This past decade has seen a global move towards prioritising health and wellness and nowhere is this more evident than in the spheres of sports and entertainment where performers are sharing their health concerns, upfront, with their fans and pulling back on tour commitments. Recently, K-pop band Blackpink's member Jennie who was on her tour in Melbourne left her concert midway owing to her ill health. The member was on her Born Pink Tour across the world. After she left the show early, her agency YG Entertainment issued a statement on the social media platform Weverse.
The statement read," Hello, we're YG Entertainment. During the BLACKPINK WORLD TOUR [BORN PINK] IN MELBOURNE concert on June 11th (today), she couldn't be on stage until the end due to her poor condition. We apologize to the fans who supported BLACKPINK and came to the venue, and we ask for your understanding."
The statement continued to explain that despite Jennie's dedication to her craft and her fans, but was unable to continue and chose to prioritise her health. "Jenny showed her willingness to push ahead with the performance until the end but immediately took measures to ensure sufficient rest and stability with the recommendation of medical staff on the spot. Jenny felt sorry for not being able to stay with her fans until the end and expressed her intention to recover quickly. We will do our best to support Jenny to recover her condition as soon as possible. I ask for your understanding once again," the statement said.
After making a striking appearance with their performance at Coachella, the members were busy with their own schedules. Though Jennie's performance was short-lived, it was impactful enough for fans to react to her sudden exit from the concert with love and concern. They took to Twitter to wish the singer a healthy and quick recovery.
Here are some tweets:
The way her smile just disappears as the lights went out😭😭 jennie i hope your okay now🥺pic.twitter.com/LOEJ4z9xG7ADVERTISEMENT— Lesyeuxderere☁️ (@lesyeuxderere_) June 12, 2023
GET WELL SOON JENNIE— JENNIE | GET WELL SOON, NINI! (@NiniAndThePinks) June 13, 2023
WE LOVE YOU JENNIE#JENNIEYOUARELOVED
ADVERTISEMENT— Eu_gonz89 (@EGonz89) June 13, 2023
Last year, Justin Bieber cancelled his Justice World Tour in India due to health concerns. Earlier that year he had shared a post about his rare neurological disorder that had left one side of his face paralyzed. Fans were quick to show support.
In 2021, Simone Biles withdrew from Tokyo Olympics women's all-around gymnastics due to a mental health concern.
While in the past performers and sportstars have caved to the pressure from agents and managers to keep up with the packed schedules and tour commitments, the recent worldwide shift towards prioritising personal health has encouraged many of those in the public eye to choose their own well-being even if it leads to disappointed fans and potential loss to revenue or reputation.