EXO's Kai reveals how he fought depression after ankle injury

Kai was unable to cope up with the fact that he was wheelchaired in front of his fans.

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EXO member Kai has opened up about his passion for dance Facebook/EXO-for-Exotic-indonesia

The never-ending passion for dance is something that EXO's Kai has always highlighted in his interviews. However, during a recent chat session with Sports Seoul, the singer revealed how he ended up in depression after a severe ankle injury. It looks like the entertainer was unable to cope up with the fact that he was wheelchaired in front of his fans.

"Personally, [2016] is a year that still holds many regrets for me. I ended up appearing in a wheelchair in front of fans after severely injuring my ankle. I had to go through physical therapy and couldn't properly dance, something I love to do. In addition, I was extremely stressed that I might injure myself again," he told Sports Seoul, Soompi reported. It is reported that Kai injured his ankle after a fall during "EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM" concert tour back in July 2016. He was advised bed rest for five months.

Talking more on how he trounced his depression, the singer-dancer further added, "It hasn't been long since I've overcome [the slump]. Normally, I'm the type...who experiences happiness through dance and am someone who finds joy when I'm standing onstage. But I ended up not being able to do what I wanted to when I injured myself."

He also added that he was extra cautious while undergoing treatment for the injury, and later, was very reluctant to start heavily practicing again. Though he said that he has recovered fully, he admitted that he is not back to his best yet.

Interestingly, after the recovery, Kai has been practising more heavily than ever before. "What am I doing with myself right now," he quipped. It looks like the star is unsatisfied with how he's handling himself, he is looking forward to firing the idol inside him again. "On days I don't have schedules...I practice dancing for five hours, go to acting class for around two or three hours, and then also go to vocal training for three hours. By the time I finish, it's around 2 a.m," he said during the interview.

This article was first published on January 5, 2017