Member Mina's absence due to anxiety has not been glossed over by her bandmates or label.
One of the most common, and tired, slights about K-pop groups is that having a large amount of members means having a few missing in action can't possibly affect the team. But as TWICE begin their first-ever U.S. tour temporarily down one member, the girl group is showing how both an open dialogue about what is affecting one can lead to a growing understanding and set an accepting tone when it comes to the still-stigmatized conversations about mental health.
In early July, TWICE main dancer and vocalist Mina sat out of an event for the group in Japan for what was cited as "health reasons" from her Korean record label JYP Entertainment. Days later, on July 10, JYP shared a statement in Korean and English on their fan message board that the 22-year-old will sit out of the upcoming tour dates of the band's TWICELIGHTS world tour for reasons relating to her mental health. "Mina is currently struggling with sudden extreme anxiety and insecurity towards performing on stage," the company shared. "No exact diagnosis has been identified yet, and we are consulting with several medical professionals to verify the cause in detail. After extensive discussion with Mina and members of TWICE, we have decided that Mina’s current condition requires additional treatment, professional measures, and sufficient rest."
The announcement was not remarkable in that a K-pop star needed additional rest -- TWICE is well known for their extremely hard work ethic -- but in the openness in addressing the issue.