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Super Junior's Hardship: Just because they are from a big company doesn't mean they had it easy.

This is just some of Super Junior’s Hardship
This is like a semi-long history of SJ. Basically SJ has been through a WHOLE TON of shit in their careers. They started as a 12-member project group in 2005 by their label that intended to rotate out members. They originally included a Chinese member named Han Geng and didn’t include Kyuhyun who joined in 2006. They were actually just a collection of leftover trainees from the group that didn’t make it into the original 5-member lineup of DBSK/TVXQ.

SM decided against their original plans and the members were finalized. Against all odds, they started becoming popular in 2006 and in 2009 they released Sorry, Sorry, which among others is considered one of the most well-known KPOP songs. Unfortunately, at this point Han Geng had been having a very difficult time and sued their label for a variety of violations including (unfair contract length, poor profit distribution, not giving him a single day off in 2 years which led to severe illness, and poor handling of his visas-which meant he performed covering his face for a good while and poor individual promotion, etc.). His last appearance in an MV is the Sorry, Sorry Answer video. Another member, Kim Kibum went on hiatus in 2009 to focus on his acting career and never returned; his last MV was It’s You.

In between this period of time we have several other horrible things. In 2006, Donghae’s father succumbed to his battle with cancer-there is an emotional video somewhere on YT where he dedicates their first music show win to his dad. On their way home from the funeral, Heechul was in a car accident and he broke his leg in 5 places and had rods in it for about two years. It’s unfortunate but in some of their live performances you see that he can’t really run and there are some dance moves he just can’t complete from that injury.

In 2007, our poor maknae Kyuhyun was in a horrible car accident with Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, and Shindong. He was pretty much almost dead and in a coma, and the other three members were injured fairly badly as well (Leeteuk got over 100 stitches for glass in his back and eye, etc.). There is a whole long story about that incident as well and if you want to hear about it react to “Strong Heart Kyuhyun talks about accident” (just search it up and get the one with English subs).

Also in 2007, SM created a Mandarin subunit SJ-M with two other members-Henry (Canadian-Taiwanese) and Zhoumi (Chinese). Some fans were terrified that these two new members would ‘replace’ some of the original members (remember the original idea of SJ being a rotational project group?), so these ONLY13 fans protested and basically made Zhoumi and Henry’s lives a living hell (some still do). Fortunately, most ELFs (SJ fans) now consider them to be full members of the group (#Forever15) even though SM prevents them from performing anything except their solos and SJ-M activities at concerts.

In 2009, Kangin got a DUI and an assault charge (that one was later proven to be self-defense), so he became the first member to do his 2-year mandatory military service. In 2014, Leeteuk (the leader) had a pretty horrible thing happen. His father, who was struggling with depression and was under enormous financial burden to take care of his parents, Leeteuk’s grandparents, who both had dementia, killed the grandparents and himself in a murder-suicide.

And all of these awful things happened to them while they were under the stress of just regular idol activities like being overworked, having little sleep, trying to maintain their figures with dieting, and having various members do their military service, and constantly being scrutinized and criticized for being celebrities in the public eye.

Anyway, it’s a miracle that they are still around despite all of the challenge and are still producing and performing great music. They are considered one of the foremost groups in KPOP and are credited with leading the wave of K-pop style music into the western hemisphere.

#11YearsWithSuperJunior

Thank you Leeteuk, for being the best leader you can be, even if you have too much on your own hands.

Originally posted by parkjngsoo

Thank you Heechul, for being so extra with variety, yet so caring to your members and showing your soft side.

Originally posted by heecorner

Thank you Hangeng, for keeping the connection with your brothers and wanting to perform with them again like the past memories.

Originally posted by gaemerkyu-ssi

Thank you Yesung, for being your unique self, and singing with your strong and husky art like voice.

Originally posted by randomsuperjuniorgifs

Thank you Kangin, for showing your own special way of caring for Super Junior; even if you’re struggling, you’re willing to admit your mistakes.

Originally posted by fyukjae

Thank you Shindong, for being the mood-maker within the group and helping the members anyway you can.

Originally posted by fyukjae

Thank you Sungmin, for never forgetting the members despite your marriage, and still maintaining your adorable personality.

Originally posted by damnhaehyuk

Thank you Eunhyuk, for joking around with everyone and smiling with your classic gummy smile.

Originally posted by monkeilii

Thank you Siwon, for opening up your group with your acting as you still refer to yourself as a Super Junior member.

Originally posted by heemingie

Thank you Zhou Mi, for being your bright self despite everything you gone through and for taking care of Super Junior-M.

Originally posted by hyukk-jae

Thank you Donghae, for smiling like there’s no tomorrow, and always reassuring the members whenever needed.

Originally posted by yehae

Thank you Ryeowook, for making sure Super Junior is properly taken cared of by being your motherly self.

Originally posted by sneezes

Thank you Kibum, for remembering Super Junior, even if you moved on your own towards a slightly different path.

Originally posted by parkjngsoo

Thank you Kyuhyun, for despite teasing your elder members, you still love them with all your heart.

Originally posted by fyukjae

Thank you Henry, for expressing all of your amazing talents and enduring being a foreign member from across the country.

Originally posted by jonghyunar

Thank you Super Junior, for being The Last Man Standing, remembering the fact that your path is an and, not an end.

Originally posted by damnhaehyuk

(Even though most of you guys just tripped here… oh the irony indeed.)

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yesung1106: After long time ^^ #superjunior #holiday

Heechul’s comment on Yesung’s IG post: Indeed there’s a difference to the one Teukkie posted. Your editing is amazing for sure.

Yesung’s reply to Heechul’s comment: Of course! Colour is the most important ~

xxteukxx: ..#meeting..#superjunior#sj#sj#superjunior..

Yesung’s comment on Leeteuk’s IG post: Hahaha, unique teuk

siwon1987: good day for good friends

Yesung’s comment on Siwon’s IG post: Hahaha, maswi (masi but cutely)

eunhyukee44: I’ve also photoshopped. i love you my members #superjunior #sj #슈퍼주니어 #suju

Yesung’s comment on Hyukjae’s IG post: Hyuu.. (sighing noise)

Hyukjae’s reply to Yesung’s comment: Aesongie (c)

God I want Super Junior to have their own vlive channel so badly. They literally don’t have to do anything special. They could just sit in a plain white room talking and I would still be entertained. Just from watching 8 minutes of their insta live had me laughing and feeling so happy it was insane.

I just miss seeing them on variety shows, radio broadcasts, etc. Hell, I hardly see them on my dash and its so upsetting. I can’t wait for the comeback, I’ve missed my kings 😭