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Kpop Star Jang Jae In Opened Up About Her Past Trauma

today24 September 2020

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Korean singer Jang Jae In opened up about suffering from mental health and past trauma due to facing assault when she was just 19.

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On September 22, the artist took to her Instagram account to share her story. She began with, “Celebrating how I finished recording an album today that’s taken a long time and how things are improving as I’m consistently receiving therapy! I’m leaving this message. It took me 11 years to tell this story.’’ 

The 29-year-old then continued, ‘’I had my first seizure when I was 17 years old, and at the age of 18, I began to suffer from severe anxiety, seizures, hyperventilation, insomnia, anorexia, and bulimia due to events that I don’t even want to talk about. (Those who have suffered from these things probably already know what I’m referring to, and they’ve really went through a lot.)’’

I hope that with my singing I can become a source of strength for someone who’s going through the same thing as me

‘’Just as I had found courage back then, if I were able to pass on that strength to others, then wouldn’t the things I’ve gone through become meaningful? That way of thinking is what helped me ground myself in the worst of situations, and even now, if I were able to give strength to others, I think I’d be very happy.’’ 

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She continued by revealing that the culprit had been a victim of bullying. According to Jae In, he was coerced by a group of people into assaulting her. “One winter, I was just passing by, and they saw me. Apparently, they promised him that if he did that to me, they wouldn’t bother him,” recalled Jae In.

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‘’The reason why it was hard for me to learn about this was because I thought, “If that guy is a victim as well, then what exactly am I? What did I just go through?” That’s what broke my heart the most.’’

She then concluded with, ”Now that I’m older, I have better judgment about those things, but if I reflect on the general situation, I think about how nice it would have been if someone had told me that what happened to me wasn’t my fault. There are probably more victims of sexual assault living with shame and guilt than you’d think, like me.”

I think about how nice it would have been if someone had told me that what happened to me wasn’t my fault

In her following updates on Instagram Story, Jae In admitted that she initially felt anxious after sharing her dark past. “But after reading all the uplifting comments left by all of you, I managed to calm myself down. I’m really thankful for that,” wrote the “Venus” songbird. She also assured her fans that she’s been coping well with her life after her previous struggles. 

Written by: Aqilah Najwa


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