Lee Felix, widely recognized by his stage name Felix, was born on September 15, 2000, in Sydney. He is a South Korean rapper, singer, and dancer who rose to prominence as a member of the acclaimed K-pop group Stray Kids. Felix possesses a unique blend of talents that have made him a standout artist in the global music industry. He made his debut with Stray Kids in 2018 under JYP Entertainment, showcasing his exceptional rap skills, signature deep voice, and captivating stage presence. As a key part of the group, Felix has contributed to their chart-topping music and has become a beloved figure among fans, known as “Stays.” His dedication to his craft, magnetic charisma, and determination have solidified his status as one of K-pop’s most beloved stars. We’re celebrating this talented artist and his achievements today.
Rapper, dancer, and singer Lee Felix is one of the biggest K-pop stars in the world. Born Lee Yong Bok on September 15, 2000, in Sydney, Australia, his parents are Korean immigrants. Felix 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,’ which 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 JYP Entertainment. He was chosen for the group after just a year of training, and was handpicked by Bang Chan, the leader of Stray Kids. The group was 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 group released their debut E.P., “Mixtape,” which included the smash tune ‘Hellevator.’ The E.P. reached number two on the U.S. World Albums Chart.
In 2018, he and the group were officially revealed to the public and catapulted to fame with the song ‘District 9’ from their E.P. “I Am Not.” The song and album became massive hits and earned them several awards, including an Asia Artist Award, the Fact Music Award, and an M.T.V. Europe Music Award. The following year, he took over as host of the K-pop show “Pops in Seoul.” In 2020, Stray Kids released English versions of their songs and a new compilation album “SKZ2020.” The group released “Go Live,” their first studio album, that same year and it quickly rose to the top of the sales charts. Later, the album was re-released 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 and Stray Kids took part in the reality show, “Kingdom: Legendary War,” competing against other K-pop groups and ultimately winning the show. Later that year, the group 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 Stray Kids concert, “SKZ Chocolate Factory.” Good news, however, followed shortly afterward when the band’s sixth Korean-language E.P. “Oddinary” reached the top spot on the Billboard 200, making them the third K-pop group 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, and 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 and in August 2023, Louis Vuitton announced that Felix would be their House Ambassador.
Felix begins his career on the Korean survival show "Stray Kids" after succeeding in the audition and being selected as a bandmate.
Stray Kids officially debuts on March 25.
Stray Kids receive their first M.T.V. Europe Music Award when they win for "Best Korean Act."
For the Korean version of the song ‘Going Dumb,’ they collaborate with the Swedish producer.
Felix is limited to only minimal engagement in Stray Kids' Chocolate Factory Concert due to an intervertebral disk herniation.
In March, the group’s sixth Korean E.P., “Oddinary,” reaches the number one spot on the Billboard 200.
In August, the brand announces that Felix will be their newest House Ambassador.
Why We Love Lee Felix
His unique voice
Felix's voice often surprises those hearing him rap for the first time. He has a deep, distinctive voice that sets him apart.
He is incredibly hardworking and dedicated to his craft. He has shared stories about his journey to becoming a K-pop star, highlighting the challenges he faced and the hard work he put in to achieve his dreams.
His positive attitude
Fans love the positivity and gratitude he radiates in interviews and during interactions with them. He is an uplifting, beloved figure in the K-pop community.
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 JYP 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.
He's a 2PM fan
Felix first listened to the songs of the popular K-pop group, 2PM, which introduced him to the genre.
Lee Felix FAQs
What is Lee Felix's role in Stray Kids?
He serves as the group’s main rapper and also contributes to vocals.
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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