HyunA Opens Up About Her Struggle With Her Illness, As Well As The Guilt That She Felt Because Of It

“Vasovagal syncope occurs by certain triggers…”

In a recent episode of Jessi’s Showterview, Jessi finally welcomed sexy queen HyunA as a guest!

As the two P Nation artists got talking, HyunA opened up about her experience with vasovagal syncope and the guilt she felt when it led to a postponement of her comeback.


HyunA was previously slated for an August 2020 comeback with a full album and a pre-release single, “Good Girl”. The release, however, ended up being pushed back indefinitely because her condition began flaring up.

On Jessi’s Showterview, during the profile rewriting segment, HyunA revealed that she was 97 pounds (44 kilograms), about which Jessi was doubtful!

You’re not 44 kilograms. That’s because, ever since I’ve known her, right now, she’s the skinniest she’s ever been. I’d say like around…38 kilos?

— Jessi

But after confirmation from HyunA that her weight is in fact 44-45 kilograms, HyunA revealed why that weight range was so important for her to maintain!

Vasovagal syncope occurs by certain triggers, such as low weight, stress, and emotional distress that leads to fainting. That means, I gotta have some weight. But I become hypersensitive during promotions, so I have to be more careful when I’m sensitive. So I try to maintain 45 kilograms for my health.

— HyunA

HyunA then talked about the frustration with having to deal with such a condition, and her guilt toward fans who have been waiting for her for a long time.

This really frustrated me; that I couldn’t be able to stand on stage. I was so sorry that I couldn’t keep my promise with my fans…which [made the condition] worse. So I thought, ‘This is not right. I have to act more naturally’. I tried to relax.

Since then, I’ve been working on my comeback slowly, but not to the point of overdoing it. I won’t say that I’m fully cured, but I feel a lot better than before.

— HyunA

After listening to HyunA pour her heart out, Jessi shared some supportive words — and we’re all about this sisterhood!

Her fans, she has a big overseas fandom… And I [told them], ‘She’s doing well, don’t worry. She’ll appear on TV soon.’

‘HyunA is suffering from her illness,’ I said, ‘and if you’re her real fan, you can give her some space and wait.’

— Jessi

Jessi (left) and HyunA (right). |@hyunah_aa/ Instagram

HyunA made her recent comeback with the mini album I’m Not Cool, with a title track of the same name. Watch the MV here!