Although he has many times in the past spoken of his hard times dealing with being a Super Junior member, Hangeng recently delved further into the dark memories from being in the idol group with Beijing TV’s ‘Music Billboard Chart‘ program.
He confessed that he became a celebrity so he could earn money to support his parents and at the time, didn’t consider the possibility of being extremely popular.
He then listed his struggles, sharing, “Because I was the first foreign artist to debut in Korea, the laws on it were restricted. I couldn’t participate in advertisements and other schedules, staying on the dorm by myself. ” He felt like he lost all hope and cried when performing ‘Twins.’
He revealed that his first payment was 4000 yuan, about $650 USD, and continued to save up his money to help his struggling mother.
He also revealed that being in the Super Junior-M sub-group enabled him to earn over one million yuan ($160,000 USD) a year, as well as various concerts and advertisements. But he also added, “It was also very tiring back then because I had to translate for the Korean members that couldn’t speak Chinese. They gave me headaches.”
SM Entertainment refused to let him become an actor even though the other members could act, which was a main reason in him quitting the group. He confessed to suicidal thoughts as well, at the time.
In preparation to leave and sue the company, he constantly contacted the Korean law office yet continued to stay in touch with his manager so there wouldn’t be any suspicions.
What do you feel about his recent interview?
Article by: Emily
Edited by: KareBare
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