FILE – In this file photo dated December 2, 2016, South Korean-American singer-songwriter Eric Nam poses for photographers on the red carpet at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong. Korean-American K-pop singers, including Nam, share their experiences with stress on a series of podcasts that address mental health issues to help raise awareness outside of the K-pop community.




FILE – In this file photo dated December 2, 2016, American musician Timothy Zachery “Tim” Mosley, professionally known as Timbaland, left, and South Korean-American singer-songwriter Eric Nam pose for photographers on the red carpet at Mnet 2016 Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong. Korean-American K-pop singers, including Nam, share their experiences with stress on a series of podcasts that address mental health issues to help raise awareness outside of the K-pop community.




FILE – In this file photo dated December 2, 2016, American musician Timothy Zachery “Tim” Mosley, professionally known as Timbaland, left, and South Korean-American singer-songwriter Eric Nam pose for photographers on the 2016 red carpet Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong. Korean-American K-pop singers, including Nam, share their experiences with stress on a series of podcasts that address mental health issues to help raise awareness outside of the K-pop community.




FILE – In this September 13, 2019 photo, Jae of Day6 appears at the Playstation Theater in New York. Jae-hyung Park, better known as Jae from the K-pop band Day6, along with fellow Korean-American K-pop singers, has raised awareness of mental health outside of the K-pop community by sharing their experiences with stress have exchanged in a number of podcasts.




FILE – In this September 13, 2019 photo, Jae of Day6 appears at the Playstation Theater in New York. Jae-hyung Park, better known as Jae from the K-pop band Day6, along with fellow Korean-American K-pop singers, has raised awareness of mental health outside of the K-pop community by sharing their experiences with stress have exchanged in a number of podcasts.

From JUWON PARK Associated Press

SEOUL (AP) – K-pop star Eric Nam was meeting in New York when he suddenly felt a pain in his chest.

“I thought I had to call 911,” he said, sharing the experience from 2019. Instead, he sat there and “had to take a deep breath,” he said.

Similarly, Jae-hyung Park, better known as Jae of the K-pop band Day6, was sitting in a taxi when he returned from a music video shoot in Seoul last year when he had a heart attack.

At first he stressed it out, saying that he had been dealing with “out of place” and “strange” feelings for years. But he realized that he couldn’t ignore the symptoms and asked the driver in the “calmest voice” to take him to a nearby hospital.

“I … feel like I’m going to die, I’m going to die, I’m going to die,” he said.

Park and Nam said they later found out they had panic attacks.

Many recording artists struggle to cope with the pitfalls of fame. In South Korea, as in many cultures, it is considered taboo to talk about mental health issues, resulting in K-pop stars dealing with depression and mental illness themselves.

Nam and Park, along with fellow Korean-American K-pop artists, have raised awareness of mental health outside of the K-pop community by publicly sharing their personal travels.