Being a K-Pop idol used to be a dream career, but more recently, netizens have seen the darker side of the industry, including the standards of beauty.
One idol that recently showed the impact of words and the negativity they can leave is TREASURE‘s Haruto.
Since debuting, Haruto has always wowed netizens with his unreal talent, visuals, and charm. When he gets on stage, the idol always makes a huge impact and steals the hearts of everyone, including those who might not actively stan TREASURE.
Yet, a recent comment made by the idol has showcased that words from netizens can impact even the most confident stars.
Back in September, TREASURE arrived at the airport for an overseas schedule. Yet, fans hit back at Korean netizens and media outlets after many focused on Haruto’s “weight gain” in a negative way. While international netizens defended the idol, it became a hot topic on forums.
Yet, while it’s been a month since the photos, and it’s not being spoken about, Haruto has showcased the impact that words can have.
On October 19, Haruto went on Weverse to do a live voice broadcast and chat with fans.
Haruto is known for his cheerful and positive attitude, but netizens shared their sadness when the idol revealed that he was on a diet and the reasons for doing it.
In particular, when speaking about it, he explained that he did it because of “a weird picture” that was released. Many netizens assumed it was those from the airport that had caused such a stir online.
I’m dieting right now since there was a weird picture that has been released once. So I’m currently dieting. And I already quit drinking Cola, and I also ate one meal a day.
When the audio was released online, it’s not surprising that TREASURE fans shared their anger towards netizens who had made negative comments. In particular, it showcases how idols are aware of what’s being said and how it can impact them negatively.
so haruto actually knew about that one picture that he’s now on a diet… he quit drinking cola and only a eat one meal a day… what a cruel world we’re living in really
— 젤리 (@wtnbaeru) October 19, 2023
Haruto currently on diet just because of that one photo that has been spread before? The way he knew about the issue, I can’t imagine how he feels. But honestly, there's nothing wrong with THAT photo :(((
— 스타규 (@raraesthetics) October 19, 2023
haruto is the most confident person i've ever seen, and hearing he's saying he wants to go on a diet because he saw a weird photo of him at the airport including the comment… i can't imagine how much hateful comments he received until he got like that. that's hurt😔💔
— er🦋 (@watanabewyou) October 19, 2023
While idols seem strong and confident, they are only human, and words impact them as it does to all of us. It’s not surprising that netizens are sad for Haruto because he felt the need to change his lifestyle and diet because of negative comments.