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Lee Hyori Says She Visited a Mental Clinic After Her Plagiarism Fiasco

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2013.07.03 20:00 Mwave Lee, KyungNam Translation Credit : Erika Kim

Lee Hyori suggested everyone get their mental health checked regularly even though it may seem it′s not needed.

On the July 2 broadcast of SBS′ Hwashin, Lee Hyori talked about how she received a checkup by her psychiatrist three years ago soon after she was accused of plagiarising for her album.

Lee Hyori Says She Visited a Mental Clinic After Her Plagiarism Fiasco

She said, "I drank alcohol every day, nervous that I would lose my popularity overnight and sad that I had been tricked. I went to a mental clinic when Kim Je Dong suggested I do so."

She added, "For checkups, you don′t need to receive counseling because it just takes a look at your mind from many different angles, using hundreds of questions, observations and drawings. I sometimes lied to save face, but they even knew I had lied for some questions. I was comfortable with it because it was just a checkup and not a counseling session."

She added, "I was really defiant toward higher-ups like broadcasting channel presidents and advertisers who could affect me a lot. The doctor picked that up, saying ′You are defiant toward those higher than you, right?′ and told me that was because my father had been strict toward me. At one point I even suffered from sociophobia because I wanted to resist the public and how they could affect me with how interested they were in me."

Lee Hyori Says She Visited a Mental Clinic After Her Plagiarism Fiasco

She thought she would find many problems, but it turned out her mind was in full health.

"I received the checkup because I was depressed, but they told me I was in fine shape. I found my confidence again when they told me I was born with strong mentals. I felt I would be able to weather anything," she said.

Photo credit: SBS

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