Jungkook, born Jeon Jung-kook on September 1, 1997, is one of the most famous K-pop singers to date. Although his pop career initially got off to a rocky start, he quickly found global fame and success after joining the K-pop group BTS (also known as the Bangtan Boys formed in 2010).
Jungkook is a famous pop star not only in his native South Korea but also around the world. The young singer has won the hearts of millions of avid Gen-Z K-pop fans.
Jungkook was born on September 1, 1997, in Busan, a major city in South Korea. His zodiac sign is Virgo. He attended Baekyang Elementary and Middle School in Busan and then transferred to Singu Middle School. He graduated in 2017 from the School of Performing Arts Seoul located in South Korea’s capital city.
While still a student, he unsuccessfully auditioned for a South Korean talent show, “Superstar K,” in the city of Daegu. Despite being rejected, he was determined to pursue a career in entertainment. A year after his audition, he traveled to America to train in dancing in Los Angeles, California. A year later, he joined the K-pop group BTS and made his debut with the band with the release of the song ‘2 Cool 4 Skool.’ He is the youngest member of the band. He is also the main producer of two of BTS’s songs, namely ‘Magic Shop’ and ‘Love is Not Over.’
Together with his bandmates, he received the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit from the president of South Korea in 2018. In 2021, he was named Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture.
He began his solo career in 2020 with the release of his first single titled ‘Still with You.’ A year later, he was included in the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his song ‘Stay Alive.’ He has been listed as the most-searched K-pop celebrity on both Google and YouTube between 2019 and 2021.
He debuts as a singer in the K-pop group in June.
The singer graduates from the School of Performing Arts Seoul.
Along with his other BTS members, the president of South Korea bestows on the singer the Order of Cultural Merit.
The pop sensation releases his first solo single titled ‘Still With You.’
The singer is appointed Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Cultures along with his fellow band members.
His single ‘Stay Alive’ debuts on the chart at number 95.
Why We Love Jungkook
He’s a loving brother
He gave his older brother an apartment he had bought in the Yongsan District in Seoul. The apartment is worth four billion won (which is equivalent to over three million U.S. dollars).
He’s a generous band member
He paid over 900,000 won to treat his fellow BTS members to a lavish dinner on his graduation day. The bill amounted to more than $800 but he paid it happily.
He’s proud of his hometown
The singer says he hopes to keep his Busan accent as he is proud of being a native of this town. Although he wants to develop a Seoul accent, he hopes not to lose his old one.
5 Surprising Facts
Jungkook has had a heel injury
During the Love Yourself World Tour, Jungkook injured his heel and couldn’t perform the choreography during the European leg of their tour.
He’s been in a car accident
The pop star was involved in a car accident involving a taxi but neither he nor the taxi driver was severely injured.
He’s an M.T.V. award winner
Jungkook has won the Instagrammer Global title at the M.T.V. Millennial Awards.
He considered “Seagull” as his stage name
The singer briefly considered using the name of this seabird as his pseudonym because it’s the symbol of Busan, his hometown.
He loves American singer Charlie Puth
The two sang Puth’s song ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ together at the MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards.
Is Jungkook in a relationship?
There were rumors in 2021 that the singer and Lee Yoo Bi, a South Korean actress, were dating but they have denied the reports.
Is Jungkook getting married?
The singer has said he will never marry, although he hasn’t revealed a particular reason for his decision.
Who is Jungkook’s best friend?
Kim Yugyeom from the Korean band GOT7 has been Jungkook’s best friend since he was 19 years old.
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