AceShowbiz - EXO's Baekhyun has come under fire for his choice of words regarding depression and has issued an apology for that. The controversy first started after Baekhyun told a fan who suffers from depression to stop taking her medication during the group's fansign event on December 30.
In a now-deleted fan-captured video, the singer could be heard saying, "It seems that there are those who are experiencing depression as well. If I were to voice my thoughts, I don't know why people become ill with depression and insomnia." He added, "I'm not criticizing it. I know you can't force yourself to only think good thought, but there are good people around you. You have friends, and you have me and the members."
The clip immediately went viral and many people took to social media to slam the South Korean heartthrob. However, the fan in question soon posted multiple statements regarding the conversation, clarifying that she personally had been very comforted and encouraged by what he said to her.
The singer himself shared on Instagram on January 2 a lengthy message to apologize for what he said during the event. "I am writing this post because I wish to personally apologize for my comments from the fan sign event on December 30," he began.
He went on saying that he also felt a lot of fear towards the topic of depression. Thus, when the fan told him about her depression, he became "really worried and suddenly afraid. At a fansign that should be filled with joy, I really felt the gravity of what she, a fan that I wanted to make happy, was confiding to me."
"I wanted to tell her at least one more word of comfort," he continued. "And I wanted to do quickly just do anything for her [during the event] at the thought that my words could maybe become a source of strength to her, since she had said she liked me."
Baekhyun then said that he regretted his action because he just wanted to comfort and cheer up the fan, saying that there were good people like EXO by her side when she felt depressed. He also admitted that he didn't have the ability to "organize and express my intentions in a short period of time."
"I'm afraid even while writing this that I might have made a mistake again in this post," he concluded. "However, I want to sincerely apologize. I'm sorry to that fan, and I wish to apologize to everyone who felt hurt due to this matter. I will become a 'Baekhyun' who is more prudent about his words and actions moving forward."
안녕하세요 백현입니다. 12월 30일 팬사인회 현장에서 있었던 제 발언과 관련해 직접 사과를 드리고 싶어서 이렇게 글을 올립니다. 저는 사실 요즘 우울증에 대해 많이 겁이나 있고 과민한 상태였어요. 그런데 현장에서 그 팬분과 꽤 많은 이야기를 나누면서 너무 걱정이 됐고 덜컥 겁이 났어요. 제가 행복하게 해주고 싶은 팬이 즐거움으로 가득 차야 하는 팬사인회에서 저에게 털어놓은 이야기가 꽤 심각하게 느껴졌고, 이 팬과 오늘 이 자리에서 헤어지면 다시는 이야기를 나눌 수 없다는 생각에 마음이 많이 조급했던 것 같아요. 한 마디라도 더 위로하고 싶었고 저를 좋아한다고 했으니까 제 말이 힘이 될 수 있을 텐데라는 생각에 오늘 이 자리에서 빨리 어떻게든 해주고 싶었어요. 그 팬 분과 이야기 한 후 팬사인회가 끝날 때까지 그 생각에 빠져 있었던 것 같아요..그래서 그 팬분은 물론 현장에 오신 팬 분들께도 우울하고 힘든 일이 있어도 엑소는 물론 옆에 좋은 분들이 있으니 힘내시라는 말을 하는 과정에서, 경솔하게 말한 부분이 있었습니다. 제 마음을 짧은 시간에 잘 정리해서 전달할 수 있는 능력도 없으면서 섣부르게 말을 꺼냈어요. 제가 그 순간 왜 그런 말, 단어를 선택했는 지 후회됩니다. 정말 위로하고 힘을 내라고 하고 싶은 마음뿐이었는데.. 지금 이 글을 쓰고 있는 중에도 또 제 글에 실수가 있지는 않을까 두려워요. 하지만 진심으로 사과드리고 싶어요. 그 팬분께도 죄송하고 이 일로 인해 상처받은 모든 분들에게 죄송하다는 말씀 드리고 싶습니다. 앞으로는 말과 행동을 더욱 신중히 하는 백현이 되겠습니다.