— by Dong Sun-hwa: “Every flow has its ebb” and so does every star.

Members of K-pop groups enjoy their glory days when they are young; but after a group disbands, the stars, still in their 20s or 30s, are left to face the “real world” out of the spotlight.

This is the situation that almost all K-pop stars have to deal with after “careers” lasting just a few years. According to the Fair Trade Commission, seven years is the longest single contract period between a management company and a singer. After that, the two have to renew it to maintain a business relationship, but more often than not, they choose not to…

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