Block B’s Park Kyung opened up about the stress idol life can put on one’s mental health in a recent interview with BBC Korea.
He explained that being an idol means living a “life on a chopping board.”
“There are many people who debuted with no sense of self yet.
They come to realize later that every move and every word they say is being observed.”
— Park Kyung
He talked about how cautious idols have to be, and as a result, they lose their freedom.
They are afraid to open up because they don’t want to worry all the people who love them.
He also spoke about how stressful it is to have a job that consumes your entire life, and when the job wears you out, “You can also look at it as getting tired of your life.”
However, he shared some helpful advice from a close celebrity colleague that helped him let go of some of those huge burdens.
“Don’t try to take all the burdens in the world. You’re just one person, so just put some of the burdens down.”
— Park Kyung’s celebrity friend
You can watch Park Kyung’s full interview with English subtitles here.
If you are struggling with your mental health, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask for help.
Reach out to someone you trust, your school counselor, your family doctor, or an online or telephone resource. You can find a list of international crisis lines here.