SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – K-pop star Kang Daniel has temporarily halted entertainment activities, his management company said on Wednesday (Dec 4), citing Kang’s ongoing struggle with depression and panic disorder.
Kang has cancelled recordings for television programmes, including Show! Champion, an MBC music programme that was scheduled for Wednesday.
“Securing enough rest for the artist’s condition is the first priority,” management agency Konnect Entertainment said in a statement, adding that Kang’s depression has worsened recently.
The announcement came just as Kang was about to start promoting his new song, TOUCHIN’.
Kang debuted in 2017 with 11-member boy band Wanna One, which was formed through the second season of the K-pop competition series, Produce 101. Kang was the front runner throughout the season.
Earlier this year, Kang became embroiled in a legal dispute with his former agency, LM Entertainment, as he debuted as a solo artist.
Although the case ended with the court ruling in Kang’s favour on the exclusive contract dispute, he was reported to have been under great stress during the period.
His first solo album, Colour On Me, released amid the legal wrangling, was not actively promoted.
Kang posted several messages on his official website this week, including one reading, “Ever since I was part of a group, I have endured unjust situations and all kinds of rumours… but I am really just so tired.”