On September 23, SMTOWN LIVE 2023 SMCU PALACE JAKARTA, an event held by SM Entertainment, took place at the GBK stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. The lineup of performers at the event included TVXQ, Super Junior, Red Velvet, NCT 127, NCT Dream, WayV, aespa, and RIIZE.
It had been announced earlier in the day that Irene would be sitting out of Red Velvet’s performance due to health concerns, so it came as a surprise when she ended up appearing on stage and performing with the rest of her group despite being visibly unwell.
this is so hard to watch ☹️ rest well irene pic.twitter.com/tpbCbiutLB
— Elle 🍰 (@chobomseulrene) September 23, 2023
It was clear that she was determined to give fans a showcase with all five of Red Velvet’s members, and ReVeluvs were touched by her strength and willpower to get through what was clearly a difficult performance for her.
Look at Irene’s hand… it looks like she had an IV drip 😭 IRENE, PLEASE REST AFTER. You proved to us always that you LOVE us, but we also love you so much. Your health will always be our TOP priority. Your members and us, your luvies, will ALWAYS understand 😭 pic.twitter.com/1njmTRPEve
— nyum 🐱🍓 (@ailouroshyun) September 23, 2023
Her fellow members showed support for her, giving her a shoulder to lean on — sometimes literally — during their time on stage. But it wasn’t just Red Velvet’s members that were looking out for Irene, but other fellow SM Entertainment artists as well.
Notably, aespa’s leader Karina reached out to Irene at one point during the concert, taking Irene’s hand and seeming to ask if she was doing alright. Irene nods in return to whatever she said, to which Karina gives her a sympathetic and supportive look.
Karina holds Irene’s hand and it seems like she asked if Irene is okay😭 pic.twitter.com/J6TJCYtdNn
— karina’s wife (@ujiminphoria) September 23, 2023
Though the moment was brief, fans were touched by the show of support between the girl group leaders.
Karina asking if her mom is okay, precious little daughter 🥺❣️
— EyeWearMaster👓 (@eyewearyou_29X) September 23, 2023
MY PRETTY GIRLS
— kalila. (@lcarus_fall) September 23, 2023
They are love ❤️🛐
— 𝘼𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙖🦋 (@AhanaTweets_) September 23, 2023
Karina is known for her kind heart and being a supportive friend, so the gesture wasn’t a surprise to her fans!
one thing about karina is she’s gon to be a sweetheart always reaching out and trying to comfort others nobody should even be speaking bad on her after this 😭 https://t.co/80GEAwr19U
— ify ʚїɞ (@ning1stan) September 23, 2023
karina is the sweetest baby ever I see why everyone in the industry is friends with her or wants to be 😭 https://t.co/rJ0MvBGYus
— 💙 (@katarinabluusgf) September 23, 2023
i love them and me being a rv and aespa stan, my heart is winning. https://t.co/ED0JMLDKk7
— ace °•°• (@gorgaeul_) September 24, 2023
karina is the biggest girl’s girl i just love her https://t.co/6krB72FT61
— x (@ningrinarchive) September 23, 2023
Karina is so sweet Irene ahhh I hope you feel better soon 🏻 https://t.co/PzwB6YY25u
— Dee 💜💙 (@MidDeutTaeng) September 23, 2023
We hope that Irene is able to get some well-deserved rest after this event!