BTOB‘s Sungjae is not extremely active on some of his social media accounts but took the time to return to Twitter to call out a stalker following a year-long hiatus from the app.
K-Pop idols often have to deal with stalker fans, also known as sasaeng fans, invading their privacy at all times. This can range from actual assaults on artists like the physical attacks that TVXQ members Changmin and Yunho have dealt with over the years, to these “fans” harassing idols at all hours at the places they visit and live. NCT‘s Taeyong recently described the stress that sasaeng fans cause him by calling his phone.
221027 Taeyong ig live
Don't call me, it really stresses me out. The people who called are the minority but they are really selfish. I really don’t know why they do such a selfish thing just for their own gain. Don't call me. pic.twitter.com/UWhGLsduih
— 어둠속의빛♡ FINE on TY Soundcloud (@TyonggTyonggg) October 27, 2022
In a previous video, K-Rapper and YouTuber Grace Kim shared that sasaengs will often work at companies where they can access celebrity information like telephone companies, credit card companies, and internet sites. From there some of these fans will sell the information on sites like Instagram and Twitter.
This is exactly what was happening to Sungjae causing his unexpected return to Twitter. A Twitter account with the handle @ou_selly posted several times that it had not only Sungjae’s cell phone number but other members of BTOB as well.
It’s not clear how Sungjae saw the tweets by this account as the last time it seems like he was active on Twitter was in November 2021, but he was about to call them out over this matter.
저기 그러다 신고당해요…
— 육성재 (@BTOB_6SJ) November 20, 2022
Excuse me, you’re going to get reported doing that…
— BTOB’s Sungjae
It seems like the call-out worked, and the tweet with his information was removed for violating Twitter’s rules.
Not long after, fans called for other Melody (BTOB’s fan club name) to continue to report the account, leading to its suspension from Twitter completely.
Sungjae-ah, thank you for giving me a job when there are no updates from you, my life is so boring after The Golden Spoon 😅#CallAMelo Melody! Lets report her account! She is still selling the contact of BTOB and other Idols too! Lets spam her DM as well, kkk pic.twitter.com/3eqhv7Se27
— 6Jae (@dwiiraraa) November 20, 2022
While idols are not always able to fight back against stalkers, it’s nice to see that Sungjae was able to stop this account from selling his personal information!