From IU to Lee Jong Suk, K-celebrities’ different phobias 

Here are the phobias that have plagued famous singers and actors, from phone calls to flying.

“In fact, I can’t talk on the phone with anyone” – IU’s Call Phobia

On April 3, IU revealed on her YouTube channel, “In fact, I’m not good at talking on the phone. Even when talking to my mom, I feel a little uncomfortable when a call comes in.” Actress Yoo In Na, who is known to be close to IU, also confessed that IU gets startled and hastily answers the phone when she calls IU.


Phone phobia, also known as ‘Call Phobia,’ is a common symptom among modern people. In severe cases, symptoms such as heart palpitations and cold sweats occur when a call comes in, while waiting for a response after making a call but not receiving one can cause restlessness and fear. 

According to experts, phone phobia tends to be particularly severe in people in their 20s and 30s who grew up communicating through the internet, smartphones, and messengers. With the increase in non-face-to-face communication due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have been reported to suffer from this phobia.

“I only walked down alleyways to avoid people…” Lee Jong Suk’s Attention Phobia

Lee Jong Suk suffered from severe attention phobia in the past. In 2012, he said on SBS’s “Strong Heart,” “I’m fine when acting, but I get irritated when people’s attention is focused on me in a gathering with seven or more people.” He also showed signs of sweating and being unable to move properly at movie premieres and press conferences.

Lee Jong Suk

During his school days, he avoided giving presentations due to his fear of being the center of attention, and it was known that he only walked down alleyways where there were no people. However, he said that he didn’t feel phobia while acting because he immersed himself in the character.

“Even the flight attendant held my hand the entire flight…” Sandara Park’s Flight, Phone, and Bug Phobia

In 2020, Sandara Park appeared as a guest on KBS 2TV’s “Problem Child in the House” and confessed, “I had phone phobia, bug phobia, and even a fear of flying.” 

Sandara Park

She said, “I was scared just by hearing the phone ring when I had nothing to say. I had a severe fear of flying. I cried and held onto the flight attendant’s hand during every overseas tour.” Fortunately, her fear of flying has improved after receiving treatment at a specialized hospital.

Around 25 million Americans have a fear of flying. People with a fear of flying often complain of tension and anxiety throughout the flight, and in severe cases, they may experience difficulty breathing. 

However, the chance of an airplane accident due to engine failure or fuel shortage is extremely rare. The National Safety Council (NSC) even released data that the probability of dying in an airplane crash is only 1 in 11 million.

“I even have panic attacks just looking at my living room corner” – Yoon Kye Sang’s Edge Phobia

In 2017, Yoon Kye Sang’s Edge Phobia, a symptom where one cannot look directly at objects with sharp ends, such as fingers or chopsticks, was revealed.

Accordingly, Yoon Kye Sang challenged himself to a past-life experience in a variety show in 2001, where he remembered being a soldier who died from an arrow in the eye. Since then, he has developed the edge phobia. It is known that he has recovered from this phobia.

Source: Wikitree

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