do it all. They have an hectic schedule, and that is without speaking about their internation activities. With the Hallyu wave (korean celebrities being also famous abroad), they spend a lot of time abroad.

They can spend two days in Thailand, then 3 days in Japan, the 2 days back in Korean, and 3 days in Singapore… And we all know that travelling is also tiring.

To the point that many of them end up passing out in the middle of an activity or in the hospital for IVs.

With all the controversies currently turning around abusive contracts, esploitation of artists etc., and more sadly with the several artists who’ve chosen suicide over living such a life, I really worry for all the artists I love.

Most of them are probably pretty happy with this life, as they’re doing a job that they love. But as a fan, can you not get worried when the artist you like passes out in the middle of a concert, or when he has lost 15 kilos (that didn’t need being lost) just because the management company decided it was better?

Maybe it’s just because I’m not used to this way of being a celebrity. Maybe it’s just because here, only a very few artists are both a singer and an actor, and often they aren’t both at the same time. But I feel like this kids have to do so much with no right to make a mistake… Are korean celebrities supermen and superwomen?


Sleeping Jaejoong