Cha EunWoo couldn’t hold back his tears, and the members of ASTRO blamed themselves for not understanding and helping Moonbin overcome the pressure.
Currently, besides Moonbin’s family, the members of ASTRO are the most devastated by Moonbin’s passing. All five members, including former member Rocky, are currently by Moonbin’s side at the funeral home of Asan Hospital in their final moments.
According to a disclosure from a Fantagio staff, all five members, Cha Eun Woo, MJ, JinJin, Sanha, and Rocky, are extremely saddened and unable to hold back their tears streaming down their faces. Especially, the members are blaming themselves for not understanding and helping Moonbin overcome the pressure. This adds even more heaviness to their hearts.
On April 20th, in addition to the news of Moonbin (ASTRO) passing away at his private home, The New York Times mentioned a series of K-pop stars who have passed away, such as Jong Hyun (SHINee) in 2017, Minwoo of 100% (2018), Sulli of f(x), and Goo Hara in 2019.
The main purpose of The New York Times is to criticize the K-pop industry, saying that “something is not right”.
The American newspaper describes Moonbin’s case as another one among many famous individuals in their 20s who have suddenly passed away.
“Their loss makes South Korea rethink the idol industry, one of the popular cultural exports of South Korea, whether it is heading in the wrong direction,” The New York Times wrote.
Meanwhile, The Guardian criticizes the harsh training system of K-pop becoming trainees. The British newspaper believes that idols often join companies at a very young age, some as early as 13-14 years old. They are tightly controlled, spending all day in practice rooms with singing and dancing. These circumstances affect the mental well-being of idols.