'Save Me': GOT7 Mark hopes K-pop fans realize idols are humans too with his music
While pointing out that K-pop idols are humans may seem too obvious and redundant, unfortunately, it is required for the numerous delusional and toxic fans that exist in the K-pop industry. This also happens to be partly the label’s fault as they school their artists to almost have a perfect image. And so when an idol crosses that line, fans find it shocking as evident from the reactions garnered by BTS’ V smoking or EXO’s Chen getting married and having a child. As more and more idols are getting bolder, they are trying to break that facade that surrounded the older generations.
SHINee’s Minho revealed he was asked not to talk much so as to stick to his mysterious image. Similarly, fans were surprised during the times when GOT7’s Jackson or Monsta X’s Jooheon were not their cheerful selves that they are known for. Ateez’s Mingi, on the other hand, had to go on a hiatus as he started suffering from anxiety and the pressure of being an idol with fans noticing that the rest of Ateez do not put him on the spot anymore during promotional activities. And so GOT7’s Mark Tuan hopes to further show fans the truth about idols with his new music like 'Save Me'.
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In fact, while promoting his two new singles, Mark Tuan revealed that he had almost considered not making music anymore. Fans also noticed that his new music like ‘Save Me’, 'Lonely' and ‘Last Breath’ have angsty lyrics or mournful melodies as the GOT7 star wishes to express his troubles and show an honest side. And in an interview with Flaunt, he explained why he was going with this route.
‘It’s a playful relationship’
Mark shared that like all K-pop idols, he had a playful relationship with his fans. However, due to the boundaries blurring, there were times when fans would cross the line. And while many idols do not take action out of fear of being dropped, Mark shared that it was important to call fans out when they went too far. The GOT7 member said, “Sometimes they say weird things, and you gotta call them out for it. They like to make fun of me sometimes—it’s a playful relationship with fans.”
Mark also added why K-pop fans sometimes forget that idols are human too. He hoped that they would not be as harsh if they knew what idols truly went through, “For K-Pop artists, people see the good side of things, which is what the label wants to portray, and how they want people to view us. I hope that after people listen to my album, they get a different perspective about idols...We do have these thoughts, and we do go through these emotions and these feelings that normal people do. I just hope that a lot of people will be more open-minded and understand their idols a lot better.”