WINNER’s Kang Seung Yoon has shared that he intentionally seeks out hate comments about himself.

The idol appeared as a guest on the May 27 episode of tvN’s talk show “Secret Garden,” where he confessed that he purposely looked for hate comments on articles written about him. “I keep reading malicious comments [about myself],” said Kang Seung Yoon. “I actually look for them. To be honest, there haven’t been that many of them recently. So I dig through all the comments to see whether there are any [hateful ones] or not, and I look for them and read them.”

Host Jung Hyung Don asked in confusion, “Why do you do that? Why would you go out of your way to give yourself stress?”

Kang Seung Yoon replied, “I really hate [reading malicious comments]. They break my heart and truly hurt my feelings, and I dislike them. But nowadays, there are less people who judge and criticize me, and one day, I suddenly realized that I had gotten too comfortable. I had started thinking, ‘I can just keep doing things the way I am now.’ That made me uneasy.”

He went on, “I think it’s a really double-sided aspect of my psyche. On one hand, I really don’t want to hear [people’s hate], but then I find myself wondering, ‘Why aren’t there more [hate comments]?’ I wonder, ‘Am I really doing a good job?’ and yet I feel nervous.”

Jung Hyung Don responded by jokingly suggesting that Kang Seung Yoon cause a scandal of some kind. Fortunately, the other hosts were quick to shoot down his idea.

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