One of the EXO members is under fire for a remark he made about depression during a fan signing event three days ago. During the event, a fan had shared with Baekhyun her experience battling with depression.
After that conversation, he spoke to the fans about the mental health problem and said, “I think there are people who are depressed present here. If I have to say it honestly, I don’t understand the reason for depression or insomnia. I’m not criticising people, and I understand that people can’t have positive thoughts all the time, but don’t you have good people around you? You have friends and even me. If you all always smile while looking at the EXO members and me, I think that would be good.”
The audio of him saying that was circulated online, sparking a flurry of angry comments from netizens. Some questioned why he would say such a thing when his label mate and good friend Jonghyun just passed away due to depression, while others went as far as wishing for Baekhyun himself to be depressed. Netizens also started trending a hashtag on Twitter, demanding for his apology.
While some fans initially accused a Twitter user of mistranslating his words, they later clarified that his words were taken out of context.
The fan whom shared her depression experience with Baekhyun took it to social media to clarify that Baekhyun did not have any ill intentions and helped her feel happier after the fan meet. She said that she could see sincerity in his eyes as he listened to her story.
She also said the audio was partially cut, and it shouldn’t be used to judge what he really said.
Baekhyun took it to Instagram today to apologise for his remarks.
“Truthfully, I’ve been afraid and sensitive about depression recently. But as I was speaking to the fan, I became worried and panicked. … When a fan told me at a fan sign, which should be filled with happiness and joy, a serious story, I quickly thought to myself, if I part with this fan without talking to her about it, I wouldn’t have a chance to next time. I wanted to say something to comfort her since she said she likes me, I wanted my words to be a source of strength to her at that point in time. After talking to that fan, and even at the end of the day, I was in deep thoughts about that. So I thought besides that fan, there might be others who came who also had depression or might be having a tough time, and wanted to tell them that there are EXO members and good people by their side, and they should cheer up, but I [might have] said that part casually.
I didn’t have time to put my words together in my head and deliver it in such a short time. I regret my choice of words and language at that time. I really just wanted to give [everyone] comfort and strength.
Even as I’m writing this, I wonder if there’ll be a mistake here. But I really wanted to apologise from the bottom of my heart. I also wanted to apologise to that fan and everyone who has been hurt by this. In future, I’ll be more careful with my words and behaviour.”
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안녕하세요 백현입니다. 12월 30일 팬사인회 현장에서 있었던 제 발언과 관련해 직접 사과를 드리고 싶어서 이렇게 글을 올립니다. 저는 사실 요즘 우울증에 대해 많이 겁이나 있고 과민한 상태였어요. 그런데 현장에서 그 팬분과 꽤 많은 이야기를 나누면서 너무 걱정이 됐고 덜컥 겁이 났어요. 제가 행복하게 해주고 싶은 팬이 즐거움으로 가득 차야 하는 팬사인회에서 저에게 털어놓은 이야기가 꽤 심각하게 느껴졌고, 이 팬과 오늘 이 자리에서 헤어지면 다시는 이야기를 나눌 수 없다는 생각에 마음이 많이 조급했던 것 같아요. 한 마디라도 더 위로하고 싶었고 저를 좋아한다고 했으니까 제 말이 힘이 될 수 있을 텐데라는 생각에 오늘 이 자리에서 빨리 어떻게든 해주고 싶었어요. 그 팬 분과 이야기 한 후 팬사인회가 끝날 때까지 그 생각에 빠져 있었던 것 같아요..그래서 그 팬분은 물론 현장에 오신 팬 분들께도 우울하고 힘든 일이 있어도 엑소는 물론 옆에 좋은 분들이 있으니 힘내시라는 말을 하는 과정에서, 경솔하게 말한 부분이 있었습니다. 제 마음을 짧은 시간에 잘 정리해서 전달할 수 있는 능력도 없으면서 섣부르게 말을 꺼냈어요. 제가 그 순간 왜 그런 말, 단어를 선택했는 지 후회됩니다. 정말 위로하고 힘을 내라고 하고 싶은 마음뿐이었는데.. 지금 이 글을 쓰고 있는 중에도 또 제 글에 실수가 있지는 않을까 두려워요. 하지만 진심으로 사과드리고 싶어요. 그 팬분께도 죄송하고 이 일로 인해 상처받은 모든 분들에게 죄송하다는 말씀 드리고 싶습니다. 앞으로는 말과 행동을 더욱 신중히 하는 백현이 되겠습니다.
While we get what he’s try to say, we agree his choice of words could have been better. But to that person who wished for Baekhyun to have depression just because his words got misconstrued, not cool, sis/bro.
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