Extreme 'Fans' Turned Stalkers: BTS, TWICE, EXO, and More K-Pop Stars in Crisis
BTS member Jungkook recently expressed his distress over being targeted by extreme fans who go as far as invading his privacy, including food delivery "attacks." Sadly, he's not the only one. Idols from TWICE, EXO, and SEVENTEEN have also faced harm from these so-called fans, whose behaviors leave us questioning whether they should be called fans at all.
In the past, Jungkook and other BTS members have suffered from privacy invasion by extreme fans, including leaked personal information. Member V once revealed, "When we're on long flights, some people know our flights and sit in front of or beside us. It's very uncomfortable since we can't relax in that private space." He added, "I honestly wish it didn't happen. I want them to stop. It's scary. Really scary."
Jungkook himself faced multiple prank calls at his accommodation in Las Vegas during a concert tour. He pleaded, "Who are you? Don't make prank calls. I don't like the sound of this phone ringing. It's annoying. It's scary. It's creepy." He also urged fans not to send food deliveries to his house, saying, "Please don't send food to my house. Even if you do, I won't eat it."
The invasion of K-pop idols' private lives isn't limited to BTS. Personal information such as phone numbers, passport numbers, and home addresses of famous idol group members are being traded on popular social media platforms by these extreme fans, increasing the risk of personal information leaks.
Red Velvet and TVXQ have also faced similar issues. In the past, Yunho revealed, "They took pictures of items in my accommodation and sent them to me via text. If I change my number, they contact me again within five minutes using a different number."
TWICE's Nayeon had an extreme fan who not only followed her onto a flight but also deluded himself into thinking they were dating. Nayeon's agency confirmed that she was under police protection due to the severity of the situation. EXO's Chanyeol reported two Chinese fans who trespassed into his workspace to the police. The fans' actions went beyond simply following the stars, shocking everyone with their attempts to break into their accommodations.
Celebrities are also suffering from fans who invade even family weddings and hospitals. Despite repeated warnings, the lack of remorse and continuous behavior from these fans is a serious issue. The stalking goes beyond invading the idols' privacy and could potentially lead to criminal acts. It's time for concrete and definitive legal measures to be taken.
The term "fans" seems inadequate for these individuals who cross the line. Instead, they should be called "stalker criminals."