Usually, in the K-Pop industry, artists are often required to maintain an unblemished, polished persona in front of fans. But sometimes, idols break through all the filtering, as a third-generation girl group member has done recently.
The idol in question is Solar of MAMAMOO.
Since her debut, Solar has always been an honest person, be it with fans or on screen. As a performer, she breaks boundaries with her skills, be it the powerhouse vocals, enchanting pole dancing skills, or her eagerness to embrace unconventional looks, including a shaved head and unibrows.
YONG WITH A UNIBROW :0000 pic.twitter.com/mXHJBhL6ZW
— (CLOSED) Fio | Byulberrypie Archive (@Byulberrypie) October 26, 2020
On the other hand, as a celebrity, she is someone you can trust to keep it real with her fans. From sharing the not-so-glamorous secrets that keep female idols from sweating on stage to casually showing off her body hair on a YouTube video, Solar never shies away from showing the real behind the reel.
Keeping the same honest attitude with fans, she recently shared an update on the fan-messaging platform Bubble. Solar uploaded a picture of her head, pointing out that she has started developing hair loss symptoms thanks to the stress of her current activities. It was her hair stylist who first noticed the patch on her head.
While she mentioned that it was her own ambitions that led to so much stress, fans are worried that her agency is failing to manage her activities as a part of MAMAMOO+, a subunit consisting of Solar and Moonbyul. The duo has been touring across South East and East Asian countries on a tight schedule. Before this, Solar has had back-to-back activities, starting from her solo album Face to debuting as a musical actress, to working on MAMAMOO’s album, to the group’s world tour.
However, Solar assured fans in her post that there is nothing to worry about and she will get treated for the condition.
Yongsun just shared on that due to the Fancon stress (mostly because of her own ambitions for the Fancon) she got a spot baldness (alopecia). Her hairstylist (Theo) is the one who saw it.
She will get a injection for it and is asking moomoos not to worry ☺️ pic.twitter.com/p1upkfX1Fy
— Knightly MMM (@knightlymmm1) October 4, 2023
The singer recently performed at a festival in Poland, where she also seemed to have enjoyed a vacation for a few days. Fans are hoping that her stress levels are now lessened, and she can get the rest she needs even after that.
I know everyone talks about how yong is always booked and busy but now she NEEDS to rest, but a real rest, I hope she get well soon because I can’t imagine how stressed she must be for this to happen https://t.co/vzieaAjro5
— 🦋kiwi IN the mood (@swfstagram) October 4, 2023
Ultimate sign to leave RBW. It's already this bad. https://t.co/UMpXuRNryD
— さいこうｒａｎ is IN THE MOOD🍇 for CHILI 🌶 (@DaechWHEEta417) October 4, 2023
Alopecia is no joke 😰 I know the shots help, but it shouldn't be the solution. Yong needs an actual break so her mind can slow down and she can properly rest. She's given so much of her already but it shouldn't be at the cost of her health and/or mental wellbeing 💔 https://t.co/3LkGwMuWeB
— emi ❖⁷ (@chaotic_emily) October 4, 2023
Yong really is an admirable person. Sharing that when alopecia and hair-related issues are a sensitive topic for a lot of women is really brave. I hope she finds time to relax and feels less pressure in the future❤️ https://t.co/vevvIOSaF5
— Chipotage ❖ WHEE(IN THE MOOD) 12/10 (@Chipotage) October 4, 2023