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 MBLAQ, Jung 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'.