6+ Idols Who Debuted As Minors And Suffered From Health Issues – KpopNews
Starting at a young age, these K-pop idols unfortunately suffered from health issues stemming from grueling workouts, pressures, and obstacles ahead of the path they chose to pursue.
In the K-pop industry, idols usually start their careers when they are minors. Some debut as young as 13, meaning their training period began before they were even teenagers.
One of the examples was TWICE Jeongyeon, who has been on hold multiple times since 2020 due to his cervical disc and anxiety disorder. She began training at 13 and debuted at 18.
(Photo: DoA, Haechan, Chanty (Kpop Wiki))
During this time, teenagers go through many changes in their bodies and personalities as they grow rapidly. But these idols, sadly, have had to deal with it while enduring strict diets, intense training, and the pressure of being able to debut.
In the end, her strenuous activities took a toll on her health, and several idols have already lamented poor conditions in 2023.
6 idols who debuted as minors and had health issues
1. ALICE DoA and Yeonje
(Photo: Yeonje, DoA (News1))
On March 6, the IOK company announced the temporary suspension of ALICE DoA and Yeonje’s activities due to poor health. Both men were recently hospitalized and decided to take a break after receiving advice from medical staff that they needed adequate rest and stability.
Both Doa and Yeonje were born in 1999 and debuted at the age of 18.
(Photo: Alex (News1))
In January, DRIPPIN Alex, born in 2004, was only 16 when he debuted. But before that he was already a child model, working for Global Junior Show in 2011 and EBS Ggurugi Life Inquiry in 2012.
In early 2023, Alex was showing signs of failing health, and after discussions with his parents and the agency, he was given time to focus on restoring his health.
TNX Jun Hyeok
(Photo: Jun Hyeok (News1))
In January, Jun Hyeok also ended his schedule at TNX due to health issues. He was born in 2004 and was underage when he started. He later showed signs of anxiety.
Because of this, his agency P-Nation said:
“Cheon Joon-hyuk was recently examined at a specialized medical facility for anxiety symptoms caused by decreased physical strength. A specialist diagnosed that he needed enough rest and stability.”
(Photo: Chanty (Actu1))
Filipino-Argentinian K-pop idol Chanty also shared the news of her brief hiatus following health issues.
Before debuting in Korea at the age of 19, she was a child star in the Philippines, working as an actress and model from the age of 16.
(Photo: Haechan (News1))
In January, NCT Haechan, who had been a member of three entities – NCT 127, NCT Dream and NCT U – since he was 16, also ceased activities after suffering health problems.
Unfortunately, when asked how to relieve stress, the idol only answered:
“It’ll pass anyway, and it’ll be something we’ll talk about with a smile someday, so it’ll pass as we cross paths.”
(Photo: Munik (Instagram))
Born in 2001, Munik made his debut at the age of 18 as a DKZ. But he was only 16 when he began training to be an idol. He made his face through appearances on drama Big Issue, EBS1’s Beast of Asia S1 and MBC’s King of Masked Singer, but was banned for more than a year in 2021 after failing health.
In February 2023 he left the group.
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