KUALA LUMPUR: Most K-Pop fans are dedicated to their idols but one girl had apparently taken the act of being a fanatic to a detrimental level.
According to Koreaboo, a recent episode of South Korean talk show Hello Counselor had featured a middle school student named Yuna who is an ultra-obsessive fan of popular male music group Seventeen.
It was revealed that she would be late to school for at least twice a week, skip school for a day sometimes and would frequently fall asleep during classes.
Yuna explained that she would spend most of her time watching videos of Seventeen and follow the group to their various appointments around town.
Apparently, she had once waited outside Music Bank from about 4am for four hours just to catch a glimpse of the 13 members of the group entering the building.
The girl would sometimes not even return home for over a day just so she could follow her idols around.
Yuna eventually didn’t complete her school year due to her habit of skipping classes and missing her school tests, which has now resulted in her having to retake her third year in middle school.
“I went over the 60 days limit of missing school, so I was held back. I feel there’s no use in regretting it. I have to redo the year no matter what anyways,” she said.
Yuna also revealed that she has so far spent over 12 million won (about RM44,000) of her father’s money on her K-Pop idols’ merchandise!
When her father refused to pay for her obsessive habit, she simply got a part-time job instead.
Yuna’s father, who had also appeared on the show, eventually broke down as he talked about his daughter’s behaviour.
“My heart breaks because of my daughter. It’s been hard. Our whole family is very busy. Since she’s the youngest, I think she started having this hobby because of loneliness. I work in the clothing section of the Dongdaemun Market. I go to work by 1pm and come home in the middle of the night,” he said.
The show also featured a surprise video message from Seventeen to Yuna, in which the boys urged her not to neglect her studies and school.
“I heard that a student named Yuna is disregarding her studies and school because of us. We’re thankful that you love us so much but we’re very upset to hear that you’re disregarding your studies and school,” they said in the clip.
They added: “If we hear that you’re doing well in school, we will invite you to our concert! Yuna, we hope you work hard, and have a blessed new year. We’re cheering for your happiness!”
Thankfully, Yuna promised to turn her life around and to focus on school after listening to the various concerns expressed by her family, friends who were present during the show and Seventeen.
She said: “I won’t skip school or be tardy. I will become a Carat (Seventeen fan) that fulfils everything you just said.”