Goo Hara, K-pop star in suicide bid scare, issues apology

The K-pop star has issued an apology after being treated in hospital following a suspected suicide attempt. She said she had been in agony over "overlapping issues" - possibly a reference to her ex-boyfriend, who is accused of blackmailing and assaulting the singer.
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K-pop star Goo Hara has issued an apology after being found unconscious and sent to hospital following a suspected suicide attempt on Sunday, reports say.

"I am sorry for causing concerns and a commotion. In terms of health, I am recovering … I had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues. But from now on, I will steel my heart and try to show up healthy," Goo said through a representative, according to Yonhap News.

Goo, 28, was found unconscious by her manager at her home in Seoul's Gangnam district early on Sunday morning. The manager said he visited her home, as the singer was not answering her phone and he became concerned.

Media reports say Goo posted a cryptic one-word message on her Instagram account on Saturday night - "Goodbye."

Goo is a former member of the South Korean girl group Kara and made her debut as a solo artist in July 2015. It is believed the "overlapping issues" Goo referred to include a drawn-out legal fight with a former boyfriend who has been charged with assaulting and blackmailing the singer.

If you, or someone you know, are having suicidal thoughts, help is available. For Hong Kong, dial +852 2896 0000 for The Samaritans or +852 2382 0000 for Suicide Prevention Services. In the US, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on +1 800 273 8255.

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  • Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): 1800-2214444
  • Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-2837019
  • Sage Counselling Centre: 1800-5555555
  • Care Corner Mandarin Counselling: 1800-3535800

This article was first published in South China Morning Post

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