Fans of SHINee and Kpop, in general, were shocked to learn about Jonghyun’s suicide back in December, and now, BTS’ RM and Suga opened up about how the painful death of their fellow singer affected them as well. As ARMY knows all too well, the members of BTS never shy away from talking about social issues, and depression and suicide are not exceptions.
During a new interview for the cover of Billboard, the rappers officially addressed Jonghyun’s suicide for the first time since it happened.
As you may already know, the boys went to pay their respects along with many other artists in the industry, but RM told us more about how heart-wrenching the days following Jonghyun’s suicide were, especially the night before the funeral.
‘We went to give our condolences that morning. I could not sleep at all the night before. It was shocking because we’d seen him so often at events. He was so successful,’ RM said.
The members were caught on the news cameras walking into the Asan Medical Center’s funeral hall at the time.
Other idol groups there to mourn included NCT, SNSD and many more.
‘It was a shock to everyone. And I really sympathize with him,’ Suga added during the interview.
RM went on to make it very clear that society needs to change in order to take some of the pressure off the young generation.
‘Honestly, from our standpoint, every day is so stressful for our generation. It is hard to get a job, it is harder to attend college now more than ever…adults need to create policies that can facilitate an overall social change. Right now, the privileged class, the upper class needs to change the way they think.’
Suga added that these problems are not actually exclusive to South Korea which is why so many fans all over the world relate so much to BTS’ lyrics.
‘And this is not just Korea, but the rest of the world. The reason why our music resonates with people around the world who are in their teens, 20s, and 30s is because of these issues,’ he explained.