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Leeteuk talks about the family hardships he went through on 'Talk to You'

By jennywill   Monday, January 23, 2017   33,538   4,807   20
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Leeteuk talked about how he overcame his family hardships.


He was a guest on the January 22 installment of JTBC's 'Talk to You', where the topic of the lecture was 'spoon'. He said, "When I see a spoon, I think to myself that I should work harder. Even if I'm tired and exhausted, I think about how the side dishes would change to that extra spoonful of rice, and I work hard."


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On having a 'silver spoon' (golden spoon in Korea), he said, "I know many people might see me as having a golden spoon because I am in the spotlight as a celebrity, but if I look back to my middle school and high school days, I think I'm actually a dung-spoon. My family was not well off. As soon as I debuted [and until now], I've been the head of my household for 13 years. I've had times where I lamented my parents, thinking, 'why couldn't I have been born to a richer, a happier family?' But if I think about it now, I think those times enabled me to become stronger now."

He added, "A new generation was built always by people who went through hardships. It gave me hope that I could become a small hero."




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kpauburn Tuesday, January 24, 2017

God bless Leeteuk. My parents have passed as well, but not all at once like his did. He has such a strong character and will, I envy him for that. People think of idols as well-off but he has had so much suffering in his life.

kpauburn Tuesday, January 24, 2017

My mistake, I thought his mom had passed too, I am glad she's still alive. He has a sister too.

crazyft Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Oppa fighting

ChimGyu Monday, January 23, 2017

oppa stay strong i will always support you

chelle203 Monday, January 23, 2017

He still through hard time now after his dad suicide and left a very much debt for him T.T poor uri leader

EXOBiasedBBH Monday, January 23, 2017

He is so inspiring, even though he had so may troubles he always manages to smile and make others smile, after so many hardships and yaers he could save his innocence and playfullnes, he was leader of 12 boys who were still kids back and he was the one in charge of them, also he was head of family, and after all when he was doing great and went to army such a tragedy happened. I watched their promotions after his millitary and its still hard to believe that he never gave up and stayed as a cheerful person! I wouldnot be able to do same I love how he is like reAl brother to other members the one who they ask for help and advice, and i believe he never turned his back on them, idk how he manages everything.

KMetzger Monday, January 23, 2017

He has had such a hard life, it is amazing to always see him smiling so brightly .

Moogirl Monday, January 23, 2017

Awww I love him so much!!!! <3<3

kpophilippines Monday, January 23, 2017

Can someone explain to me, is he the kpop member where his parents and grandparents died at the same time? Then is he the only one left in the family?

IJWD96 kpophilippines Monday, January 23, 2017

The situation: just on time when Leeteuk returned from the army (he was already an idol, Super Junior is one of the oldest groups in kpop, the leaders of hallyu wave). His father killed his parents (grandparents of Leeteuk) and then commited suicide. It was a tragedy, I couldn't even watch the funeral video. His dad was a very unhappy man who basicaly tried to ruin his own family and leave Leeteuk with even more responsabilities. But Leeteuk has mannaged to stay strong. Honestly, I admire him, he's a very special idol and human being.

chelle203 kpophilippines Monday, January 23, 2017

his parents are divorced. he still have his mother. and his mother is very kind, i've met her in 2014 in his cafe.

smokeee IJWD96 Monday, January 23, 2017

was his dad mentally ill, or sane and just a bad person?

IJWD96 smokeee Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I couldn't answer that... The only people who really know what was going on with him are Leeteuk and his family. What we do know as fans is that he was abusive, Leeteuk had a rough youth.

IJWD96 smokeee Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Also, by the time he (Leeteuk's dad) took his own life, he was suffering from depression.

kpophilippines chelle203 Tuesday, January 24, 2017

At least he still have his mother.

lilliana Monday, January 23, 2017

that's really encouraging! I've been through hardships in family too, and I understand what he meant! Hope his life will get better as time pass by... hwaiting!<3

DuniaWu Monday, January 23, 2017

If you wan't something, fight for it. Nothing comes for free, not even happiness.

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