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A K-Pop Singer Has Apologized After His Comments On Depression Went Viral

The viral comment was taken from a conversation with a fan at a private meet and greet.

Posted on January 2, 2018, at 10:44 a.m. ET

Byun Baek-hyun โ€“ better known as Baekhyun โ€“ is a member of K-pop boy band EXO. At the weekend, EXO held a private meet and greet in Seoul.

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While at the meet and greet, an unidentified fan spoke to 25-year-old Baekhyun about her depression. While the conversation was long, it was recorded and shared online.

According to Soompi, the following was said toward the end of the conversation:

"โ€ฆIt seems that there are those who are experiencing depression as well. If I were to voice my thoughts, I donโ€™t know why people become ill with depression and insomnia. Iโ€™m not criticizing it. You may not be able to force yourself to always think good thoughts butโ€”. You know how there are people who have good energy in your life? Like friends or others, [and] you also have me. So, I hope that everyone can always smile when you see the other EXO members and myself. Ahโ€”, thatโ€™s why, with that said, I hope that everyone will be able to become a little happier. Always hang in there everyone. Fighting!โ€ He added before he left the venue, โ€œLetโ€™s all be happy together. Really, letโ€™s be happy. Happy new year! Letโ€™s smile together in 2018. Donโ€™t be too stressed, and see you next year!"

Some have also claimed Baekhyun asked, "[Is it] Because you like it?" in relation to why people have depression.

Some people online who heard and read parts of the conversation expressed anger, believing Baekhyun's comments on depression to be offensive.

exols think their faves are so perfect, never do anything wrong, and never acknowledge when they do something wrongโ€ฆ https://t.co/knrefl7PDx

If you donโ€™t know what happened, I want to warn you before accepting apologies. That wasnโ€™t a mistranslation, it isโ€ฆ https://t.co/sWptO2EIjj

Others claimed that the excerpt had been mistranslated or taken out of context.

a fan told baekhyun she was suffering from depression & he said that while he doesnโ€™t suffer/understand depression,โ€ฆ https://t.co/W1QgKsl4h1

This would've gone this far if that person didn't purposely mistranslated Baekhyun's words.

Nothing hurts more knowing that Baekhyun had to apologize when he done nothing wrong. He created a beautiful memoryโ€ฆ https://t.co/SySJVe33FM

And that the mistranslation was a deliberate move by a BTS fan. The two bands' fans often clash on social media.

if Baekhyun posted an apology for something he didn't do, then @bts_twt should post an apology on the behalf of theโ€ฆ https://t.co/2sWLXn4fjV

If Baekhyun saw all that mess they did.Then why BTS shouldn't see what their fans are doing instead of stanning them ? yes you get my point.

It was a mess.

Stop Hating On Baekhyun Stop Hating On Exo Stop Hating On Bts Stop Hating The Whole Fandom Stop Telling Bts Toโ€ฆ https://t.co/lynmqmfAbm

Following the social media backlash, the fan apparently involved in the viral conversation later shared a series of clarifications to her Twitter page. In them, she said the K-pop star's words had "touched" her.

20171230 ์—‘์†Œ ์œ ๋‹ˆ๋ฒ„์Šค ํŒฌ์‹ธํ›„๊ธฐ์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ๋‘๋ฒˆ์งธ ํ”ผ๋“œ๋ฐฑ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ผญ ์ฝ์–ด์ฃผ์‹œ๊ณ  ์˜คํ•ด ํ’€์–ด์ฃผ์…จ์œผ๋ฉด ์ข‹๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

Here is what they said, according to other Twitter fans.

She also shared a signed photo given to her by Baekhyun in which he wrote, "Thank you for being born!!"

๊ทธ๋žฌ๋”๋‹ˆ ์‹ธ์ธํ•˜๊ณ  ํƒœ์–ด๋‹ค์ค˜์„œ ๊ฐ์‚ฌํ•ด์š”!! ์“ฐ๋Š”๋ฐ ๋งค์ง์ด ๋‹ค๋‹ณ์•˜๋‚˜๋ด ์—„์ฒญ ํ๋ฆฐ๊ฑฐ์•ผ ๊ทธ๋ž˜์„œ ์•„์•— ์‹ธ์ธ์ด ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ํ๋ ท..ํ–ˆ๋”๋‹ˆ ์ž ๊น๋งŒ!! ํ•˜๊ณ  ํŽœ ํ˜ธํ˜ธ ๋ถˆ์–ด์„œ ์œ„์— ์ •์„ฑ์Šค๋Ÿฝ๊ฒŒ ๋ง๊ทธ๋ ค์ฃผ๊ณ ๋Š” ์•„....๋” ์ด์ƒํ•ด์ ธ์จยดใ……โ€ฆ https://t.co/7SdzEBz092

Following the controversy, Baekhyun released a statement on his Instagram account, apologizing and saying he feels scared of depression. Read a translation by a fan below.

His fans have now started a campaign to direct positive comments toward him with the hashtag #WeLoveYouBaekhyun and through comments on his social media.

I cannot believe that baekhyun just had to write a apology on instagram bc a couple of fucking low lifeโ€™s twisted hโ€ฆ https://t.co/so5Cd2nZs0

#WeLoveYouBaekhyun Your intentions were pure, but people misunderstood. You did nothing wrong, but you wrote anโ€ฆ https://t.co/Kf71dKfAI3

BuzzFeed has reached out to EXO's record label for further comment.

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