Content warning: The following text handles topics of depression and suicide.
Fans were in shock when Goo Ha-ra posted the cryptic message 'Goodbye' on her SNS at 12:40 in the morning on May 26th. Goo Ha-ra's manager immediately tried to get in touch with her, failed, then hurried to her home where she found Goo Ha-ra unconscious on the floor amidst the remnants of smoke. Goo Ha-ra was quickly moved to the hospital. Her manager described Goo Ha-ra as having shown recent symptoms of depression.
Replies to Goo Ha-ra's SNS message were mostly supportive. One somewhat negative message about Goo Ha-ra's insides being a mess was quickly deleted. Others expressed sympathy for her well-being, incredulity at her actions, and thankfulness to her manager for rescuing her.
Goo Ha-ra's mental issues likely stem from an incident last August where her boyfriend allegedly attacked her and later threatened her with the public release of video tapes showing the two engaged in sexual intercourse. The ex-boyfriend was charged for these crimes back in January. He has since acknowledged some of them, but has insisted the sex tapes were not created for blackmail purposes.
Goo Ha-ra was set to testify at his next trial on May 30th. It seems likely that the stress of this upcoming event was what forced her into a mental breakdown.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, please check this international list of suicide prevention crisis centers for your local branch. If your country is not on the list, please call your local emergency services.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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