Choi Jin-ri, known to many fans as Sulli, has passed away. She caught the attention of K-pop fanatics the world over as a feisty beauty under the girl group f(x), whose hits include Hot Summer and Pinocchio, and later on continued a solo career. Passing on at 25 years old, she was gone too soon.
Similar to some K-pop idols, a simple Google search about Sulli yields results about controversies that peppered her colourful career. Headlines about petty issues ran alongside her name and accomplishments, like fans scrutinising her for simply posting about her cat or her outfit choices or past relationships — all of which should not have defined her.
Sadly, this isn't the first time Korean idols — and celebrities in general — had their mental health compromised by interactions with fans. This can be disheartening since fans are supposed to be their inspirations and motivations in the industry. In memory of Sulli, the others that have gone before her, and our current idols, let's talk — as fans — about how to be more mindful towards our Asian idols.