Sasaengs are an unfortunate part of idol life, particularly when you’re a member of one of Korea’s biggest groups. In the case of EXO, they were the group to beat several years ago, with their popularity eclipsing even BTS‘s, a group who currently appreciates worldwide fame that has brought the hallyu wave to corners of the globe that were previously untouched. That isn’t to say EXO doesn’t still enjoy wild popularity and fame. In fact, just last year they were recognized for their role in spreading interest in tourism to Korea.
Digressing, while sasaengs can target anyone, being a member of one of the top groups in the country certainly puts a mark on their back as they appreciate larger fanbases and more widespread fame. EXO’s Baekhyun is one of the idols who have been terrorized by sasaengs for years, from receiving calls from unknown numbers on his cell phone to having his family events crashed.
For example, at the beginning of 2018 during a live broadcast, Baekhyun expressed his annoyance at a sasaeng interrupting his stream. He called out the “fan” and even shared their phone number to give them a taste of their own medicine, however, the other person alleged that he accidentally shared the wrong phone number which led to him catching hell from the media. Although he apologized for his mistake, it was later uncovered that the phone number did indeed belong to the sasaeng and that they had lied to cover for their own mistake.
In another separate instance, Baekhyun was quick to slam sasaeng fans. During another livestream, he expressed his love and appreciation for EXO-L while condemning sasaeng for their behavior.
Sasaeng fans, who want to interrupt this time I spend with you guys, are calling again. I really hate them. I honestly hate them so much. I love EXO-Ls but I hate sasaeng fans.
Sasaengs have truly been harassing Baekhyun for years, including stalking him at his brother’s wedding in September 2013.
Because he constantly speaks out against sasaeng fans and their behavior, they often unite to slander him, although it’s claimed that some sasaengs fear Baekhyun because of his cold attitude. Although it must be difficult for Baekhyun to speak out against sasaengs, it is very admirable of him to stand up for himself and doing what is right.