During DPR IAN‘s interview for the Zach Sang Show, he discussed who he is now as an artist and reflected on his past years in the K-Pop industry as an idol. He revealed their lives aren’t at all times glitz and glamour, exposing the long-lasting destructive results that may end result from being a K-Pop idol.
Although DPR IAN was capable of achieve a fanbase from his years because the chief of disbanded group C-CLOWN, he couldn’t look again on these years fondly. When speaking with Zach Sang, he talked about how naive he’d been when “signing his life away.”
But Jesus… The kind of stuff I needed to undergo in that time period was simply absolute hell.
I had no thought. I walked into the lion’s den at that time.
— DPR IAN
DPR IAN talked concerning the “crazy experience” of his life as an idol and the way troublesome it had been to regulate as a Korean Australian—particularly as somebody who’d by no means recognized about K-Pop beforehand. He additionally shared his unawareness of its strict pointers.
Not solely is it me attempting to adapt to the tradition of Korea, however simply initially being a product. I didn’t really assume they might take that actually.
— DPR IAN
Because of how excessive expectations are and the way harsh the business may very well be, DPR IAN confirmed that it took a toll on idols’ psychological well being. He mentioned, “You hear about it all the time. You hear a lot of cases of people coming out and just falling into depression.”
DPR IAN famous that it took a bodily toll as nicely. He continued, “They have all types of disorders. I mean, that’ll do that to you, for sure.” Despite his powerful instances, DPR IAN observed “it’s gotten way better” for newer idols.
Listen to DPR IAN affirm that the darkish facet of being a K-Pop idol can depart long-lasting psychological and bodily issues that many former idols and trainees have come ahead to disclose.