BTS. Photo: @bts_bighit/ Twitter
BTS. Photo: @bts_bighit/ Twitter

How BTS is challenging ‘cutthroat’ K-pop culture by taking a break: the group is defying suffocating fan and industry expectations by prioritising their mental health

  • The suicides of Shinee’s Jonghyun, actress-singer Sulli and Goo Hara drew attention to Korea’s mental health crisis and the immense pressure K-pop stars face
  • While many praise BTS for taking a stance, experts say their international success, and gender, gives them disproportionately more power than other artists

Topic |   Fame and celebrity
BTS. Photo: @bts_bighit/ Twitter
BTS. Photo: @bts_bighit/ Twitter
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