K-Pop idols are loved and appreciated by fans worldwide. However, when a fan crosses the line into stalker territory, things can quickly become disturbing. Often referred to as “sasaengs” or “sasaeng fans,” these obsessive individuals are willing to invade idols’ privacy and acquire their personal information. This intrusive behavior can be extremely damaging and unsafe to the artist’s personal lives.
Sometimes, sasaengs can go as far as getting an idol’s phone number from unknown sources and call them during live streams to check if they have the correct number. When this happens, idols can become extremely uncomfortable, try to ignore the situation, or even call out the stalkers. Here are a few moments when sasaengs interrupted live streams.
1. Jungkook (BTS)
Jungkook shared that he was scared when the phone calls kept coming in during his livestream from a hotel room.
— kimi 🏁 stream rush hour!! (@YOURGIRlkimi) April 5, 2022
2. Cha Eunwoo (ASTRO)
Eunwoo’s stream cut out for a second due to the sasaeng’s phone call. He tried to brush it off but fans could easily spot his discomfort.
อ๋อ สรุปกลางไลฟ์ที่มันกระตุกๆไปคือมีคนพยายามโทรป่วนอึนอูเหรอ😑 เวงเง้ยยยยยยยย ก็ว่าอยู่ดีๆกระตุก พอกลับมาอีกทีคือพี่ถอนหายใจแล้ว1 อยากสาป pic.twitter.com/X2XRieTZud
— ᴄʜᴀʏᴀ ◡̈ (@cewycha) September 21, 2022
3. Jimin (BTS)
During a livestream from Chicago, Jimin’s phone kept buzzing. He told fans to stop calling him.
4. Jungkook (BTS)
Jungkook boldly called out sasaeng fans who kept calling him.
So a sasaeng called Jungkook today during the vlive. Which means they have his number. This is also the first time Jungkook has ever said “sasaeng” during a live. pic.twitter.com/nBa0EfrEAs
— Sasaeng Reports 🚫 (@SasaengReports) June 16, 2019
5. Taeyong (NCT)
Taeyong’s first reaction to the call was to think about changing his phone number.
Everyone in nct react to sasaeng: 🙄😒🙅🏻♀️
Meanwhile lee taeyong: pic.twitter.com/fg9P3FAgl1
— ｡◕ ᴗ ◕｡ (@tyongmongie) May 7, 2020
6. Baekhyun (EXO)
Baekhyun made it clear that he loves his EXO-Ls, but hates sasaengs.
baekhyun was so brave for this and i love it pic.twitter.com/zxZxonalnR
— 큥 (@diorsbbh) October 1, 2021
7. Minhyuk (MONSTA X)
Minhyuk was visibly upset during his birthday livestream when sasaeng fans called him.
사생 out 사생 out pic.twitter.com/ktou7TDj0v
— 또뭉₍ᐢ ᵕ ༚ ᵕ ᐢ₎ෆ (@seraphix0x) November 3, 2021
8. Dayeon (Kep1er)
Dayeon was genuinely confused when an unknown number called her that is presumably a sasaeng.
In Chaeda’s live a sasaeng called Dayeon on live to confirm if they got the real number!looks like they arent aware of those things! W1 please protect the girls and I hope some fans will know their place (ib: iwuvyutu on tiktok) pic.twitter.com/AmBOV3jrgG
— BECCA ⑨ || SUGAR RUSH (@flow1ers) August 7, 2022
9. Sehun (EXO)
Sehun gave up changing his number since it won’t deter the stalkers.
Please don’t call me, I’m requesting you. I receive over a hundred calls a day, but I’m not changing my number on purpose. Even if I change it, I’ll receive calls, so that’s even more troublesome to do so. So I made decided to just not change it.
— EXO’s Sehun
Wonho told fans that they should not call him directly and that he sometimes gets calls all night.
During today's live, Wonho received a call from a sasaeng.
He said that he receives calls and messages from Wenees all night and that he knows this is because Wenees loves him, but to call directly like that, is not to be a Wenee. Please stop calling him, respect him, please! 💜 pic.twitter.com/0Rt25askTG
— Wonho Global Union (@WHGlobalUnion) October 5, 2020
11. Changbin (Stray Kids)
Changbin took one glance to know that he wasn’t answering this sasaeng’s phone call.
aside from how annoying the sasaeng is, why changbin put his phone in his selangkangan?????? https://t.co/sZqDagIMlm
— 릴락🌟 (@limerenescent) August 1, 2021
12. Wooyoung (ATEEZ)
He pleaded with fans to not call him while they’re live.
🦊: we're in the middle of a live, you shouldn't call
you guys keep calling jongho, but it's not a good thing to do
🐻: i was trying to pretend i didn’t know, but it's true..
🦊: do not do it!!
🐻: you shouldn't do that
🦊: don't do that, we're doing a live now pic.twitter.com/nk8hZEToHX
— ALL ABOUT ATEEZ ⩜⃝🏴☠️ (@allabout_atz) January 17, 2022