I get lost in people’s faces, in the kids who are crying. It’s very seldom I don’t jump down after a song to hug a kid who’s crying, because it means so much to me – it’s not about your experience, it’s about their experience. And I understand the sense of connection fans get when I interact with them at a show.

What she says: I’m Fine. 

What she means: When are idols like Taehyung from BTS or any idol going to stop apologizing for having tan skin or becoming too tan. They are beautiful  regardless of the color, and what made us fall in love with them was not the complexion of the skin, but their personality and values they’ve demonstrated. So why all the fuss? These micro-aggressions from fans sincerely need to stop because although some accept their skin, maintaining that confidence throughout their career is difficult, and sadly fans have enough power to destroy that by commenting on posts that our idols see with the complaint of  “you’re getting too dark” or “you looked better with lighter skin”.  Their skin color should not be pointed out as a flaw. They are humans too and are working their butts off going without several hours of sleep at night, rehearsing everyday, and being away from their families just to give US attention, while we return the favor by destroying their self esteem. Just stop. 

Sometimes I really want to meet idols, not to get an autograph or to shake their hand or let them know of my existence, but to make sure that someone has told them how important and special they are and make sure they feel appreciated for all their hard work.