How Falling In Love Can Ruin Someone’s Life

HyunA with her boyfriend E’dawn at a photoshoot for The Star magazine. Source from Tumblr

In early August, two idols’ entire careers were dangerously hanging on the edge for a shocking announcement. HyunA (Kim Hyun-ah, 26), a solo artist with a large fan base, and E’Dawn (Kim Hyo-jong, 24), a member of the popular K-pop boy group Pentagon, officially confirmed that they had been seeing each other for two years. Upon this announcement, Cube Entertainment, a South Korean entertainment label known for managing many popular Korean artists, including both HyunA and E’Dawn, declared that they will be removing the two K-pop idols from their company. On September 13, 2018, they revealed the following statement:   

“Cube Entertainment has officially decided to remove our artists HyunA and E’Dawn from the label. When managing our artists, the company has worked with faith and trust in each other as the main priority. After numerous discussions, it is with great pain that we have come to the conclusion that it will prove difficult for us to rebuild the broken loyalty and trust between these two artists, HyunA and E’Dawn; so their removal has been decided.

We sincerely thank fans who have been with the two artists all this time.”

However, some people were not happy to hear about this. Many fans of HyunA and E’Dawn were not shy in expressing their outrage over this news, and it was made clear many believed the decision was, in fact, unfair and uncalled for.

Avoiding relationships is only one of the many restrictions the majority of K-pop stars have to endure when they enter the K-pop industry.


For starters, the competitiveness in the K-pop industry is far from anything we can imagine in the American entertainment industry. Most idols are focusing on building their careers and their packed and busy schedules make it close to impossible to even think about dating. However, the most shocking reason for most Korean entertainment companies to disallow dating lies in the safety of the fans:

Side by side of former EXO member Lu Han and Chinese actress Guan Xiao Tong. Source from Allkpop

In October of last year, Luhan, a former member of EXO, a popular South Korean-Chinese K-pop boy band, confirmed his relationship with Guan Xiaotong, a rising Chinese actress. Though many fans were quick to show their support of this news, many were also not too happy. According to Sin Chew, a Chinese newspaper page in Malaysia, it was announced that three fans had committed suicide after hearing of Luhan’s announcement. Allegedly, another fan had admitted to slitting her wrists, while another tried to jump off a building. These instances, however, are only one of many cases of fan suicides after hearing of their beloved idols’ love life.

Luhan, a former member of EXO, a popular South Korean-Chinese K-pop boy band, confirmed his relationship with Guan Xiaotong, a rising Chinese actress. Though many fans were quick to show their support of this news, many were also not too happy. According to Sin Chew, a Chinese newspaper page in Malaysia, it was announced that three fans had committed suicide after hearing of Luhan’s announcement. Allegedly, another fan had admitted to slitting her wrists, while another tried to jump off a building. These instances, however, are only one of many cases of fan suicides after hearing of their beloved idols’ love life.

Unfortunately, avoiding relationships is only one of the many restrictions the majority of K-pop stars have to endure when they enter the K-pop industry:

  1. They must devote all of their time to brutal hours of training and learning complicated dance routines in the practice rooms.
  2. They are constantly traveling place to place to attend different events and shows.
  3. They must interact with their fans and must accept not being able to have a private life.
  4. They need to endlessly watch what they eat and stick to a strict diet.
Kim Jonghyun at the Dazed x Boon The Shop event. Source from Playground Magazine

Kim Jonghyun was not only the main vocalist of a popular K-pop group, SHINee, for nine years but a successful solo artist who released multiple popular songs. In December 2017, however, at the age of 27, Jonghyun, took his own life. He had left a suicide letter to his sister before dying of carbon monoxide poisoning:  

“I am broken from the inside. The depression that slowly gnawed away at me has finally swallowed me whole. And I could not defeat it.” 

So to my fellow K-pop fans out there, I think it’s important for us to voice our opinion on instances like this and show our willingness to support any relationships our idols may be in. Since when was falling in love used to ruin someone’s life?

Instagram post of HyunA happily walking down the sidewalk to her boyfriend days the day after her contract with Cube Entertainment was broken. Source by HyunA

Author: Han Sohn

Han Sohn is the Chief Marketing Strategist for The Eye, and this is her second year working as a reporter for The Eye. Currently a senior, she is reaching her eighth year at SAS and fifteenth year in Singapore. At school, on most days, she can be found sharing relatable memes with her friends and updating posts on her bullet journing account @jahm.studies (in collaraboration with three other seniors). At home, she can be found binge-watching American Horror Story, or Black Mirror, or lying on her bed streaming the latest horror movies. She can be contacted at sohn31766@sas.edu.sg.

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