BTS star V has called out ‘sasaeng fans’ for their stalking and invasive behaviour, saying it makes the band feel ‘scared’.
K-pop stars don’t often speak out on the dark side of fame, but V – aka Kim Taehyung – has called out obsessive fans to cross the line.
Speaking on V Live, the 23-year-old said: ‘I should say this on our team’s behalf. You know how we get on planes by ourselves? We fly on a charter flight. We actually want to fly on a regular flight.
‘But when we travel long distance or short distance, fans may know beforehand that we will be boarding and sit next to us, or in front of us.’
V continued: ‘There are those fans. In those private spaces, we don’t get to relax as much as we want to. So we were a bit uncomfortable.
‘[And] to be frank with you, we don’t want you to do that. It’s really scary.’
This isn’t the first time BTS have spoken out about obsessive behaviour from a section of fans.
In July, Jungkook held a personal V-Live while relaxing, and while enjoying a glass of wine, his phone rang.
According to Koreaboo, the maknae said: ‘This is a call from a fan. It’s saying “You’re doing a V-Live and I just called to check”.
‘What I do is, I immediately blocked the call. I actually get a lot of calls from sasaeng fans.’
Sasaeng – meaning private life – or sasaeng fan refers to an obsessive fan that stalks or invades the privacy of a Korean idol.
While BTS have to deal with sasaeng, the majority of their fans subscribe to the ARMY, the name given to their devoted fanbase.
It’s been another hugely successful year for the band, made up of V, Jungkook, RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin and Jin.
In May, their album Map Of The Soul: Persona topped the charts in the US and the UK, and they went on to sell out Wembley Stadium on their Love Yourself World Tour.
And this month, BTS were named Artist of the Year at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, where they won all four daesang (grand awards).
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