K-pop star Kang Daniel suspends all future performances due to depression and panic disorder in latest incident to draw attention to the industry’s dark side
- The 22-year-old has been struggling with worsening depression and anxiety
- Promotion of the South Korean singer-songwriter’s new single has been paused
- Kang’s woes add to a year of K-pop suspected suicides and sex scandals
K-pop star Kang Daniel has suspended all future performances due to his struggles with depression and panic attacks in the latest incident to draw attention to the industry’s dark side.
Kang’s agency announced today that cancellations of the South Korean singer-songwriter’s schedule would be immediate, effecting today’s plans to record for MBC’s music programme Show!Champion.
The promotion of the 22-year-old’s new song, TOUCHIN’, has also been put on hold.
‘Sufficient rest and stability is of the highest priority for the artist’s health and safety,’ Kang’s agency said in a statement.
K-pop star Kang Daniel has suspended all future performances due to his struggles with depression and panic attacks. The promotion of the 22-year-old’s new song, TOUCHIN’, has been put on hold
Kang is a former member of the boy band Wanna One, who rose to fame in 2017 through the K-pop competition series, Produce 101.
In January 2019, Kang set a Guinness World Record for the “fastest time to gain one million followers on Instagram”.
The previous record, of 12 hours, had been held by Pope Francis, who Kang beat by 24 minutes.
Kang’s ill-health is another blow to the K-pop industry, which has been rocked over the past year by drug and sex scandals as well as suspected artists’ suicides. In October, Sulli (pictured above), a former member of girl group f(x), died in an apparent suicide after speaking out about cyber-bullying
The rest of 2019 has not been an easy year for Kang, who became embroiled in a legal dispute with his former agency, LM Entertainment, when he struck out from group work to start a solo career.
The dispute over exclusive contracts ended with a ruling in Kang’s favour.
Konnect Entertainment, Kang’s current agency, said that the young star’s mental health difficulties started earlier this year, when he began to suffer from a weak immune system and psychological anxiety.
At the time, he was diagnosed with depression and panic disorder – a specific anxiety disorder characterized by recurring panic attacks.
Kang’s ill-health is another blow to the K-pop industry, which has been rocked in the past year by drug and sex scandals as well as suspected artists’ suicides.
In November, K-pop musician Jung Joon-young was sentenced to six years in prison for raping a woman and distributing a video showing the act. He was a member of online chat groups that shared secret sex videos and made jokes about drugging and raping women, the court said
Although Kang has been undergoing counselling and taking medication since his diagnosis, his agency said that in recent months he began to show ‘more severe symptoms of anxiety’.
‘We deeply apologize to fans, broadcasting stations, media outlets, and all other related personnel for causing concern with this sudden news,’ the agency said.
‘We will take all measures possible for Kang Daniel to recover his health, and we will once again keep in mind the responsibility given to an agency to protect its artist.’
It added a special request for the public to refrain from ‘making speculations and causing misunderstandings’ about Kang’s health and future plans.
On his website earlier this week, Kang posted a message that read: ‘Ever since I was part of a group, I have endured unjust situations and all kinds of rumours… but I am really just so tired.’
‘The fact that I am me is just too difficult,’ another read.
2019: A year of tragedy and scandal for South Korea’s K-pop industry
MARCH: Lee Seung-hyun, a member of K-pop band Big Bang who goes by the stage name Seungri, was charged with providing prostitutes to foreign investors at his private club.
JUNE: Yang Hyun-suk, founder of YG Entertainment, which managed Seungri and other K-pop artists, stepped down from his duties as chief producer, in the wake of drug and sex scandals.
OCTOBER: Choi Jin-ri, a former member of girl group f(x) who went by the stage name Sulli, died in an apparent suicide. She had spoken out against cyber-bullying, after becoming the target of criticism when she spoke publicly about not wearing a bra in the conservative K-pop industry.
NOVEMBER: K-pop singer Koo Hara was found dead in her home. Police found a handwritten note in which she expressed despair. She had been subjected to vicious attacks online about her relationships with men, local media said.
K-pop musician Jung Joon-young was sentenced to six years in prison for raping a woman and distributing a video showing the act. Choi Jong-hoon, 30, a former member of South Korean boy band FT Island, was sentenced to five years prison for the rape of the woman. Both men were members of online chat groups that shared secret sex videos and made jokes about drugging and raping women, the court said.
DECEMBER: Lee Jae-ho, a 27-year-old South Korean actor who went by the stage name Cha In-ha, was found dead in his home. The cause of death was not immediately known. The singer-actor had left an Instagram post the day before he was found dead, telling his fans to take care in the cold winter.
Kang Daniel, former member of the hit boy band Wanna One, decided to take a break as he was suffering from depression and panic attacks, his management agency Konnect Entertainment said.