Stray Kids are gearing up for a summer comeback with a digital single called “Lose My Breath,” featuring American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth. The track is set to drop on May 10 at 1:00 PM KST and serves as a precursor to a highly-anticipated Korean album due later in the year. This marks the first time Stray Kids has collaborated with a Western artist. As such, some say this song is proof that Stray Kids is looking to significantly expand their international presence.


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A wave of controversy

While the collaboration has stirred considerable excitement among some fans, it has also unleashed a wave of controversy because of Charlie Puth’s involvement. Some fans of Stray Kids, known as STAYs, have voiced their intent to boycott “Lose My Breath.” They also asked the group’s agency, JYP Entertainment, for a version of the song without Puth’s vocals. This reaction stems from issues Puth faced in the past, namely the accusations of him being a Zionist and a rape apologist.

Charlie Puth has faced criticism over his perceived support for Israel in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. Since October 7, 2023, the conflict has resulted in significant casualties. The Palestinian death toll reached 33,843, with at least 76,575 injured. Puth’s family, including his sister, has been identified by some as Zionists, and Puth himself has liked and shared posts by other celebrities who support Israel.

Moreover, Puth has been accused of being a rape apologist due to his support for Swedish music producer Dr. Luke, whom American pop star Kesha accused of abuse. Additionally, Puth’s social media history includes support for controversial figures like former U.S. President Donald Trump.


Its a hard pass for me on the lose my breath collab with cha*rlie puth… #straykids #skzstay

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Stray Kids’ reputation

Despite the controversy, the excitement for “Lose My Breath” remains high. The teaser for the song quickly amassed millions of views, indicating strong interest in the collaboration. The group is also set to appear at this year’s Lollapalooza festival. It will be held at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, on August 2. As of this writing, tickets to the festival are sold out.

Stray Kids previously performed at Lollapalooza Paris, making them the first K-pop artist to headline that particular edition of the festival.

As the song’s release date approaches, all eyes will be on how this single will impact Stray Kids’ reputation and what it will mean for their future projects. – K-Pop News Writer

Featured Image: Some STAYs are choosing to sit on the sidelines for this comeback. Source: X/@Stray_Kids.