Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon (Picture from Soompi)

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite being beautiful, successful and a member of legendary K-Pop group Girls’ Generation, Taeyeon recently opened up about her ongoing battle with depression.

According to Soompi, the 30-year-old idol revealed the current state of her mental health during an Instagram Story session yesterday which also featured an informal Q&A with fans.

She initially answered questions like, “Are you doing well?”, “Did you watch soccer last night?” and “Do you read YouTube comments?”, with a simple “No”.

When asked about her method of getting over a slump, the SM Entertainment artiste answered with: “I’m not good at getting over it, so I just live in a slump.”

Queries about her recent low-key status on social media saw her answering with: “I’ve been sick for the past while. Please understand why I’ve refrained (from posting on social media). Thank you and I’m sorry.”

Her abrupt responses resulted in a fan poking her verbally with: “Is this bipolar disorder? Tsk tsk.”

Taeyeon then wrote back: “No, I am suffering from depression. I am working hard to get better through treatment with antidepressants. Whether it’s depression or bipolar disorder, please don’t ‘tsk’ and treat people disrespectfully. They are all patients who are suffering.”

Fans later expressed concern and responded with messages of encouragement, while others shared their own experiences and struggles with depression as well.

To a fan who was also being treated for depression, Taeyeon said: “It’s going to be okay.”

Another fan wrote: “You are someone who gives me so much strength and comfort and I’m sad that I can’t help comfort you in return.”

Taeyeon answered with: “No, you do give me a lot of comfort. That’s why I like talking with fans, I get a lot of strength from communicating with you. Thank you.”

She added: “I’m so thankful that you listen to my music and seek me out. I gain strength from you every day.”

Taeyeon recently concluded her Japanese tour which saw her performing in Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo.