As BTS member Jungkook warned against stalkers, the excessive behaviors of some fans toward idols are again under scrutiny.
On May 4, Jungkook posted on fan community platform Weverse, "Please stop sending food delivery to my house." He continued, "I won't eat it even if you send it. I appreciate your thoughts, but I'm well-fed, so please use the money for yourself. I beg you. If you send it one more time, I will track the order number on the receipt and take action. So please stop."
This is not the first time Jungkook has spoken out about the harm caused by stalkers. While staying in the United States for a Las Vegas tour concert, he was harassed by phone calls at his accommodation. Jungkook expressed his discomfort, saying, "It's annoying, scary, and awkward. Just hearing the ringtone gives me goosebumps."
Member V also revealed that some fans would book seats in front or next to them on flights, saying, "Honestly, I wish they wouldn't do that. It's scary. Really scary."
Stalkers have been exposing or violating artists' privacy for a very long time. In the 1990s, idols like Seo Taiji and Boys, H.O.T, and Sechs Kies experienced harm due to stalkers. In the 2000s, TVXQ and Super Junior faced similar issues, while the 2010s saw EXO, BTS, TWICE, and SEVENTEEN among many other idols suffering from stalker-related harm.
Kim Heechul previously confessed on 'Knowing Bros' that he stopped opening his curtains at home after receiving a text from a stalker saying, "Your underwear is cute," while he was playing with his friends in his underwear at home.
Recently, TWICE's Nayeon experienced harm due to a foreign stalker. The individual, deluded into thinking he was dating Nayeon, went as far as to find her residence, causing shock. JYP Entertainment stated at the time, "Nayeon is currently under police protection due to this issue," highlighting the severity of the situation.
While stalkers try to show off their close relationship with celebrities, their actions are no different from those of a stalker. This is why celebrities call them "sasaengs" instead of "fans."