Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Jonghyun battled cruel taunts about his love life and was desperate to achieve perfection, fans have revealed in the aftermath of his suicide. The lead singer of Korean K-pop boyband SHINee was just 27 when he took his own life on December 18, leaving millions of fans devastated. While the manufactured band's management kept strict control of their young charges' careers, little snippets of Jonghyun's life cast light on what he may have been going through.
But the pressure to be seen as perfect while living life as a normal twenty-something took its toll on the star. A handful of record companies are responsible for the careers of scores of bands, and will work with them on breaking into the Japanese and Chinese markets by learning the local languages and better sell records across national borders.
Young teens idolise K-pop artists and bands, whose members can often run into the double figures, and talent shows spit out new combinations of talented singers every cycle. Fans are encouraged to vote out singers of popular groups if they no longer believe the singer deserves a spot. Read More Many Korean bands have hiatuses or go through new line-ups as members drop out or get voted out Jonghyun had released solo music as well as staying with the band for almost a decade K-pop artists withstand a brutal turnaround time with their new releases.
Radio play tends to last for around a month for big singles in comparison with the UK and US, where popular artists can dominate the charts for weeks at a time , and Buzzfeed reports how Korean popstars must put out new music every three months, or else risk being forgotten about In addition, young and talented wannabes are put through extensive training programmes run by labels to turn them into stars in the shortest time possible. Once they've been signed up, musicians may find themselves under strict contracts governing their public and private behaviour, their weight, diet and workout regimes, and even who they can and cannot date.
Many would-be singers have been offered loans for plastic surgery to correct minor faults before they're allowed to be pushed into the limelight. Concerns have been raised over the exploitation of K-pop stars in the not-too-distant past - with girlband Nine Muses claiming in that they had to stick to the 'paper cup diet' - in which all their meals must fit inside a disposable cup - in order to keep their slim figures.
Read More Jonghyun's love life Korea's young stars are often given strict instructions about their dating choices by managers As with the majority of his famous peers, Kim's love life was closely monitored and shaped by his management. He was first linked to Korean singer Yu Ra after gushing over her music in a radio interview, but heartbroken fans reacted angrily to his comments. He later apologised for upsetting the fans and said he'd only been praising her as an artist.
Jonghyun was also rumoured to be dating the TV star Lee yuBi, who had appeared in 's Vampire Idol when papped pictures of them holding hands emerged in Korean media. Shin Se Kyung, who was Kim's first love Image: Instagram They dated for nine months in Image: Instagram But both of their agents denied the claims, insisting they were just friends. Jonghyun's first serious relationship was in with the actress Shin Se Kyung, who he was with for nine perfectly orchestrated months before their split the following year over their busy schedules.
But fans were convinced the two belonged together and have campaigned ever since for them to have their happily ever after. Read More How Jonghyun's family desperately tried to save him after SHINee star sent 'suicide letter' to best friend Horrific trolling over Jonghyun's LGBT rights stance Kim was trolled in , facing a barrage of vile messages over his support for a bi trans student In Kim faced a wave of anger from far-right trolls who blasted his liberal views towards 'sexual minorities', as LGBT people are called in Korea.
He had publicly supported a bisexual trans student by using one of the student's handwritten posters as his Twitter profile picture, but quickly found himself under fire from ultra-conservative trolls. But that didn't stop him from voicing his support for gay rights whenever he had the opportunity.
Read More His battle with depression Jonghyun's sister and family were aware of his mental health struggles Jonghyuan was open about his mental health, regularly talking with fans of his radio show Blue Night about sadness.
You may earn things while being lost or could make something out of it through the emotions you feel. I think it should be your judgment. You don't have to make someone else judge the satisfaction of your life. I hope that you don't feel too anxious about feeling lost in your life.
Read More 'It's been really hard - please let me go': Jonghyun's heartbreaking last message to his sister before SHINee star's tragic suicide How Jonghyun's strict self-control led to so much pressure According to a fan's fact file on the singer, Jonghyun grew up with a very strict father who owned the record shop where the young boy spent much of his time.
He was pushed to do his best by his parents, who would withhold his pocket money unless he got excellent school reports. He was plucked from obscurity by SM Entertainment at a high school concert while playing the bass guitar and was put into their high-intensity training programme before he had a chance to finish his education. He once spoke of the pressure to perform well in front of music industry bods, telling one interviewer that when he didn't sing well at training camp, he would go upstairs to the deserted floors and cry out his frustration alone.
Read More Jonghyun's heartfelt last video to SHINee fans shows singer 'saying goodbye' before taking his own life The singer had penned a song about loneliness in the months before his death Jonghyun also admitted he was something of a hypochondriac and frequently worried about his health, making sure he got plenty of exercise and carefully watched his diet.
His worries were echoed in the final texts he sent his older sister, while begging her to 'let him go'. Send me off please," he told her. This is my last greeting. In it, he had spilled his heart out, telling her he felt "worthless" and "at fault" for his inner turmoil. Just say 'you've done well'," he said. Tell me I've done well. Like us on Facebook.