9 Idols Who Overcame Extreme Hardships In Order To Debut

For some of the most successful idols in the industry, it was their eagerness to escape poverty and hardship that helped push them to where they are today.

1. IU

When IU was a child her parents were so deep in debt that they couldn’t afford to take care of both her and her younger brother, because of this IU was raised by her grandmother. She was also scammed into paying fake companies that tricked her into thinking that she was accepted as a trainee.

2. BTS’s V

V has stated in multiple interviews that he grew up without hardly any money. He grew up in a family of farmers who lived far from Seoul, and he worked extremely hard to leave his family’s lifestyle and become successful as an entertainer.


3. Super Junior’s Leeteuk

Leeteuk always seems so happy and bright that it’s hard to imagine him in a bleak situation. However, he has mentioned that not only did he come from a poor family, he witnessed many fights between his parents. He even confessed that his father used to beat him as well.

4. 2NE1’s Sandara Park

Sandara Park’s struggles started from her father who secretly had a second family in Korea. He eventually left them and took all the money with him, leaving Sandara to care for her family financially.

5. TVXQ!’s Yunho

It’s hard to imagine a guy looking this good sleeping on the streets, but that’s what Yunho went through in his childhood. When he was in his teens his father went through the financial trouble which put stress on the family. When he left to become a trainee on his own,  and even slept at train stations some nights.

6. JYJ’s Jaejoong

Jaejoong may look like he comes straight from royalty but he also suffered extreme hardships. After running away from home, he worked several jobs including being a waiter. At times when he didn’t even have enough money to eat, he donated blood in order to receive money to feed himself.

7. BTS’s Suga

In an interview, Suga revealed that he grew up poor. He stated, “After we debuted, I went back to the dorm and sat there blankly staring. I could not believe me, a kid from a poor Daegu family would be able to make it.”

8. KARA’s Goo Hara

Goo Hara, despite looking like nobility, was born into poverty. Her parents also divorced when she was only 7. As a result, she was raised by her grandparents. She was constantly bullied when she was in elementary school and this gave her strong motivation to become a singer.

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9. Seo In Guk

Super Star K completely changed Seo In Guk‘s life for the better. His hardships also helped turn him into the man we now know. For example, before he became a singer, his family would very rarely have chicken. When they did, they would save the bones to cook broth with, so they didn’t have to spend money on further meals.

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