Recently, Seulgi of Red Velvet did an interview with Esquire magazine where she explained some of her past mental struggles and how she has developed such a strong mental fortitude.
Q: Because of your calm tendencies, people say your mentality is strong. I also think it’s because you try to change your nervous energy to try to feel more stable. Being stable can make you look calm.
I think so too. When I was younger, I used to think “I’m really mentally strong” but I really don’t think that’s what it was. Of course, there ares times when I am swamped with emotions and it gets hard. However, I overcome it because I want to beat it.
Q: Were you born with this personality?
It’s part of my personality but I also work at it really hard. I know if I fall into it, my mentality can break down. Things that can become good easily turn into bad so I immediately try to stop it. I learned to stop it.
Q: From who (did you learn this)?
From myself. I’ve experienced it all. There was a time when my emotions hit rock bottom and I couldn’t stop bawling. But the results never turn out good. I realised that if you don’t purposely bring out your emotions, and instead try to talk more positively then you’ll be able to come out of it.
Q: When was it when your emotions hit rock bottom?
The first time when I was a trainee. After I went through that I realised I could overcome anything. But, recently? I think those emotions just come every once in a while. This happened when I was a trainee and I would suddenly think “Am I doing well?”. These thoughts would pop into my head once or twice even after I debuted. Sometimes I wonder, “Am I really doing well? What do I need to work on?”
Seulgi was surprisingly candid about her emotions and struggles in this interview.