“It breaks my heart to see this,” wrote Rosé of Blackpink on Instagram. “Australia is on fire and it has been for too long now. I am heartbroken for the people and homes suffering from the fires and the millions of innocent and beautiful wildlife creatures that are injured and dying right now. Australia is a place that I grew up in and I am so sad to see this happen to such a beautiful country.”
She ended off saying, “I will try my best to support and to my fans, please visit any of these links to see if you can help,” linking to a variety of charitable efforts to try and help provide relief to those affected by the fires.
Bang Chan of Stray Kids similarly addressed the tragedy on Instagram, speaking for himself and fellow Aussie bandmate Felix, saying, “I’ll be honest. Felix and I have both been having a hard time being aware that Australia is under fatal circumstances. Australia has always been known as the country, home to not only exotic flora and fauna but to amazing people as well. It is also our home where we and both our families grew up in, a place filled with all of our childhood memories. Hearing the news about the unfortunate casualties really breaks our hearts and we are praying that Australia can get better soon. We would like to thank all of our friends, families and STAYs that are doing whatever they can to help out.”
He ended with a final poem, writing: “Our land abounds in nature’s gifts/ Of beauty, rich and rare /If Australia suffers, we suffer too.”
Other singers and celebrities in the South Korean entertainment world also shared support for the cause, using their platforms to spread awareness and sharing charitable efforts, such as Jay Park, Kino of Pentagon, I.M of Monsta X, and many others.