Top 10 Idol & Fan Moments
In this booming K-pop industry, we can forget how sweet and genuine our favorite idols can be. As fans, we can idolize and dehumanize our bias because of the fact that all we see is the best parts of them through rose colored glasses. Even the biggest idols from members of BTS to TOMORROW x TOGETHER end up sharing special moments with fans, showing the pure connection and love between idols and their fanbases.
Moment 1– Suga
Suga, the popular BTS member, has held a tradition of giving back to his fans on his birthday every year. In 2014, Suga created a very intimate, thoughtful event by gifting 300 presents to his fans on his birthday. A self-portrait of Suga was made into labels for juices and snacks. These goodies were coupled with a handwritten note – yes, Suga wrote 300 notes by means of hand for his fans. The huge heart of this K-pop idol truly shined through when he realized well over 300 fans came to the event, so he still went out of his way in order to write the remaining fans hand-written notes as well.
Moment 2– RM
The master of speeches is one of the leaders of BTS, RM. RM always has the most touching words and when it comes to thank you speeches. BTS fans are first on his mind at all times. In one speech at a concert on tour, RM brought himself and fans to tears by saying “I wish there was a better word than “LOVE”. But I really truly love you. Please know that.” He said this to a stadium full of fans with tears pouring down his face. If anybody has the ability to express their gratitude and love for their fanbase, it is RM.
Moment 3 – The Ellen Show
BTS loves surprising fans and even getting in a good scare. The world-wide sensations have this in common with Ellen. In 2018, the famous talk show host and BTS joined together in this hobby and made their rounds surprising unsuspecting fans. In one segment, fans are led to take part in a bit on a ‘Friends’ set when the excited K-pop group jumped out from behind the coffee bar and gave the fans the best jump scare ever. With every prank and new group of fans, you could see the energy and joy radiating from the band.
A heart-warming moment was captured between solo-artist Bae Suzy and a fan during a fan sign. On this occasion, this Muslim fan from Indonesia gifted Suzy a gorgeous hijab, Suzy accepts it but is then confused and asks her fan to help her put it on. This incredible sign of acceptance and connection caused an uproar of support that came from the crowd as the fan helped Suzy put the hijab on. In these times of constant civil unrest and the rise of Islamophobia, this moment was special and made a statement.
Imagine working on a project on a normal day at school and out of nowhere, your favorite K-pop idol walks in to spend the rest of the day with you. This scenario isalong the lines of an absolute storybook dream, but it really happened to a university student in 2017 when Henry made a surprise entry! The metal craft student was star-struck but quickly opened her heart and began connecting and getting advice from Henry.
The most special moment of their night was when Henry was encouraging the fan to run into his arms. He yells to her “Come on! You are the main character of your life!” Taking note from her idol, the fan ran and jumped into Henry’s arms creating an amazing moment all fans would love to experience. Henry’s genuine interest and affection shined through even more so when he is shown taking this fan out to dinner in private, after filming, and continuing to be his charming, goofy self.
TOMORROW x TOGETHER
In the 2020 comeback show of TOMORROW x TOGETHER, MOAs set up the sweetest dedication to the group. A series of quests lead the group to a room that was, to their surprise, filled with supportive, sweet notes from their fans. As the group is reading them, clearly moved, a video begins to play of MOAs expressing their love and gratitude for the group. This is when the emotions become a lot for TXT – some members are smiling, some are crying from the emotional tribute.
The fan messages slowly turned into a montage of the group’s success and best moments. This was the moment many of the members begin to get emotional. The video displayed again messages from fans expressing how the group saved many of them and how much they are missed. Yeonjun and Taehyun were the most emotionally affected by this. How could they not be? The group debuted in 2019 but due to unfortunate events, the group has been unable to preform or connect at all with their MOAs. This event the special MOAs put on reassured the beloved TOMORROW x TOGETHER the reach and love they have from their true fans.
Moment 7– Eight
South Korean star, IU, is known for how sweet she is with fans. K-pop stans are able to see clearly how genuine she is. When her song Eight featuring Suga of BTS was released in 2020, the star gifted a handful of fans to enjoy the song early and give their feedback. This was just one of many times IU showed her love to her fans. Surprising fans on broadcasts and with amazing gifts is one of her favorite things to do.
Moment 8 – Jungkook Stanning Another Idol
BTS’s Jungkook admitted multiple times that the star IU is his bias. He shared that when her albums would release, he would tell everyone he could to support his favorite star. The young BTS star finally met his bias, IU at a music awards ceremony. The K-pop star was so nervous, he could not look at her and stayed turned away. This is a truly humanizing moment for fans to witness – our idols get nervous just like us!
Fanbases usually do not have a fan of their own but that is not the case with NCTzens. The group NCT’s Jaemin is the NCTzen’s No. 1 Fan, referring to the fans as NCT members and calling them princesses. The K-pop star does his best expressing his love through acts like his live birthday stream, adding a green heart every time he mentions the NCTzens, and is very active on Bubble with the group’s fans. NCTzens get messages from the star all the time and he even posts cooking tutorials.
Moment 10 – Amber Lui
One of the nicest K-pop idols is Amber Lui from the group f(x). Despite receiving more hate than the majority of idols, the talented singer is amazing to her fans and even other idols. The star is so genuine,and people feel her friendship over her star power when around her. Amber is such an advocate as well. The talented singer has no tolerance for kicking the underdog and once called someone out by saying “You can have your own standards, but you should not hurt other people”. Even when defending someone, she is so respectful and warm.
Moment 11 – Moonbyul Stanning Krystal Jung
Another charming example of fellow idols being fans of each other is the adoration MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul has for f(x)’s Krystal Jung. Moonbyul has never tried to hide this and as a matter of fact brought it up more than a few times. The MooMoos being well aware of this bring it up frequently. In one interview, when the group was asked what their type is, a group of MooMoos began to yell “Krystal” before any of the stars could respond. Moonbyul has made it clear she just wants to meet Krystal, but her celebrity crush truly shines through when she stated this about Krystal: “Every side of her is beautiful.”
Taking a stroll through the years of the best moments between idols and their fanbases truly demonstrates and reminds us of the beauty and journey we have witnessed and shared with these groups. It can become a habit of fans to idolize and dehumanize big artists, especially in a booming industry like K-pop. Global successful artists and bands like BTS, TOMORROW x TOGETHER, and Bae Suzy all have special moments with fans that represent the connection and love that is sharedwith each other. Reminiscing on amazing moments and paying attention to the effort and love idols put forth is incredibly important.