Choi Jun-Hong, more popularly known as Zelo, was born on October 15, 1996. When he was in high school, he began practicing dancing and beatboxing. He later began auditioning for events but was unsuccessful in most of them. Zelo, however, went on to become a member of the boy band B.A.P. in January 2012. He left the group in 2019 to go solo. Let’s celebrate Zelo’s special day right here.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Choi Jun-hong


Zelo, Noona

Birth date:

October 15, 1996



Zodiac Sign:



6' 2"

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Net Worth:

$1 million

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Choi Jun-Hong, better known by his stage name Zelo, is a South Korean rapper and singer. He was born in Mokpo, South Korea on October 15, 1996. He used to be a member of the popular South Korean boy group known as B.A.P. His Zodiac sign is Libra. There is no information about his family background and early childhood, except that he and his older brother were raised in South Korea. Zelo went to school in his hometown where he used to be a soccer player. He played for his school’s soccer team and dreamed of becoming a professional player. But when Zelo approached his teens, he realized he was more interested in music.

In high school, Zelo started practicing beatboxing and dancing. He later began participating in competitions in his hometown and was recognized as a talented dancer at the Joy Dance-Plug Music Academy. This gave him the confidence to participate in other events. He started auditioning for several recording companies but he was mostly unsuccessful. He was finally accepted at TS Entertainment. After graduating from high school, Zelo enrolled at the School of Performing Arts Seoul.

Zelo collaborated with Bang Yong-guk and the pair released the song ‘Never Give Up’ on December 2, 2011. The next month, it was announced that Zelo would be a member of B.A.P. He served as the lead rapper in the group. In February 2012, the group debuted its single album “Warrior.” The group went on to release hit song after hit song until it disbanded in 2019.

Career timeline

He Joins B.A.P.

Zelo becomes a member of the boy band, B.A.P.

His Graduation

Zelo graduates from the School of Performing Arts Seoul.

Leaving the Band

Zelo leaves B.A.P. in December to pursue a solo music career.

He Signs an Exclusive Contract

Zelo signs a contract with A Entertainment in January and makes his solo debut in June with his first mini-album “Distance.”

Two Singles, One Mini-album

Zelo releases a single titled ‘Shower’ with rappers Lil Oppa and Jvde on January 5, as well as his second mini-album “Day2Day,” and its lead single ‘She and Malibu’ on April 18.

Why We Love Zelo

  1. He has many talents

    Zelo can sing, rap, dance, and act. He is a multi-talented artist.

  2. He loves his fans

    We read about his first fan meeting in Japan. It sparks excitement about having similar meetings with his fans based in other countries.

  3. He writes his own music

    Zelo sings, writes and produces his own music. His songs are of medium tempo, making us dance and sing along.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. 20 hours is not enough

    Yelo sometimes practices singing and dancing for 20 hours, but feels this is not enough.

  2. Precious item

    His skateboard is a most cherished possession.

  3. He blinks a lot

    He tends to blink more often than usual.

  4. His ideal girl

    His ideal woman is someone “with a pretty smile and who’s good in English.”

  5. His name is Greek-inspired

    His stage name is derived from Zelos, the Greek god of competition, because of how hard he works with older guys to whom he is close.

Zelo FAQs

Has any of B.A.P’s songs acclaimed?

The group’s debut single received critical acclaim from the media calling the song and its music video “strong and charismatic.”

Was B.A.P different from K-pop groups?

In terms of musical direction, B.A.P. preferred to project a “tough, bad-boy” image rather than that of a “flower boy.”

How many watched its debut single M.V.?

More than 23 million viewers have watched the music video for its debut single since it was uploaded in January 2012.

Zelo’s birthday dates

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