Recognized for her vocal range and talent, Gin Lee (李幸倪), 36, confessed she had once felt hopeless and struggled with depression. She was afraid to leave her home and face the uncertainty of her future.
Similar to many artistes, Gin suffered depression while navigating the uncertainties of her career. Her financial difficulties added to daily struggles. “At the time, I had this inexplicable fear and anxiety. I felt like a small boat drifting in the vast sea and unable to reach land. I wasn’t signed by any labels, didn’t have work, and therefore, didn’t have any income. I even had trouble supporting my day-to-day needs. I didn’t go out during that time because I didn’t want to have to spend money. I ate whatever I could scavenge at home. Sometimes, my friend would pretend to come visit me, but their true intent was to bring me food.”
On whether she sought professional help, Gin explained, “I didn’t have any money. I didn’t even have the courage to leave my house. Physically, I felt drained and without energy. I only wanted to lay there the entire day. I wasn’t diagnosed, so I don’t really know what kind of emotional disorder I had.”
With the backing of EEG’s resources, Gin released her third single this year, which exceeded 1 million views on various streaming platforms. “Everyone at my company has high hopes for me. They worked really hard to organize everything for me. I’m also trying my best so I can achieve results to thank them. I haven’t stopped working all year,” Gin said.
Gin is expected to dominate end-of-year singing awards, especially in the absence of main competitors Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜) and AGA (江海迦) due to personal issues. Allegedly, Joyce has been on hiatus due to her struggles with depression. Gin had reached out to Joyce, but did not receive a response. “Perhaps too many people have been contacting Joyce to see if she is okay, so she did not see my message. There has also been a lot of news reports [regarding her situation] lately. I want to give her some space.”
Gin tactfully added, “I think it is best when everyone does well. The most important thing in the music industry is to have choices. As singers, we impact each other.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.