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Posted by KayRosa AKP STAFF 19 days ago

Youngji says she suffered from binge eating disorder after KARA's disbandment due to stress

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Youngji opened up about her past eating disorder following KARA's disbandment.

On October 28th, 'SBS Special' presented a documentary about singers who now lead different lifestyles after the 'pinnacle' of their idol career. As a former KARA member, Youngji spoke up about the stress that idols must cope with, as well as the psychological changes that they go through after their average '7-year streak'. 



"When the feeling of 'things are starting to wrap up' started approaching me, I was more worried about what to do afterwards than just simply being in fear," began Youngji. "When KARA's activities stopped for good in 2016, I was so unstable that I began suffering from a binge eating disorder. I kept eating and eating, but my stomach didn't feel full. I didn't know how to even deal with it.

Youngji continued, "It felt like I had been so dependent on my 'unnies' to a point where I was unable to do anything on my own. Having a team vanish suddenly naturally makes you feel so upset."

On the show, not only Youngji but also Thunder from MBLAQJung Ah and Lizzy from After School, and many other former idol stars opened up and shared their innermost stories. Stay tuned for more stories from 'SBS Special'.


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hiroonakamura 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

this looks like an interesting show!

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tankor 18 days ago 2
18 days ago

Youngji case sadden me big time... when she just won the kara spot the others members did not want to continue as such from being in a firm position she is in limbo.. SK need to have some kind of protection for trainees and artist as general they literally waste their youth in a studio with little or no teenage joy... and sadly 90% of them will not see the fruit of their labor

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kpoplover308 18 days ago 0
18 days ago

tbh not sure what's to be saddened about in regards to Youngi. I think there are plenty of other idols and trainees who would have loved to be in Youngi's place. Youngi was never the most talented person in Kara Project but her charm pulled her over the top. DSP's top trainee also in Kara Project, Sojin committed suicide because she didn't make it as an idol. Youngi has made a considerable amount of money compared to other idols from her time in Kara, more than a lot of other groups because Kara was popular in Japan. Like every idol who makes it Youngi got lucky. She is known to the public and if she keeps working at it can easily move her career to acting if music doesn't work out.

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krell 18 days ago 0
18 days ago

I *agree* with you, in that the K-pop Agencies seem to have their TRAINEES spend ZERO TIME on any ALTERNATE career path to being a K-pop Idol. There have been numerous incidents where someone is a TRAINEE for like 7 Years, and they NEVER do even Debut with a K-pop Group. Of course, ALL of the TRAINEES are going to 'end up' in the manner of BTS Group members? I would add that, in 'defense' of the Big3 Agencies (SMe ; YGe ; JYPe), that at least THOSE allow their TRAINEES to LEAVE with ZERO DEBT LOAD. Whereas, OTHER 'lesser' K-pop Agencies are looking to COLLECT *significant* DEBT from TRAINEES, no matter what. One WONDERS say how many of the Female TRAINEES are eventually 'encouraged' to become active in the ESCORT BUSINESS (Sex Trade) of S.KOREA.

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krell 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

https://www.allkpop.com/article/2018/02/youngji-admits-shes-currently-dating-guckkastens-ha-hyun-woo

YOUNGJI (Age 25 ; KARA4) in a dating relationship with (GUCKKASTEN Band) Ha Hyun Woo (Age 38)

WONDER if YOUNGJI still has this (above) personal relationship happening with her.

Anyway, undoubtedly YOUNGJI was HOPING that KARA4 Group would continue for two more years beyond what it did. But the CORE3 members (GYURI, SEUNGYEON, HARA) had done the K-pop Bop enough, and declined to renew CONTRACT offers with DSP Agency (KARA4). The CORE3 members wanted to start transitioning into Acting Roles work. The longer that you WAIT on that, the OLDER in AGE that you are, and the more DIFFICULT that transition can be (to Acting Roles). At least DSP Agency kept finding *some* K-Entertainment work for YOUNGJI after KARA4 Group ended. She got to promote with APRIL Group in JAPAN. And also, did the 'HIDDEN Cameo' feature in KARD Group's Debut Song. And did some K-TV Guest appearances too.

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krell 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

YOUNGJI is NOT an 'In House' developed TRAINEE of DSP Agency either. Rather YOUNGJI was with MBK (CCM ; T-ARA, DIA) Agency for three years (?). Before joining DSP as TRAINEE and winning the 'KARA Project' TV Show 'open spot' with KARA4 Group (NICOLE and JIYOUNG had chosen to leave KARA5).

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ko0kie76 18 days ago 1
18 days ago

I was really not surprised when the 'unnies' decided not to continue their contract with DSP. You can't imagine just how much distress they've suffered because of DSP. I was even kinda shocked they wanted to continue at all when Nicole and Jiyoung wanted out. I feel sorry for Youngji but I'm glad she gained that experience of being a member of KARA.

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krell 18 days ago 0
18 days ago

(KARA5) HARA and SEUNGYEON own like OFFICE BUILDINGS (Real Estate) in SEOUL city. Where the VALUE of it is greater than $2 MILLION USD. NOT sure they own it exactly 'free and clear' with no debt. But, DSP Agency and KARA5 Group is NOT a very good example of K-pop Group member abuse, in my view. JIYOUNG (KARA5) is now fairly successful in JAPAN (has AGENCY there). And NICOLE and JIYOUNG were offered RENEWAL CONTRACTS, and *chose* to leave KARA5 Group. And the CORE3 members of KARA4 (along with YOUNGJI) were offered a two years more RENEWAL CONTRACT, that they DECLINED to do that (keep going with KARA4). But see it as you choose.

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Wang_Sejung 19 days ago 9
19 days ago

Unni for responsible and hard working people stress is something usual. I remember when I was studying 17h per day to get accepted in prestigious Seoul national University I had stress too. But later on with hard work I succeeded to get in this prestigious University and finally get my Phd in French literature, I don't have any more stress, since I am a successful person. I believe the girls who decided to go to their own way and disbanded Kara made a big mistake. They are not very active neither successful, and I am sure they are all regretting their choice, the most successful is Seugyeon who is an actress now and did few great jobs like " Age of Youth", Hara tried to participate in some show but dated a piece of shit who assaulted her and has her sex tape and god knows when Hara sex tape will surface in the internet. Park Gyuri is doing nothing good, Nicole neither and Jiyoung is forced to do soft porn for pervert Japs. It's pity that such successful music band was disbanded but work hard Youngji unni and I am certain you will be successful like me!


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MidnightKpop 19 days ago 6
19 days ago

Successful...oh really? The notorious wang_sejung, tell me of your success since leaving the prestigious Seoul National University. Stress will always be present. It's how you deal with them that defines you. All of the disbanded Kara girls are coping the best they know how. I hope they can lean on each other through their strong bond from years of performing together. It does seems like life has been hard on some of the girls since disbandment but they can be proud knowing they have left their significant mark on kpop history.

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Wang_Sejung 19 days ago 5
19 days ago

I am looking for a job. I am going to a lot of interview and 'm confident with my degree from the prestigious Seoul National University I will find soon a very good position in a very good company.

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mshajarrazip 18 days ago 1
18 days ago

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA a PhD in FRENCH LITERATURE! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Boy :'-D I like how you made sure to include the adjective "prestigious" with every mention of the university. This is so hillarious it's hard to believe for me you're not trolling. LoLoL God bless you and good luck. :'-D

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Wang_Sejung 18 days ago 0
18 days ago

Moron, you don't know the prestigious Seoul National University? One of the best University in the world! All of our elites are graduated from SNU

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