An anonymous fan of Yongseung of VERIVERY recently took to Twitter in order to expose the behavior of a fellow fan who was being toxic and abusive towards the member during fanmeetings.
The account posted a pair of video/audio recordings of the fan and Yongseung, also mentioning in their post some background that traces back to 2019.
You have so many names, so I don’t know what to call you.
In 2021 you were going crazy asking Yongseung to wear a ₩100,000 KRW (about $80.70 USD) Pandora bracelet you gave him in 2019, and so he wore it. Also, he has been receptive to you throwing a tantrum for four years because you want to be his most special fan. What more do you want from him that would make you show up at his fan sign?
So in addition to the interactions in question, there’s stuff about forcing him to wear gifts and that the behavior has been an issue for at least a year or so.
The exchange is almost comically toxic, as if he’s responsible for her happiness, and was apparently preceded by the fan being upset because Yongseung had brought up that he made her mad at some point last year.
Fan: Whether I should just laugh as if I am brainless, or should I just move on?
Yongseung: What do you think would be best?
Fan: I don’t care about either.
Yongseung: I don’t mind either.
Fan: Do what you want.
Yongseung: I was disappointed after reading your comment yesterday. And so I feel so hurt, and it is hard for me to read comments right now.
Fan: But don’t you think how hard it is for me to hear that?
Fan: After hearing that, it just adds to what is already pent up inside me.
Yongseung: Then look, why is this keep coming up? Even when we are getting along fine like this you…
Fan: But don’t you remember what you said to me yesterday?
Yongseung: What did I say?
Fan: I did the ‘What I Want To Take After You’ thing… You told me that I didn’t laugh much last year. You kept saying that to me first… That I didn’t laugh much last year.
Yongseung: You said you didn’t laugh… I was mentioning that.
Fan: No, “Out of 365 days, laugh on 360 days.” This was in the questionnaire. But you then all of a sudden checked that…
Yongseung: You said you couldn’t laugh…
Fan: You kept bringing that up.
Fan: No, you kept bringing it up. Why does something from last year come up at that moment?
Yongseung: I was referring to when you said you were only happy five days out of the whole year.
Fan: But you are the one that keeps bringing that up.
Yongseung: Why are you keep saying that it is from last year? I don’t really understand you.
Yongseung: I want you to laugh, but you said besides the five days, you had more sad days.
Fan: I am here right now because I want to laugh tomorrow.
Yongseung: But then, how can you write something like that?
Fan: But because you keep saying that, I keep thinking of what happened last year.
Yongseung: No, you said you weren’t happy on 360 days out of the 365 days of last year.
Fan: I was telling you how I [Censored], so why are you trying to dig deeper?
Yongseung: I never meant to dig deeper.
Fan: I was once someone who was bright and laughed a lot. But you keep (talking) about that like that…
Yongseung: But last year, you were unhappy because of me, right?
Fan: I spoke to you in a good mood…
Yongseung: So then why did you switch up like that? I feel like even if we start to get along again, you’ll write something similar.
Fan: I don’t understand why you would bring that up yesterday… All of a sudden, bringing up the bad emotions that I had toward you last year. I thought we had put that behind us.
Yongseung: That is why I said I wouldn’t do something to make you feel bad this year. I was saying I wouldn’t do something similar this year.
Fan: You never said that to me.
Yongseung: No? You misunderstood me, then.
Fan: You never said something like that.
Yongseung: If you recorded [our conversation] by chance, listen to it again.
I know that K-pop companies basically survive off monetizing fans like this, and also that it’s basically a part of an idol’s job to appease parasocial fans to some extent, but holy fuck. I honestly cannot imagine dealing with this shit for years, knowing that if you lash out at these psychos you’ll be vilified.
Well, at least some good news came out of this as apparently the fan in question was recently blacklisted by Jellyfish Entertainment.
There are fans with good intentions out there, but knowing that things would’ve likely continued like normal if that person wasn’t called out publicly, it only makes me think how many similar types of fans are out there across K-pop. Bleak.