Amid the news that girl group aespa will participate in the Waterbomb Festival, there are growing concerns among fans about member Ningning.
On June 5th, “Waterbomb Seoul 2023” (hereinafter referred to as “Waterbomb”) unveiled its lineup. “Waterbomb” is scheduled to be held at the Auxiliary Stadium in the Jamsil Sports Complex from June 23rd to 25th.
According to the lineup, STAYC, Kwon Eunbi, Zico, Woo Won Jae, Coogie, Ash Island, Swings, Sik-K, Haon and BTOB will appear on June 23rd, while Jay Park, Jessi, Camo, Loco, Gray, Yugyeom, PH-1, Leellamarz, Zior Park and Oh My Girl will appear on June 24th.
BIG Naughty, Simon Dominic, Lee Young Ji, DPR LIVE, HyunA, Bibi and aespa will perform on June 25th.
However, many people are increasingly concerned about aespa Ningning.
“Waterbomb” is the largest music and water-themed festival in Korea. The event offers a variety of performances for the audience while getting them soaked in cool waters in the summer heat. In particular, the audience can shoot water guns at artists.
In an interview with the fashion magazine “Vogue China” in March, Ningning mentioned that she often carries eye drops regardless of where she is going due to her poor eyesight.
At that time, she said, “I had eye surgery when I was a child. My right eye can barely see anything. Therefore, I carry eye drops with me to keep my eyes from drying out and to protect my eyes.“
According to Chinese media, Ningning is suffering from acanthamoeba keratitis.
Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare disease in which amoebae of the genus Acanthamoeba invade the clear portion of the front (cornea) of the eye. It is infected through tap water, swimming pool water, river water and sea water. Acanthamoeba keratitis can result in permanent visual impairment or blindness.
Fans are worried that Ningning, who can barely see in one eye, will get water in her eyes.
At the previous Waterbomb event, several artists complained of pain after being shot in the face by the audience’s water guns. During the performance, (G)I-DLE Jeon Soyeon also requested, “Please don’t shoot me in the eyes.“