K-pop star Kang Daniel has put his music and entertainment career on hold due to depression and panic disorder, his management agency release a statement on Dec 4.
Hello. This is KONNECT Entertainment.
Below is our official statement regarding our artist Kang Daniel.
Starting from the first half of the year, Kang Daniel visited the hospital after experiencing poor health due to a weak immune system as well as psychological anxiety. After a detailed examination, he was diagnosed with depression and panic disorder. Following this, he has continued to focus on treatment through psychotherapy and medication.
Though Kang Daniel did his best to stay grounded and not falter in a constantly changing environment despite his state, he recently expressed more severe symptoms of anxiety. Thus, we reached the conclusion that sufficient rest and stability is of the highest priority for the artist’s health and safety.
We canceled the pre-recording for MBC Music’s “Show Champion” that was scheduled for today (December 4) in the morning, and it is not possible for him to carry out his upcoming activities normally. The truth is that it is difficult to continue promotions for his digital single “Touchin’” in this situation.
We deeply apologize to fans, broadcasting stations, media outlets, and all other related personnel for causing concern with this sudden news.
We will take all measures possible for Kang Daniel to recover his health, and we will once again keep in mind the responsibility given to an agency to protect its artist.
Moreover, we ask you to refrain from making speculations and causing misunderstandings regarding Kang Daniel’s health and future activities. We will prepare a way to keep you informed about the progress of his recovery.
Once again, we apologize for bringing unfortunate news, and we ask you to support Kang Daniel until he can return healthily.
The 23 yo solo artiste and former member of disbanded boy group Wanna One will have a hiatus from show business after being diagnosed with the mental health problems in the first half of this year, according to Konnect Entertainment.
Over the past two months, 3 young artists in the Korea entertainment industry have been found dead, raising awareness of a dark side of the industry. Sulli and Goo Hara, both K-pop singers and actresses, were found dead at their homes in October and November respectively, after becoming the centre of malicious gossip on social media. Last Tuesday, Cha In-ha, a 27 yo, was also found dead at home.
“Artiste’s health condition is our first priority,” Konnect said in a statement.
The agency also said “He is in a very difficult condition to promote the new digital single ‘Touchin’,” indicating that he will not be available for stage promotion of the song released last week.
The announcement came a day after he complained of immense mental suffering from online hate comments. He posted a message on Tuesday in his online fan community saying, “I am under immense pain. I wish somebody could please save me.”
Please get well soon Kang Daniel !