Over the course of 2015, K-pop idol and K-drama actress Lee Hye Ri, better known by her stage name Hyeri, has been busy. As one-fourth of the K-pop idol group Girl’s Day, Hyeri, along with Sojin, Yura, and Minah, released their second Korean studio album titled Love. In it, their songs “Hello Bubble” and “Ring My Bell” peaked at number 13 and 2 respectively on the Korean music chart. Girl’s Day even made their debut in the Japanese music market with their first Japanese studio album, Girl’s Day 2015 Autumn Party. It consisted of Japanese versions of their Korean tracks, including “Darling” (Korean version of music video below).
Pertaining to solo endeavors, Hyeri found much success in acting. She played the main role of Min Woo Jung in Hyde, Jekyll, Me early in 2015, but found the most success in Reply 1988. She played the role of Sung Deok Sun, the lone female lead in the drama series. Upon its completion, Reply 1988 earned double-digit viewership ratings for both AGB and TNmS. Internet ratings were far more phenomenal with an average rating of 79 percent.
With so much happening for Hyeri, she needs to stay in optimum health. Ergo, it was a bit of a scare when she was sent to the hospital for a severe fever and headache. Doctors soon found out Hyeri had meningitis.
According to Korean news outlet Naver, Hyeri was rushed to a nearby hospital on March 6, 2016, at 9 a.m. KST to receive emergency treatment. Her prognosis at the time was a severe fever and headache. Hyeri first received initial treatment followed by a more thorough medical examination. That is when doctors discovered Hyeri was inflicted with meningitis, an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
Dream Tea Entertainment would confirm Hyeri’s condition to the press after the fact. They also adjusted Hyeri’s schedule so she could heal from her condition.
“She has been diagnosed with meningitis and will have to stay in the hospital for a fews days. We apologize for worrying her fans and will do everything to ensure she makes a speedy recovery.”
Hyeri’s schedule has been adjusted so she can make a full recovery in the hospital, as reported by KpopStarz. At this moment, this includes numerous master of ceremony hosting roles, such as SBS Inkigayo and the 2016 Idol Star Athletics Championships; fan appearances; media interviews; and commercials. The latter has gone up in quantity after the success of Reply 1988.
Hyeri is also possibly working on her latest comeback with the rest of the members of Girl’s Day. In an exclusive interview with Korean news outlet Sports Chosun, Dream Tea Entertainment made it known the earliest fans will get to see Girl’s Day make their comeback is in the first half of 2016, but most likely in July or August.
“Right now, if we hurry, Girl’s Day will be able to release a new album in July or August. We want to resume Girl’s Day promotional activities after Hyeri has a sufficient rest period. We decided that that is what’s best for both the group and the individuals.”
Finally, there is talks for Hyeri joining the upcoming 2016 K-drama Entertainer, as reported by Korean news outlet My Daily through Dramabeans. Reportedly, the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) offered Hyeri the female lead, a 22-year-old young woman who lost both parents and sells fish in the marketplace. Her character will have a loveline with the male lead possibly played by Ji Sung. If he agrees, Sung will take the role of an agency president representing the lowest individuals in K-pop.
If Hyeri does join the cast of Entertainer, her return to K-dramas will be on April 20, 2016, on SBS. It will replace Please Come Back, Mister on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
[Image via Screen Capture of Girl’s Day Music Video “Darling”]