Squid Game star HoYeon Jung addresses recent weight loss amid growing fan concern


Squid Game star HoYeon Jung is opening up about her apparent rapid weight loss following the success of the Netflix series.

Fans first took notice and shared their concern over her strikingly lean appearance on social media – during and after – she attended the 2021 LACMA Art & Film Gala held in Los Angeles on November 6, 2021.

In a recent interview with Star News, via AllKpop, the model turned actress confirmed that she had, in fact, lost weight recently and blamed it on her busy promotional schedule for Squid Game in the United States. 

Confirmed: HoYeon Jung, 27, addressed the growing concern from fans over her recent weigh loss during the promotional push for Squid Game

The Seoul, South Korea native maintains that she ‘didn’t even have any time to eat’ during all of the travel, promotional appearances and interviews.  

‘So, I lost way too much weight. All the clothes that used to fit me when I first came here [to America] are too loose now,’ she admitted during yet another interview.

One particular photo taken amid the tenth annual LACMA Art & Film Gala, which she posted on Instagram, seemed to garner the most concern. 

For the photo, Jung strikes a rather generic pose, on what appears to be a balcony of a hotel or apartment, wearing a plunging, sleeveless black dress that showcases much of her ultra-lean upper body. 

Her take: The model turned actress confirmed that she had, in fact, lost weight recently and blamed it on her busy promotional schedule for Squid Game in the United States

Her take: The model turned actress confirmed that she had, in fact, lost weight recently and blamed it on her busy promotional schedule for Squid Game in the United States

While there were plenty of complimentary comments such as ‘Pretty’, ‘Rockstar’, ‘Cute’ and ‘SHES SO PRETTY AM I RIGHT?’, there was also a consistent flow of people who shared their concern for her health; and for the most part, those comments weren’t demeaning and remained respectful.

‘Your really beautiful but I got worried about the one in the black dress are you okay or eating well take care of yourself you and your health come first,’ one person wrote. 

A couple of other concerned fans shared: ‘Please don’t have an eating disorder we love you’ and ‘Plz take care of your health and nutrition ….u r beautiful anyway.’   

Hectic: The Seoul, South Korea native maintains that she ' didn't even have any time to eat' during all of the travel, promotional appearances and interviews

Hectic: The Seoul, South Korea native maintains that she ‘ didn’t even have any time to eat’ during all of the travel, promotional appearances and interviews

Comments: Fans shared both compliments and concern over her thin appearance in recent weeks

Model skills on display: The actress attended the 2021 LACMA Art & Film Gala held in Los Angeles last month

Health concerns: Fans shared their concern for the Squid Game star when she shared a series of photos on her Instagram page last week

Some others added, ‘You are getting skinnier and skinnier… hope you are happy and keeping well with your general health’; ‘Why she become so thin’; and ‘This is starting to become a problem.’       

And one fan was delicate in addressing her weight loss, writing: ‘I loved you in Squid game. I think you are an amazing actor and human. I don’t want to come off negative at all, just want to say that seeing you in the black dress made me a bit worried. I know it’s how it is for models to obtain a certain weight standard. But please make sure you are eating well, working with a holistic dietician, and making sure your physical and mental health are well and energised through food. Xo from sweden.’ 

Jung also addressed her weight loss earlier in December, after Squid Game had set a new record for most watched show on Netflix, with 142 million member households watching the dystopian South Korean series in its first four weeks of release. 

‘I lost 6 pounds in a week when it became successful, she told The Hollywood Reporteradding, I couldn’t eat — it wasn’t stress, I just didn’t know this feeling. “What’s going on out there, who am I?” I was kind of losing myself,” she confessed. 

Squid Game, a South Korean survival drama streaming series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk for Netflix, revolves around a contest where 456 players, all of whom are in deep financial debt, risk their lives to play a series of deadly risk their lives to play a series of deadly children’s games for the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize.   

Along with Jung, the cast also includes Lee Jung-jae, Wi Ha-joonO Ye, Hae-soo, Sung-taeAnupam Tripathi and Kim Joo-ryoung. 

Since its release in September, Squid Game has become the most tweeted about show on streaming television in the United States for all of 2021.    

Squid Game: The series revolves around a contest where 456 players, all of whom are in deep financial debt, risk their lives to play a series of deadly risk their lives to play a series of deadly children's games for the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize

Squid Game: The series revolves around a contest where 456 players, all of whom are in deep financial debt, risk their lives to play a series of deadly risk their lives to play a series of deadly children’s games for the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize

The series revolves around a contest where 456 players, all of whom are in deep financial debt, risk their lives to play a series of deadly risk their lives to play a series of deadly children’s games for the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize.

The title of the series draws from a similarly named Korean children’s game. 

Hwang had conceived of the idea based on his own economic struggles early in life, as well as the class disparity in South Korea and capitalism.       

No. 1: Squid Game set a new record for most watched show on Netflix, with 142 million member households watching the dystopian South Korean series in its first four weeks of release

No. 1: Squid Game set a new record for most watched show on Netflix, with 142 million member households watching the dystopian South Korean series in its first four weeks of release

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