Popular K-pop rapper, singer, and dancer, Lee Yong Bok, popularly known as Lee Felix, was born on September 15, 2000. Of Korean descent, the Australia-born rapper, originally from Sydney, is ascending rapidly on the popularity charts as a member of the band Stray Kids, which has won over fans worldwide with their music. Singing and dancing alongside fellow band members, Felix has also managed to carve out a space for himself with his deep voice. Let us help you celebrate the birthday of the heartthrob right here with insights and trivia from his life and career.
Rapper, dancer, and singer Lee Felix is one of the rising K-pop stars in the world. Born Lee Yong Bok on September 15, 2000, in Sydney, Australia, his sun sign is Virgo. His parents are Korean immigrants, and he has two siblings, an older sister, Rachel or Jisue Lee, and a younger sister, Olivia. In Sydney, Felix attended St. Patrick’s Marist College and was a champion swimmer and taekwondo practitioner. When he was young, his father chose the westernized name ‘Felix’ for him, which means ‘happiness,’ and was an apt moniker for the energetic, bubbly kid he was. He also played the piano from a young age and loved to sing and dance.
Felix began his career in 2016 when he auditioned in a Korean survival show, “Stray Kids,” produced by the company J.Y.P. Entertainment. He was selected, and after just a year of training, he was picked by Bang Chan, leader of the band Stray Kids, to be a part of the group named after the show they were participating in. Felix was eliminated in episode eight. However, a public vote and a plot twist in the show resulted in his reinstatement into the group with fellow member Lee Min-ho. In 2017, the band released their debut E.P., “Mixtape,” which included the smash tune ‘Hellevator.’
The E.P. reached the second spot on the U.S. World Albums Chart. In 2018, he and the band were officially revealed to the public and went on to receive their big break with the song ‘District 9’ from their E.P. “I Am Not.” The song and the album became massive hits and earned them several awards, including the Asia Artist Awards, The Fact Music Awards, and M.T.V. Europe Music Awards. The following year, he took over as host of the K-pop show “Pops in Seoul” on television. In 2020, his band released English versions of their songs and a new compilation album “SKZ2020.” The group published “Go Live,” their first studio album, the same year, and it quickly rose to the top of the sales charts. Later, the album was reissued under the name “In Life,” and the song ‘Back Door’ was included in “TIME” magazine’s pick of the top 10 songs of 2020. Then, in 2021, Felix was part of the reality show “Kingdom: Legendary War” with his band, competing against other K-pop bands and ultimately winning the show. Later in the year, Felix and the band collaborated with Swedish producer Alesso for the Korean version of the song ‘Going Dumb,’ which debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, marking the band’s first appearance on the chart.
In February 2022, it was announced that Felix had been diagnosed with an intervertebral disk herniation, and he would be limiting his participation in the upcoming concert of Stray Kids, “S.K.Z. Chocolate Factory.” Good news, however, followed close on the heels, with the band’s sixth Korean-language E.P. “Oddinary” reaching the top spot on Billboard 200, making them the third K-pop band ever to achieve this feat. Felix has been a prevalent icon for millions of K-pop fans worldwide. As part of Stray Kids, he endorsed Jambangee Jeans, Ivy Club, Minute Maid Sparkling, and was also an honorary ambassador of the Korean Culture and Information Ministry. Along with fellow bandmates Lee Know and Hyunjin, he endorsed sneakers for the Italian brand Etro. His quiet nature and deep voice endear him to fans who eagerly await his recovery and new music.
Felix begins his career on the Korean survival show "Stray Kids" after succeeding in the audition, where he is selected as a bandmate.
Stray Kids is officially disclosed as a band to the public, with nine original bandmates, including Felix.
Felix takes over as the host of the show presented on Arirang T.V.
Felix's band, which is nominated for ‘Best Korean Act,’ receives their first M.T.V. Europe Music Award.
For the Korean version of the song ‘Go Dumb,’ he and the band collaborate with the Swedish producer.
Felix is limited to only a minimal level of engagement in Stray Kids' “S.K.Z.'s Chocolate Factory Concert” due to an intervertebral disk herniation.
In March, the band’s sixth Korean E.P., “Oddinary,” reaches the number one spot on the Billboard 200.
Why We Love Lee Felix
He just wants to keep himself and others happy
Even as a star, Felix is clear about his priorities. Everything he does, including baking cookies, he does with the intent to ensure that he is happy doing it and others derive happiness from it.
He is modest and calm
With all the media frenzy surrounding him, Felix continues to stay level-headed. He is clear about his goals and pursues them with dedication, which is rare among his peers.
He is constantly working on improving himself
Felix is understanding of his flaws, yet it does not stop him from improving. He continually strives to get better and is always picking up new knowledge.
5 Surprising Facts
He was unsure about being selected
Felix has revealed he wasn’t confident he would be selected to be a part of the band and that he was hand-picked by the band leader Bang Chan.
He enjoyed performing as a kid
Even when he was just a kid, Felix enjoyed performing for family and friends and knew he would one day like to perform in public and make it big!
He couldn’t speak Korean until Stray Kids
Born and raised in Sydney, Felix could not speak Korean and only learned it later after being selected for training by J.Y.P. Entertainment.
His voice changed after puberty
The deep, resonant voice we now associate with Felix was not how he always sang — it was puberty that added depth to his voice.
His first K-pop band was 2 P.M.
Felix first listened to the songs of another popular K-pop band, 2 P.M., which introduced him to this popular genre.
Lee Felix FAQs
How old was Lee Felix when he debuted?
He was 17 years old when he debuted.
Why is Felix called ‘sunshine?’
Fans often call the singer ‘sunshine’ and more for his bright persona and comforting fans through tough times.
Does Lee Felix like his Korean name?
No. It’s known that Felix likes to be addressed as Lee Felix instead of his given Korean name, Lee Yongbok.
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