Kang Eui-geon, popularly known as Kang Daniel, was born on December 10, 1996. He rose to stardom after representing M.M.O. on the second season of “Produce 101.” Daniel’s ample talent and charming personality gained him devotion from fans and a significant amount of votes that helped him bag the top prize. Since winning first place, Daniel has been thriving, bagging three advertising contracts and his EP debuting at number one on South Korea’s pop chart. He is considered one of the most popular celebrities in Korea right now. There’s more to him you should know, join us as we celebrate his special day here!
Kang Daniel, Niel, Danik, Peach
December 10, 1996
Kang Daniel was born Kang Eui-geon on December 10, 1996, in Busan, South Korea. Daniel doesn’t come from a very prestigious background. After one of his father’s businesses failed, his family had to readjust by moving into a basement. The uncomfortable living situation, among others, led to his parents divorcing and his mother raising him on her own. Regardless of the separation, he kept his last name Eui-geon. People found it difficult to pronounce, and he eventually changed it formally in 2021. Daniel, a Biblical hero, was one of his sources of inspiration. He was bullied in high school for his looks. He still found a way to cope with the problem when a teacher suggested that he try dancing to rebuild his self-esteem. He continued down this path, joining a b-boy community in his hometown. Daniel went further to attend Peniel International High School of the Arts, where he majored in modern dance.
In 2014, Daniel decided to move to Seoul to fulfill his dream of becoming an idol. He started working as a trainer with B2M Entertainment and then joined M.M.O. Entertainment. Since the company lacked facilities and funding, Daniel found that he was teaching himself dance and life skills to survive. Shortly after an opportunity came knocking, Daniel and his colleague at M.M.O. decided to join the second season of “Produce 101.” His glossy pink hair (at the time) and bright personality attracted some attention. A few episodes later, his popularity started rising. His hard work paid off as his performances in the final episodes earned him first place.
He teamed up with the group “Wanna One,” who sold over a million copies of their debut mini-album, bagging them several awards. The group was always known to be temporary, so fans were not surprised when they announced their disbandment. The fans were elated to know that Daniel would continue his solo career. He also claimed victory in a conflict that arose with his rise to stardom when he met legal challenges from his former label.
Daniel rises to fame as the winner of the second season of “Produce 101.”
He is featured as a rising star in the entertainment field for 'Forbes 2030 Power Leaders' (Korea).
The star decides to open a personal Instagram account and gains a following of over a million in just under 12 hours.
After his hiatus, Daniel releases his music video, 'Paranoia,' where he opens up about his mental health issues and inspires many of his fans and artists.
Why We Love Kang Daniel
He is a do-gooder
Daniel has always been known for his kindness. He is a kind-hearted gentleman with a loving personality. He shows he cares by using his fame to raise awareness for noble causes, in big and small ways.
He is bilingual
His ability to speak two languages, English and Korean, is a major turn-on for international fans. It's one thing to appreciate our favorite singer's performance, melody, and style, and another to appreciate the meaning behind their craft.
Daniel has been likable since his face hit the screens, but his looks aren't everything. People are drawn to his down-to-earth personality and relatable interests, like his love for ramen.
5 Surprising Facts
He wasn’t the star of the show
Even though he came first in “Produce 101” of season two, Daniel was never the center of the performances.
He loves gummy candy
Daniel states that gummy candy is one of his favorite snacks, and admits that he carries some everywhere he goes.
He represents luxury brands
Daniel has collaborated with many luxury brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Chanel, Fendi, Valentino, and Calvin Klein.
He has several food allergies
Though Daniel loves home-cooked meals, he is allergic and has to steer clear of some kinds of seafood, such as shrimp and lobster.
He is a football fan
Daniel enjoys watching football and his favorite football player is Wayne Rooney.
Kang Daniel FAQs
Does Kang Daniel have a girlfriend?
Daniel is not currently dating anyone. His last relationship with Jihyo of the girl group “Twice” speculatively ended sometime in 2020.
Does Kang Daniel have any pets?
Yes. Daniel is a proud cat dad of two female cats named Peter and Rooney.
Who is Kang Daniel’s best friend?
After receiving a call from Yoongi, also known as B.T.S.’ Suga, the two started to form a close friendship.
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