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Rising K-pop band Great Guys perform at the Korea Drama Festival in Jinju, South Korea, in October 2019.

Grueling gym routines, restrictive diets, and no dating: K-pop stars tell us about the dark side of their industry

K-pop stars seem to have it all, with millions of fans around the world. But not enough people talk about how hard it is to be — and stay — a star.
A composite image showing performances from Choi Jong-hoon and Jung Joon-young.

2 K-pop stars were jailed for raping a drunk, unconscious woman in a scandal that shows the industry’s dark underbelly

Choi Jong-hoon of FT Island was sentenced to five years and Jung Joon-young of Drug Restaurant was given six years by Seoul Central District Court.

‘Hope you and Sulli smile together in heaven’: Fans mourn Goo Hara, months after recovery from suicide attempt

K-pop fans are now concerned for Super Junior member Kim Heechul, who was close to both Goo Hara and Sulli.
The Michelin Guide launched in Seoul for 2017.

A South Korean chef is suing the ‘corrupt’ Michelin Guide for including his restaurant after he asked it not to

Eo Yun-gwon, who runs Italian establishment Ristorante Eo, said he is taking action using the country's law against public insult, according to CNN.
President Donald Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019.

North Korea says no more talks with US a day after the US gave in to North Korea’s demands

"As we have got nothing in return, we will no longer gift the US president with something he can boast of," a North Korean official said.
Residents near the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea found a stream of swine fever contaminated blood.

A stream along the South Korean border turned red after the government slaughtered thousands of pigs infected with swine fever

Officials narrowly prevented the bloody water from contaminating one of Seoul's main water sources.
A sign saying "We do not sell Japanese products!" next to cans of South Korean beer at a grocery shop in Seoul, South Korea, in July 2019.

Beer exports from Japan to South Korea have fallen 99.9% as their bitter, personal trade war rages on

Japan's finance ministry announced that it sent just $5,400 worth of beer to South Korea in September 2019, down from more than $7 million in 2018.
The clip featured a conversation between 98-year-old US fashion icon Iris Apfel and teenage fashion designer Kheris Rogers.

Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo pulled a TV ad in South Korea after viewers complained it mocked World War II sex slavery amid the 2 nations’ esc...

The ad referenced the time period of 80 years ago, triggering criticism from South Koreans who associate it vividly with Japanese occupation.

K-pop star Sulli, who has died aged 25, had been subject to ‘malicious’ online comments

SM Entertainment said that the late star's funeral will be kept private, and its location kept secret.