Jeon So Mi, a solo artist, claimed in a recent interview with ‘MMTG’ that she suffered from the ‘celebrity plague’ after launching with IOI. As many people are aware, the ‘celebrity illness’ defines a state in which a celebrity becomes snobbish, to the point that they take their fame and attention for granted. Lee Jin Hyuk, Kang Seung Yoon, 2PM, and Lee Joon have all addressed the issue in the past.
During the interview, Jeon So Mi said:
“I caught the celebrity disease after debuting in IOI. I think every celebrity experiences it at least once. You become used to the idea of always being taken care of. I always thought that I was supposed to look perfect without a day of rest all throughout the 365 days a year. And, so I thought it was natural for other people to take care of me. I didn’t know that there would be a difference between asking for favors and saying ‘do this for me~’. I think I was subconsciously acting that way.”
When the MC asked her when she realized such things, Jeon So Mi responded: “When you debut, a rumor goes around at least once. Regardless of the truth, it happens at least once that a rumor such as ‘Oh, they don’t bow’ would go around.”
She continued, “I am a taekwondo person. A martial artist. And so, when I suddenly realized, ‘did I really lose my mind enough to behave that way?’, my mind cleared up.”
And, with that, Jeon So Mi said she was “cured” of her ‘celebrity disease’.